Custom Made Imperatives: Watercolors by Carol Hausser

August 24 – December 1, 2019

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Carol Hausser is an immensely talented Salem watercolor painter and retired art instructor at Chemeketa Community College. Raised in Bozeman, Montana and educated at the University of Washington in Seattle, Hausser chose watercolor painting early on in her career and has since become a master of the medium.

Organized by director John Olbrantz in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition features a range of Hausser’s abstract watercolors from the past 35 years. Works have been drawn from public and private collections throughout the region, including Chemeketa Community College and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The title for the exhibition, “Custom Made Imperatives,” refers to Hausser’s often rigorous self-imposed technique, and to her intentions as a painter. Instead of traditional watercolor subjects, such as landscapes, portraits, seascapes, or still lifes, she is interested in constructing a visual language pertaining to philosophical and psychological concerns, a language of personally crafted movements, ambiguities, paradoxes, and resolutions. The artistic imperatives or, in Hausser’s case, her “custom made imperatives,” are discovered in the process.



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Tuesday Gallery Talks with Artist Carol Hausser

• August 27, 2019  |  12:30 p.m.
• September 10, 2019  |  12:30 p.m.
Tours will commence in the Maribeth Collins Lobby at the museum
Free and open to the public

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Members/VIP Opening Reception
Celebrating: Custom Made Imperatives: Watercolors by Carol Hausser
and What Needs to Be Said: Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts

Saturday, September 14, 2019  |  6 - 8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Members and museum invited guests only
Tickets Required

New Members:
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Financial Support

This exhibition has been supported by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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Carol Hausser, “At the World's Edge” (detail), 2001

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