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April Waters, "Ice-Time, Iceberg by Litchfield Island, Antarctica" (detail), 2019

Current Exhibition

April Waters: Water-Ice-Sky, Antarctica

May 7 – August 13, 2022

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

In 2018, Salem artist April Waters as a grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, traveled to Palmer Station, Antarctica, to observe, study, photograph, and sketch the ocean, icebergs, and Marr Glacier. The exhibition features a range of Antarctica paintings created over the past three years as well as text panels that describe her journey and the science being done at Palmer Station.

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David Roberts, "Cairo, Looking West" (detail), 1839

Current Exhibition

David Roberts: Artist and Traveler

June 4 – August 27, 2022

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

David Roberts (Scottish, 1796-1864) was a self-taught painter who rose from the depths of poverty and obscurity in Edinburgh to become one of the most celebrated artists and travelers of his generation. The exhibition features prints, drawings, and watercolors of the Iberian Peninsula and the Middle East on loan from Ken and Linda Sheppard, the Yale Center for British Art, the Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, and the Huntington Library, Museum, and Garden.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Rick Silva, "Grand Staircase-Escalante," 2018

Rick Silva, "Grand Staircase-Escalante," 2018

Upcoming Exhibition

Rick Silva: Western Fronts

August 27 – December 3, 2022

Study Gallery

Silva’s work integrates art and technology and poses questions about politics and place. As a response to the Trump administration's decision to strip land from four major national monuments – Cascade Siskiyou in Oregon, California, Gold Butte in Nevada, and Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Bears Ears in Utah - Silva sought out to critically examine the effects of the presidential declaration.
Russell Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw), "Eagle," 1988

Russell Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw, 1950-2011), "Eagle," 1988

Upcoming Exhibition

TRANSFORMATIONS: The George and Colleen Hoyt Collection of Northwest Coast Art

September 17 – December 17, 2022

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

This exhibition traces the revival and history of contemporary Northwest Coast indigenous art over the past 75 years through the George and Colleen Hoyt Collection of Pacific Northwest Art. It includes masks, wooden objects, and prints by some of Canada and Alaska’s most important and distinguished artists.

Permanent Exhibitions

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Permanent Exhibition

Northwest Perspectives: Selections from the Permanent Collection

On permanent view

Carl Hall Gallery

Visitors can explore new ideas of landscape, narrative, identity, form and process through a variety of paintings, sculptures and mixed media that highlight both visual and conceptual relationships between historic and contemporary art.

The gallery provides the museum with an opportunity to share many previously unviewed works that capture the rich and varied expressions that have taken place during the past century, which has been marked by rapid changes in the art world, the Northwest and its landscape.

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Permanent Exhibition

Ancestral Dialogues: Conversations in Native American Art

On permanent view

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery

Featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art, this exhibition is organized around the concept of dialogue. The focus is on native art history as a dynamic, rich legacy from which contemporary arts grow today. Art works are placed in conversation, juxtaposed so that the work of many generations is in visual dialogue across time, telling stories of creation, transformation, and renewal. Historic baskets, bags, regalia, and lithics are displayed side by side with contemporary art works by artists such as Rick Bartow, James Lavadour, Bud Lane, Lillian Pitt, Pat Courtney Gold, and Joe Feddersen among many others.

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Permanent Exhibition

Across Continents, Through Time

On permanent view

Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery

This exhibition features selections from the museum’s European, Asian, and American Collections, which span 4,500 years and encompass four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. On view are paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, textiles, architectural fragments, archaeological artifacts, Orthodox icons and decorative arts that will deepen visitors’ appreciation for artworks of aesthetic quality and expressive significance from cultural traditions worldwide.

Many of the works of art displayed in this gallery were generously donated to Willamette University in 1990 by Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh, and formed the basis for the creation of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Permanent Exhibition

Print Study Center

On permanent view

Print Study Center

The museum’s collections of works on paper – prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and photographs – are stored, studied and displayed in the Print Study Center. The collection includes many contemporary American works, particularly by artists of the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights include etchings by the 17th-century Dutch artist Anthonie Waterloo, and 19th-century American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, as well as an early pictorial photograph by Edward Steichen. Temporary exhibitions in the Print Study Center are designed to highlight works in the permanent collection, and complement and enhance the special exhibitions on view.

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Permanent Exhibition

Point of View

On permanent view

Landing to the second floor

In this ongoing exhibition series, we invite members of the Willamette community to share their experience or interpretation of a work of art from the perspective of their area of expertise, study, or research. Each semester we will offer a new work, and a new "point of view."

Updated Entry Requirements

• Proof of vaccination 
• A valid ID
• Wear an appropriate mask

This policy starts Tuesday, October 5, 2021 and will be in place until further notice.

COMPLETE COVID-19 INFORMATION AND VISITOR GUIDELINES

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