(GOLDENDALE, Wash., February 17, 2014) – Maryhill Museum of Art’s 2014 season will open March 15 with the special exhibition James Lee Hansen: Sculpture, featuring one of the Northwest’s most renowned Modernist sculptors. The exhibition, which includes more than 30 of the artist’s maquettes and small sculptures produced from the 1960s to the present, will be on view March 15 – July 27, 2014. (Scroll down for a full list of special exhibitions in 2014.)
In addition to maquettes and small sculptures, the exhibition James Lee Hansen: Sculpture includes a number of photo panels showing Hansen’s larger sculptures and architectural commissions. Hansen’s work incorporates abstract organic and geometric shapes that suggest figuration – animal heads, human bodies, wings, and leaves – and patinas ranging from mottled green and blue to gold, copper and brass – many evoking ancient bronze. Hansen draws inspiration from the artistic and mythological traditions of a variety of cultures – Native American, Greek and Asian, among others – to create these bold works.
This exhibition and its associated programs and publication are produced with assistance from James Lee and Jane Elizabeth Hansen, and are sponsored by Art Dodd and Diane Plumridge, Broughton and Mary Bishop Family Advised Fund of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Artist:
James Lee Hansen was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1925. He served in the Navy during WWII and graduated from the Portland Art Museum School in 1950. After graduating, Hansen built his first foundry and studio, which allowed him to develop a fully hands-on approach to bronze casting.
Hansen has exhibited his sculptures extensively; his work has been featured at the Whitney Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum and many others. He is represented in major art museum collections and in private collections worldwide. Many of Hansen’s sculptures are featured prominently in public spaces in cities throughout the Northwest.
As an art professor, Hansen taught at Portland State University for 26 years. He also taught at University of California, Berkeley, Oregon State College, and the University of Oregon. His influence as a teacher and mentor is widespread.
A number of related educational programs will give visitors an opportunity to meet the artist and to delve more deeply into his work. For hi-resolution images, please email rachel@maryhillmuseum.org.
Related Programs:
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 3:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: James Lee Hansen

Join one of the Northwest’s most lauded Modernist sculptors, James Lee Hansen as he talks about his life and work.  Afterwards museum members are invited to enjoy refreshments with the artist as we celebrate the opening of the exhibition James Lee Hansen: Sculpture. A reception for members of the museum and the artist immediately follows. Free with museum admission.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 2 p.m.
Panel Discussion: James Lee Hansen

Delve into the work of sculptor James Lee Hansen, one of the Northwest’s most lauded and visible artists. Hansen’s works are in numerous private and public collections, including many prominently installed sculptures in cities throughout the region. Listen in as our panelists join with the artist for a lively discussion of his work, his influences, and his influence on Northwest art and artists. Panelists include moderator Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Willamette University and Senior Faculty Curator, Hallie Ford Museum of Art; artists and former students Bruce F. Literal and M.J. Anderson; and Libby Dawson Farr, professor in the Department of Art & Interior Design at Marylhurst University. Free with museum admission.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Studio Visit: James Lee Hansen
It’s not often you have an opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of one of the Northwest’s most lauded and prolific artists. Join us as we spend a day in the magical world of James Lee Hansen, at his 13-acre compound in Battleground, WA. We’ll tour his studio (which also includes his foundry) and the landscaped grounds, an expansive park-like outdoor “gallery” punctuated with Hansen’s large-scale sculptures. Hansen and his wife, Jane, will host us as we learn more about the artist’s work and creative process, and enjoy an al fresco lunch together in the garden. Cost:  $55 members / non-members $65; includes lunch, but does not include transportation. Bus from Maryhill Museum of Art is an additional $45. If you prefer, you provide your own transport and join the tour at the studio. Advance reservations required for both studio tour and/or bus transportation. To register, call Sandra Leibham at 509-773-3733 ext. 20.
Additional Special Exhibitions in 2014:

Angela Swedberg: Historicity
March 15 – November 15, 2014

Artist Angela Swedberg’s cast and blown glass pieces, in combination with other materials, are inspired by historic and traditional art forms. Swedberg is also a well-known restorer of antique American Indian art.  Sixteen of the artist’s works are featured.
The Flip Side: Comic Art by New Yorker Cartoonists
March 15 – November 15, 2014

The Flip Side presents work by a half-dozen artists whose cartoons regularly appear in The New Yorker magazine. The exhibition contains examples of published cartoons along with other, less well-known examples of the artists’ comic output. The show is guest-curated by Shannon Wheeler, a Portland-based New Yorker cartoonist and author of the critically acclaimed Too Much Coffee Man.
Maryhill Favorites: The Female Form
March 15 – November 15, 2014

Maryhill’s permanent collection includes approximately 250 paintings by European and American artists. Ten or more of these works are shown each year in the Maryhill Favorites Gallery. During 2014, the gallery will feature works that highlight the use of the female form in composition. Included will be Solitude by Frederic, 1st Baron Leighton of Stretton and William McGregor Paxton’s The Red Fan, among others.
African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection
August 9 – November 15, 2014

African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection features masks, sculptures and other objects from the people groups who populate West Africa, including the Yoruba (Nigeria/Benin), the Bambara and Dogon (Mali), the Bobo (Burkina Faso) and others. Originally from The Dalles, Mary Johnston now resides in Florence, Oregon. She inherited these items from her brother, who acquired them in Berlin in the early 1970s. Johnston has spent the last two decades of her life studying and sharing the collection. The exhibition is produced with curatorial assistance from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
Cardboard, Clay & Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists
May 1 – July 31, 2014

Young artists (K-12), either working in teams or as individuals, created chess sets of their own design for display at Maryhill in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center during the 2014 season. Maryhill Museum of Art exhibits about 75 chess sets, representing the many countries, cultures and periods in which chess has been played. This permanent exhibition is a perennial favorite and is especially captivating to our younger visitors. Generous support is provided by the Charlotte Y. Martin Foundation.

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 a world-class 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 American Indian collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.

Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park 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. In 2012 the museum opened the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a 25,500 square foot expansion that is the first in the museum’s history. The new wing boasts the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, a collections storage and research suite, a new cafe and terrace, and the Cannon Power Plaza with an installation of sculpture, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance.

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. 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, as well as a selection of local wines are available at the museum’s cafe, Loie’s, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, Native American crafts 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 maryhillmuseum.org.