Sherrie Wolf: Object Lessons

August 1 – October 25, 2015

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Sherrie Wolf is a Portland painter and printmaker whose work juxtaposes traditional still life subjects (bowls of fruit, floral arrangements) with Old Master themes. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features paintings, prints, and other works on paper by the artist drawn from private collections throughout the region.

Olbrantz says, “As a painter and printmaker, Wolf has embraced the postmodern aesthetic of appropriation while employing a classical approach to art-making. By juxtaposing traditional still-life objects with Old Master themes, she offers a fresh approach to the still-life genre that is unique in contemporary art, and that places her work at the forefront of a long and distinguished tradition that dates back to the late Gothic period and even earlier.”

Born and raised in Portland, Wolf was educated at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she received her BFA degree in painting in 1974, and the Chelsea College of Art in London, where she earned her MA degree in printmaking the following year.

Wolf returned to the United States in the mid-1970s and began to teach at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she taught from 1978 to 1985 on a part-time basis.

Over the years, she has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including regular solo exhibitions at the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland since 2004, and a major exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art in California in 2014. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States, among them the Portland Art Museum and Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Wolf's work will also be featured in the upcoming Stilleven: Contemporary Still Life exhibition opening Sept. 12 and continuing through Dec. 20 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. The exhibition explores the work of 27 artists and their diverse approaches to still life through a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, glass and mixed media.



Stealing Art: Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal
Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall
Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter St. SE
Campus map: building #11
Free and open to the public

Portland painter and printmaker Sherrie Wolf will discuss her work over the past 35 years; Wolf is featured in a small solo exhibition, Sherrie Wolf: Object Lessons, in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center as well as being included in the Stilleven exhibition.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
RSVP (acceptances only): or call 503-370-6855


Financial support for this exhibition has been provided by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.


Sherrie Wolf: Artemisia Suite: Cherries after Artemisia (detail), 2002.

Sherrie Wolf: Artemisia Suite: Cherries after Artemisia (detail), 2002.

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