John R. Stahl: Oregon Artist

May 11 – August 11, 2019

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

John R. Stahl (American, 1937-2017) was a multi-talented artist, educator, and environmental activist who was born and educated in Michigan. Stahl and his wife Janet decided to move to Portland in 1967 so that he could enroll in the Museum Art School in Portland. Attracted by the beauty of the Oregon Coast, the Stahls built a house in 1979 on Netarts Bay near Tillamook and settled there permanently.

Organized by professor emeritus and senior faculty curator Roger Hull, the exhibition features a wide range of Stahl’s artwork from the past 45 years, including paintings, assemblages, and works on paper drawn from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s permanent collection and several private collections.

The exhibition is also presented in conjunction with the publication of a full-color, 136 page hardcover book on Stahl’s art, life and career, written by Hull with additional short essays by Janet Stahl, former Portland Art Museum curator Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson and Portland artist Lucinda Parker. The book will be available at the museum for $24.95 starting May 11.

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Members/VIP Opening Reception

Celebrating: John Stahl: Oregon Artist

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Members and museum invited guests only

Museum members and museum VIP invited guests: complimentary
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John Stahl: Oregon Artist
Roger Hull, Senior Faculty Curator, HFMA
Sunday, June 23, 2019
2 p.m.
Roger Hull Lecture Hall, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Please note that this is the updated location
Free and open to the public


John Stahl: Oregon Artist
Sunday, June 23, 2019
3-5 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

Exhibition Monograph


John R. Stahl: A Life in Art
Essays © 2019 by Roger Hull, Lucinda Parker, Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, and Janet J. Stahl
Book © 2019 by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University
Hardcover, full color, 136 pages
Available at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art starting 4/11/2019

Financial Support

Financial support for this exhibition and book has been provided by generous contributions from numerous donors as well as by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission

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John R. Stahl, "Round Butte View" (detail), 1984

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