Current Exhibitions

Calvin Cooper, “Spotted Cat,” 1992

Calvin Cooper, “Spotted Cat,” 1992

Current Exhibition

Singular Visions: Self-Taught Artists from the Permanent Collection

January 2 – April 20, 2024

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by curator Jonathan Bucci and drawn exclusively from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection, the exhibition features works by self-taught artists—artists who have not received any formal training in the visual arts. 

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Current Exhibition

IN/BETWEEN: Senior Studio Art Majors 2024

April 20 – May 18, 2024

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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Alexandra Opie

Alexandra Opie

Current Exhibition

Alexandra Opie: What Remains

April 20 – May 18, 2024

Atrium Gallery

This year’s featured faculty member is Alexandra Opie, a professor of photography and electronic media and co-chair of the art department in the Willamette University Art Department.

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989), "The Golden Age" (detail), 1957

Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989), "The Golden Age" (detail), 1957, lithograph, collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Salem, OR, gift of Timothy Beals, 2014.008.003.005.

Current Exhibition

Dalí’s Dialogues

April 20 – May 18, 2024

The Maribeth Collins Lobby

In Dalí’s Dialogues, senior art history major Matthew Mahoney explores works drawn from several of Salvador Dalí’s portfolios that are part of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Gary Westford, “The Raft (evening moon rising)” (detail), 2018-2023 1992

Gary Westford, “The Raft (evening moon rising)” (detail), 2018-2023 1992

Upcoming Exhibition

Gary Westford: Lifeline (phases of the moon)

May 4 – August 10, 2024

Study Gallery

Gary Westford is a Salem narrative painter and conceptual artist who explores environmental, social justice, and amendment rights issues in his work.

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Louis Bunce (American, 1907-1983), “Cove #2” (detail), 1947

Louis Bunce (American, 1907-1983), “Cove #2” (detail), 1947

Upcoming Exhibition

The Artist's Eye: Selections from the Gary Westford Collection

May 4 – August 10, 2024

Print Study Gallery

Over the years, Salem artist and collector Gary Westford has donated numerous works of art to the permanent collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. The exhibition also includes a number of promised gifts, including works by Louis Bunce, Carl Hall, Gregory Grenon, and Carol Hausser.

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Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee, "Bibliotheque de Requettes Philosophique," from "Prospero’s Library" (detail), 2015.

Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee, "Bibliotheque de Requettes Philosophique," from "Prospero’s Library" (detail), 2015.

Upcoming Exhibition

Dennis Evans: Apocrypha

June 11 – August 31, 2024

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Dennis Evans: Apocrypha explores the myriad artistic accomplishments of Seattle mixed-media and performance artist Dennis Evans (American, born 1946). The exhibition chronicles the artist’s career over the past fifty years, from his early performances and installations of the 1970s and ’80s to his autonomous works and collaborations with his wife, glass artist Nancy Mee, in the 1990s and 2000s. 


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.

Henk Pander's painting of the Very Large Array (VLA)
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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