2019-2020 Exhibitions

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Clifford Gleason, “Still Life with Spools,” ca. 1939

Clifford Gleason: The Promise of Paint

August 20 – October 31, 2020

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

Clifford Gleason (American, 1913-1978), who grew up in Salem and spent his adult life in both Salem and Portland, was a talented and highly original artist whose work remains of keen interest to a small but loyal group of collectors and fellow artists but whose accomplishments are less generally known than those of other Oregon mid-twentieth-century modernists. 

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Bonnie Hull, “Pop's Floor," 2019

Bonnie Hull: Memory as Myth

August 20 – October 17, 2020

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Salem, Oregon artist Bonnie Hull (American, born 1944) has been making drawings, paintings, and quilts in Salem for 50 years. The exhibition features new work created specifically for the exhibition as well as a variety of other work spanning her life as an artist and includes a selection of her drawing books from over the years. 

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Lockwood Dennis, “Public Market," 1992

Lockwood Dennis: Woodcuts

October 24, 2020 – January 16, 2021

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

The museum is temporarily closed until further notice
Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change

Lockwood Dennis (American, 1937-2012) was a highly regarded Washington printmaker who is known for his woodcut prints that captured iconic scenes of Seattle, Portland, and the artist’s travels throughout the western United States. 

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Virginia Darcé, "The Market" (detail), 1938

Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art in the 1930s

November 28, 2020 – March 27, 2021

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery and the Maribeth Collins Lobby

The exhibition opening has been delayed as the museum is temporarily closed till further notice
Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change


This is the first major exhibition to celebrate the bounty of artwork created in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana under the New Deal Federal Art Projects in the 1930s. Organized by the Tacoma Art Museum, the exhibition features work by such notable Pacific Northwest artists of the 1930s as Louis Bunce, Kenneth Callahan, Fay Chong, Elizabeth Colborne, Martina Gangle, Gordon Gilkey, Charles Heaney, Bue Kee, and Albert and Arthur Rundquist among others. 

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Barkley Hendricks, "Brenda P," 1974, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72" x 50", Art Bridges, image courtesy of Sotheby's

Brenda P and Prints from the Permanent Collection

Aug. 20, 2020 - March 13, 2021

Focus Gallery in the Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery

Brenda P by Barkley Hendricks, on loan through March 2021 thanks to the Art Bridges foundation, serves as the centerpiece for this exhibition. Accompanied by a selection of prints from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition presents work by some of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century and touches on themes important to many Black artists working during that time – the figure, abstraction, and history

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James Lavadour, "This Good Land" (detail), 2017, four-color lithograph

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial: Part I

February 18 – April 24, 2021

Print Study Center

Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change

The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial
is a two-part exhibition that features a selection of contemporary prints created by Native and non-Native artists at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon.

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Gold dinar, Seljuk Dynasty of Rum or Anatolia (modern Turkey). Date: 1217–1218, Mint: Konya in central Turkey, Ruler: Sultan Kay Kawus I (1211–1220)

Gold of the Caliphs: Medieval Islamic Coins from the Gary Leiser Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

February 18 – August 14, 2021

Study Gallery

Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change

This exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse into Islamic art, history, politics, economics, and religious beliefs as reflected in medieval Islamic coins minted in locations from Spain through Central Asia. Organized by guest curator Gary Leiser, the exhibition features approximately 150 of the more than 500 Islamic coins that Leiser donated to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in 2017.

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Cayla Skillin-Brauchle, "Gravity", 2019

Cayla Skillin-Brauchle: Locating

April 17 – May 16, 2021

Atrium Gallery

Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change

This year’s featured faculty member is Cayla Skillin-Brauchle (American, born 1984), who teaches drawing, conceptual art, color theory, and performance art in the art department.


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