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Salem's 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 in Salem and Oregon.

Many of the works were donated to the City, by individuals and community groups, on the occasion of two different Mayor's Invitational exhibitions, in 1972 when the Civic Center first opened, and in 19'76. Additional works have been donated individually at various times.

Since Salem's art collection is displayed throughout the Civic Center, on the lawns and plazas, in the corridors, offices, and meeting rooms, in the Library and the City Council chambers, this brochure has been developed to help viewers conduct self-guided tours to discover the full range of the collection, an important artistic and historic community resource.

Researched and written by Barbara Roberts, City of Salem

City Hall Main Floor:

Untitled by Bruce West
Polished Chrome
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph I. Moreland
Courtyard

City Hall Second Floor:

Big Nestucca by Ray Grimm
Ceramic and Brass
Gift of IBM, 1972
Room 205

Carved Doors
Oak
Gift of Dr. Floyd Utter Family
Mayor/City Manager's Office

The Dream by Harry Widman
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Don Burkland
Finance Office

Elk Herd by Delbert Hodges
Welded Steel
Gift of Grabenhorst Family
Room 205

Log Shortage by Fred W. Smith
Watercolor on Paper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Vern Miller, 1972
City Attorney's Office, Room 200

Majestic Supremacy by Delbert Hodges
Welded Steel
Gift of Mr. and Mrs: Carl Gerlinger
Outside Corridor (Personnel #225)

Red Rock by Hank Kowert
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Ernie Miller
Mortgage Bancorporation, 1972
Mayor/City Manager Office

City Hall Second Floor
Council Chambers:

2001 B.C. by Phil and Kristy St. Clair
Leather Over Wood
Gift of Meier and Frank Company, 1972

After a Long Winter by
Madeleine Leipe
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Bonesteele Family

Argonaut by Ruth Culbertson
Fiber Hanging
Purchased at 2nd Mayor's Invitational
Art Show, 1976

Bronze Panels
Gift of Howard Belton Family
Council Chamber Doors

Extra-Terrestrial by Tom Cappuccio
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
Gift of Justice and Mrs. Kenneth O'Connel

Northwest Coast by Michael Dailey
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Sprague
and Family

Oregon Landscape by Carl Hall
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Artist

Untitled by Weltzin Blix
Cast Aluminuim
Gift of Don Burkland

City Hall Third Floor:

Swedish Block Print
Color Wood Block Prints From Sweden
Recreation Superintendent's Office,
Room 300
Donated to Mayor, 1995

Fission by Constance Fowler
Mixed Media
Gift of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, 1972
Room #305

Untitled
Wood
Gift of Oregon Correctional Institute, 1972
Director of Community Services Office, Room 300

Vine Maple and Volcanic Rock by Nete King
Mixed Media on Canvas
Gift of Artist
Room 305

Wind Shadow by Tom Guyot
Black Walnut Wood
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Coburn Grabenhorst
Room 310

Outside Sculptures:

Cresent Probe by James Hansen
Stainless Steel
Communitywide Donations
Outside between Library and City Hall

In a Quiet Meadow by Delbert Hodges
Welded Steel
Gift of Mrs. Carl F. Gerlinger
Outside Library, South Lawn

Matrix II by Charles Kelly
Corten Steel and Cement
Gift of Salem Insurance Agents of the
Marion-Polk Agents Association
Between Library and City Hall, East Lawn

Untitled by William Roy (black disks)
Steel
Gift of LaPointes, 1972
City Hall Reflection Pond

Untitled by Weltzin Blix Sculpture
Gift of Dr. and Mrs Wells Baum
Southeast Entrance Civic Center

Library Plaza Level:

The Drummer by Robert Hess
Donated by Payne,
Settecase, Smith, & Doss
Entrance

Evolving by Richard Davis
Purchased at 2nd Mayor's Invitational
Art Show, 1976
West Wall

Library Main Floor:

The Big O
Wood Sculpture
Gift of Oregon Correctional Institute, 1973
Top of Stairs (Adult Fiction)

Dragon Fly, Fish, River Scene, Tackle
by Steve Ominski
Set of Four Prints
Study Room

Gardener Oregon by Constance Fowler
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Artist, 1937
North Wall

Geese by Delbert Hodges
Welded Steel
Gift of Artist
Outside Wall of Salem Heritage Room

Historic Roman Scene by Lorenzo Cabaness
Acrylic and Oil
Gift of Lipman, Wolfe and Company
South Wall (Reference)

La Croisette Cannes by Andrew McD Vincent
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Doug and Jo Raines, 1976
Microfilm Viewing

Unicyclist by Fred Heidel
Laminated Glass
Gift of Zonta Club International, 1972
East Window Outside Louck's Lecture Hall

Untitled by Judith Paxson Fawkes
Bead Hanging
Gift of Miss Margaret Hogg

Untitled by Robert Hamill
Wood
Presented by Family of the Artist
Stairway to Children's Area

Untitled by Roy Setzoil
Teak Screen
Gift of Clarence and Ida
Miller Family
Magazine Area

Untitled by Tom Hardy
Bronze
Presented by Friends of Kegan Engen (1962-65)
Children's Section, South Window

Valkyrie by Paul Buckner
Wood
Gift of Mrs. Hans Kissling
East Stairs to 2nd Floor

View by Louis Bunce
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Salem Art Association
Microfilm Area

The Yggdrasill Tree of Knowledge by Nils Lou
Ceramic Mural
Presented by Salem Public Library Foundation, 1991
South Entrance

Water Lilies by Richard Robertson
Oil on Canvas
Gift of the artist
Top of Stairs from Peace Plaza on North Wall

Library Second Floor:

Birds by Tom Hardy
Welded Steel
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hrubetz, 1972
Stairway to 2nd Floor

Boy/Foot
Gift of Garfield School
Children's Room

Boy Reading
Marble Statue
Children's Room

Cliffs by Constance Fowler
Mixed Media
Gift of Artist, 1977
Outside Wall of Conference Room

Girl Sewing
Marble Statue
Children's Room

Madonna by Aimee Gorham
Wood Inlay
Gift of Mrs. F.R. Hunter
in memory of Florence Marsh
Picture Book Area

The Parade by Gary Lawrence
Welded Steel
Gift of American Association of University Women
Teen Area -

Stephanie by Jon Jay Cruson
Lithograph
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Stacey, 1972
Children's Section, East Wall

Tablet of Command by Mark Hopkins
Oil on Canvas
Given anonymously, 1976
On Stairs to Children's Area

 

 
Girl Sewing sculpture
Girl Sewing
Marble Statue
Children's Room
Salem Public Library
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Valkyrie
Valkyrie by Paul Buckner
Wood
Gift of Mrs. Hans Kissling
East Stairs to 2nd Floor
Salem Public Library
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brochure on art collection
Brochure on City of Salem Art Collection, available through Community Services Department
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