(GOLDENDALE, Wash., December 17, 2013) –Maryhill Museum of Art today announced its schedule of special exhibitions for the 2014 season, which runs March 15 – November 15, 2014.

The museum’s 2014 season will open with the special exhibition “James Lee Hansen: Sculpture,” featuring one of the Northwest’s most renowned Modernist sculptors. Also on tap are an exhibition of African art drawn from the collection of Mary Johnston, comics from New Yorker cartoonists, and a selection of Maryhill favorites featuring the female form.

The museum’s permanent exhibitions include works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, royal memorabilia from Queen Marie of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, and American Indian art. Outside, the museum’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park contains large-scale works by a variety of Northwest artists.

In addition to these permanent exhibitions, Maryhill Museum of Art’s 2014 special exhibition schedule is as follows:


James Lee Hansen: Sculpture
March 15 – July 27, 2014
James Lee Hansen is a noted Modernist sculptor from Washington State whose work is included in many public and private collections. James Lee Hansen: Sculpture features more than thirty of the artist’s maquettes and small sculptures and includes works produced from the 1960s to the present. They are accompanied by photo panels showing Hansen’s larger sculptures and architectural commissions. The exhibition is produced with assistance from James Lee and Elizabeth Jane Hansen, and is sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.  Ten of the artist’s works are featured.

The Flip Side: Comic Art by New Yorker Cartoonists
March 15 – November 15, 2014
The Flip Slide 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.

High resolution images are available to the media. To request, send an email to rachel@maryhillmuseum.org.

NEWS RELEASE Media contact:  Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director, (509) 773-3733, colleen@maryhillmuseum.org


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 www.maryhillmuseum.org.