Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University

Willamette University, the first university in the West, was founded by Methodist missionaries in Salem, Oregon in 1842. Over the years, Willamette developed a significant collection of European, Asian, Native American, and historic and contemporary regional art, and in 1998 opened Hallie Ford Museum of Art to showcase its growing collection.

The story of Willamette’s art collection has its genesis in Native American baskets that were given to the early Methodist missionaries by Clatsop Indians on the Oregon Coast and Kalapuyan Indians in the Willamette Valley. In the 1930s, the Native American collection was significantly enhanced with the addition of several hundred baskets from E.C. Cross and M.E. Polleski, two prominent Salem collectors at the turn of the century.

Over the years, other objects were donated to Willamette, including: works by Barbizon painters Camille Corot, Charles-Francoise Daubigny, Victor Dupre, and Diaz de la Pena; works by Constance Fowler and Carl Hall, both of whom taught at Willamette; a number of works by American and European artists, including James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Larry Poons; and a wide variety of works by historic and modern Oregon artists, including Harry Wentz, Louis Bunce, Jack McLarty, and Jan Zach, among others.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: paintings, Photography, printmaking and sculptures

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