Nelson Sandgren: An Artist's Life

May 14 – July 17, 2016

Maribeth Collins Lobby, Study Gallery and Print Study Center

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is pleased to present a concise retrospective exhibition of the paintings and prints of Nelson Sandgren (American, born Canada, 1917-2006), an important Corvallis, Oregon, artist and teacher. Organized by Professor Emeritus and Senior Faculty Curator Roger Hull, Nelson Sandgren: An Artist’s Life features 33 works of art drawn from public and private collections throughout the region. 

Nelson Sandgren created art in three primary media—watercolor, oil, and lithography. Roger Hull, says “Sandgren produced interrelated but distinct bodies of work that could each have been an artist’s lifetime accomplishment. Sandgren’s three-fold oeuvre assured him a wide swath of exhibition opportunities, allowing him over decades to reach viewers throughout the Pacific Northwest, up and down the West Coast, in museum exhibitions nationwide, and in gallery shows in Europe.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a full color, hardcover book with an extensive essay by Professor Hull that places Sandgren's work within the broader context of American and modern art.

A variety of exhibition related events have been planned with Roger Hull and Erik Sandgren (Nelson Sandgren's son), and offer new insights into the life and times of this important and influential Oregon painter and printmaker.   

Exhibition Related Events

Opening Reception
June 3 between 6 and 8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
RSVP requested (acceptances only): 503-370-6855 or email

June 12, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Roger Hull Lecture Hall, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Enjoy 2 complimentary lectures: 

Art and Art History: Nelson’s Choices presented by Roger Hull
Materials and Methods: Nelson’s Toolbox presented by Erik Sandgren 

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June 26, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Roger Hull Lecture Hall, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Join Erik Sandgren and Roger Hull for a complimentary discussion about Nelson Sandgren

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Exhibition Monograph

Nelson Sandgren: An Artist’s Life

Essay © 2016 by Roger Hull
© 2016 by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art 
Hardcover, full color, 88 pages; 81 illustrations
ISBN 9781930957756
Distributed by University of Washington Press
Available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

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Financial Support

Financial support for the exhibition and book was provided by funds from the Maribeth Collins Art Exhibition Fund; by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission; and through the generosity of numerous friends, colleagues, family members, and former students of the artist.

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