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The Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as expressed in the art of different cultures, places and times.

Located near the Oregon State Capitol in the heart of Salem, the museum’s collections reflect the rich Pacific Northwest culture and explore the history of art around the world.

Special exhibitions range from classical works to modern masters, while the permanent galleries feature works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists as well as a diverse collection of Ancient, European, American and Asian art.

May 29 - September 2, 2018

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will offer free admission to all active military personnel and their families throughout the summer as part of the Blue Star Museums Program.

“Our participation in the Blue Star Museums Program provides a great opportunity to recognize and thank our military families for all they are doing for our country,” said Director John Olbrantz. “We also hope that it will provide the impetus for military personnel and their families to become life-long museum goers.”

This program is held in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2000 museums throughout the United States. The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the federal government that supports artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.

The free admission program is available for any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members. A complete list of the over 2000 participating museums can be found at

Current Exhibition

Strength and Dignity: Images of the Worker from the Permanent Collection

July 28 – October 21, 2018

Study Gallery and Print Study Center

Organized by curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition features a selection of American and European prints and photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that depict scenes of workers and the working class. The artworks on view were generated at a time of enormous economic, political, and social upheaval – a period that included two world wars, the industrial revolution, worldwide economic collapse, and large scale immigration to the United States. Socialist and capitalist ideas were in much debate in the Western world during this time and concern for how these changes impacted the working classes was a subject of significant artistic output.

The artworks explore various industries including, farming, logging, fishing, metal industries, and street vendors and markets. Included in the exhibition are works by Jean Charlot, John Steuart Curry, Carl Hall, Darius Kinsey, Lewis Hine, John Sloan, Marion Post Wolcott, and Myra Wiggins, among others.

Drawn from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s extensive works on paper collection, the exhibition has been organized as a companion exhibition to Witness: Themes of Social Justice in Contemporary Print- making and Photography from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundationopening September 15.

This exhibition has been made possible through the generous donations of artworks over the past 20 years, especially from the collections of Dan and Nancy Schneider, Bill Rhoades, and Gerald and Matsumi Robinson. It is supported by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.




Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Willamette University
700 State Street

Salem Oregon 97301