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New Wing and David Hockney Exhibition Bookend
Maryhill Museum of Art’s 2012 Season
Historic Expansion Will Be Dedicated This Spring

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., February 8, 2012) – There is much to look forward to as Maryhill Museum of Art re-opens March 15 for the 2012 season, including an historic expansion and full schedule of stimulating exhibitions and public programs.
After more than a year of construction, the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing will open to the public this spring. The $10 million Stevenson Wing represents the largest cultural capital project in the Columbia River Gorge in 15 years and is the first expansion in the museum’s history. It will add 25,000 square feet of space for education programs and collections storage, along with a new café, Loïe's, and the Cannon Power Plaza featuring stunning views of Gorge.
The museum’s 2012 special exhibition schedule will open with “ Beside the Big River: Images and Art of the Mid-Columbia Indians,” held over due to popular demand. The season is capped by an exhibition of etchings by the renowned artist David Hockney.  
A complete list of events, including the formal dedication of the Stevenson Wing on May 12-13, 2012, can be found online at
In addition to ongoing permanent exhibitions featuring works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, and American Indian art, Maryhill Museum of Art’s 2012 special exhibition schedule is as follows:

Beside the Big River: Images and Art of the Mid-Columbia Indians

March 15 – May 28, 2012
Between 1900 and the late 1950s, three photographers—Lee Moorhouse, Thomas H. Rutter and J.W. Thompson—captured nearly 6,000 images of Indian life along this section of river. “Beside the Big River: Images and Art of the Mid-Columbia Indians” presents 40 of their photographs and select examples of regional American Indian art.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
May 12–October 7, 2012
Maryhill Museum of Art has presented exhibitions of outdoor sculpture annually since 1996. In 2012, four sculptors will loan works to complement the 12 sculptures that make up the museum’s permanent collection. The borrowed works will be located throughout the museum grounds and provide a dramatic outdoor art experience.
The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings
June 9–September 3, 2012
This exhibition features 23 paintings by living artists of Cape Cod, all drawn from the collection of Henry and Sharon Martin. Many of the artists included have ties to R.H. Ives Gammell, an influential artist with a close connection to the first director and curator at Maryhill Museum of Art, Clifford Dolph. Gammell had a passionate belief in representational art and influenced the work of such artists as Robert Hunter, Pam Pindell, Joe McGurl and Jacob Collins, who are all featured in this exhibition. The Martins began collecting art more than 30 years ago, amassing an important collection of Hudson River School works before turning their attention to living artists.
David Hockney: Six Fairy Tales
September 15–November 15, 2012
In 1970 David Hockney, one of the leading artists of the 20th century, and Petersburg Press released Six Fairy Tales, a compilation of 39 etchings and the texts of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s fairy tales, including: The Little Sea Hare, Fundevogel, Rapunzel, The Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear, Old Rinkrank, and Rumpelstilzchen. Rather than illustrating the stories literally, Hockney gave the illustrations his own interpretation, creating vivid images to encapsulate moods and details.
During the 2012 season, the Stevenson Wing will feature two intimate exhibitions of objects drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. These are:
British Painting from the Permanent Collection
Through November 15, 2012
Nineteenth-century British painting from the museum’s permanent collection.
Ceramics from the Permanent Collection
Through November 15, 2012
Romanian folk pottery and other ceramic items from the ancient world to modern times.
For a full schedule of events, visit or download a PDF version at
Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.

Maryhill Museum of Art boasts an outstanding permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s Native American collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.  

Maryhill’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.

The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums.


Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for youth age 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Family admission is $25 to admit 2 adults, plus related children under the age of 18. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free; it is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk daily.
Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages, and freshly baked desserts and pastries are available at the museum's cafe, Loïe's, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. (Please note: The cafe will open for the season on May 1.) the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, and other mementos.
Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. For further information, visit
Maryhill Museum of Art | 35 Maryhill Museum Drive | Goldendale, WA 98620 | 509-773-3733
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