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James Lavadour, "This Good Land" (detail), 2017, four-color lithograph

Current Exhibition

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial: Part I

February 18 – April 24, 2021

Print Study Center

Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change

The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial
is a two-part exhibition that features a selection of contemporary prints created by Native and non-Native artists at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon.

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Gold dinar, Seljuk Dynasty of Rum or Anatolia (modern Turkey). Date: 1217–1218, Mint: Konya in central Turkey, Ruler: Sultan Kay Kawus I (1211–1220)

Current Exhibition

Gold of the Caliphs: Medieval Islamic Coins from the Gary Leiser Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

February 18 – August 14, 2021

Study Gallery

Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change

This exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into Islamic art, history, politics, economics, and religious beliefs as reflected in medieval Islamic coins minted in locations from Spain through Central Asia. Organized by guest curator Gary Leiser, the exhibition features approximately 150 of the more than 500 Islamic coins that Leiser donated to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in 2017.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

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Cayla Skillin-Brauchle, "Gravity", 2019

Upcoming Exhibition

Cayla Skillin-Brauchle: Locating

April 17 – May 15, 2021

Atrium Gallery

Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change

This year’s featured faculty member is Assistant Professor of Art Cayla Skillin-Brauchle (American, born 1984), who teachesdrawing, installation art, social practice, and performance art in the art department.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Tangent: Senior Studio Art Majors 2021

April 17 – May 15, 2021

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art features the work of senior studio art majors at Willamette University. The exhibition represents the culmination of their four years at Willamette.

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Dale Chihuly, "Light Violet Macchia, with Black Lip Wrap," 1983

Upcoming Exhibition

Dale Chihuly: Cylinders, Macchia, and Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection

June 5 – August 28, 2021

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941) is an internationally-recognized Seattle glass artist who helped revolutionize the studio glass movement in the 1960s and 1970s and who helped found the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington in 1971. The exhibition features 72 glass vessels, sculptures, and drawings from the George R. Stroemple Collection of Portland, Oregon.

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Permanent Exhibitions

Lucinda Parker: [italics]Pinkish Lenticular[/italics]
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.

[italics]Tillamook Wallet Basket[/italics]
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.

[italics]Relief of a Servant[/italics]
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.

Constance Fowler, [italics]Tidal Drift[/italics]
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."


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