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Hallie Ford Museum, Willamette University
The Art Museum is located at 700 State Street, one block west of the Willamette University Art Building in Salem. Redesigned as the museum in 1997-98, the International Style building was constructed in 1965 as the offices for Pacific Northwest Bell. The structure contains some 27,000 square feet on three levels ( including basement); it features marble cladding on its second story and, at ground level, a screen wall of brown brick that encloses a garden surrounding the building. The Hallie Ford Museum of Art contains six galleries reflecting the range of the developing art collection and mission of the museum. Learn More

City of Salem Civic Center Art Collection
The City of Salem Art Collection is a publicly owned citizen's collection of works encompassing a wide variety of media and spanning more than fifty years of regional art history. From Constance Fowler's Gardener Oregon, painted in 1938, to James Hansen's recently restored Crescent Probe (a metal water sculpture made in the early 1970's), to Nils Lou's ceramic wall relief commissioned in the early 1990s, the Salem co!lection includes a variety of materials, styles, and periods of artmaking... Learn More

The Flap Over the Venus Statue
It began as a kindly, thoughtful act of a humble man, Carroll L. Moores. At his death in 1938, he left money to commission a work of art to honor Oregon pioneers. A committee decided on the venus statue and that's when the uproar began. Sports fans said she had a sturdier figure than the outfielders of the local ball team. Learn More

Salem Art Association
The Salem Art Association (SAA) is a nonprofit, cultural organization dedicated to art education, art appreciation and historic preservation in Salem and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1919, SAA has grown to become one of the largest community arts organizations in Oregon. SAA is responsible for the operation of Bush House Museum, the Bush Barn Art Center, both in historic Bush's Pasture Park and the Marjorie T. Sherman Visual ARTS Center, a nearby classroom facility. Learn More
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