Goldendale, Washington— Maryhill Museum of Art—opening for the 2024 season on March 15—celebrates the myriad ways in which humans have interacted with this vital waterway in its 2024 changing exhibitions, including The Columbia River: Wallula to the Sea featuring works by Thomas Jefferson Kitts and Erik Sandgren and King Salmon: Contemporary Relief Prints. The special exhibitions will remain on display through November 15.


The Columbia River: Wallula to the Sea featuring works by Thomas Jefferson Kitts and Erik Sandgren

March 15 to November 15

Along the 300-mile stretch of the Columbia River between the Wallula Gap and the Pacific Ocean, countless generations of people have depended on the river and the land along its banks for sustenance, recreation, and commerce. And countless artists have captured their impressions of the place, the animals, the people, and their stories of life on the river.

The interpretive goal of the display is to provide the public with an opportunity to reflect on the many facets of the river’s identity and to visually chronicle some of the human behaviors that shape its daily life, both past and present. Within these parameters, diverse—and sometimes competing—economic enterprises are near the forefront.

Two prominent Portland artists, Thomas Jefferson Kitts (b. 1961) and Erik Sandgren (b. 1952), have worked closely with the museum to ensure that critical locations along the river are represented in the exhibition. The artists traveled to these  locations and painted en plein air, creating both preliminary studies and finished works for display.

The Columbia River: Wallula to the Sea exhibition also includes Indigenous carving, twined basketry, and beadwork from the Middle Columbia River region. A commissioned Chinook-style carving that was created by Greg A. Robinson (Chinook, b. 1957) depicts a Coyote narrative about the river, while key examples of pictorial beadwork with river scenes are being borrowed from collectors in Hood River and Texas.

King Salmon: Contemporary Relief Prints

March 15 to November 15

King Salmon features relief prints—woodcuts and linocuts—that have been added to the museum’s permanent collection within the last 10 years. The “king salmon” in the exhibit title refers at once to the Chinook salmon species and the place of salmon in the economies, cultural life, and leisure-time activities of local people.

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OAEA & WAEA Teachers As Artists: The Way I See It

March 15 – April 17

This annual juried exhibition provides an opportunity for dedicated art educators in Washington and Oregon to showcase their talents. The show is a testament to art educators who continue to create new work, experiment, grow, and push their skills to the next level. Their commitment stems not only from their dedication as teachers, but also from their identity as professionals on a lifelong artistic journey.

Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2024

April 27 – May 27

As the spring wildflowers bloom in the Columbia River Gorge, more than 40 artists take to the outdoors—including the museum grounds—to capture the beauty in the open air. Completed paintings from this annual event will be available to purchase at the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center through May 27.


In addition to changing exhibitions, Maryhill Museum of Art features exhibitions of more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin – one of the largest collections in the United States – European and American paintings, furnishings, personal effects and art objects from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, and a display of more than 75 chess sets from around the world.

Maryhill is also home to the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring artist-designed sets and small-scale mannequins attired in haute couture fashions of post-World War II France. The collection received renewed interest in early 2024 after an appearance in AppleTV+ show The New Look. The museum’s Indigenous Peoples of North America Gallery includes works of Indigenous art from prehistoric to contemporary. The William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park is home to the museum’s collection of large-scale sculptures by well-known Northwest artists.


Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, March 15 through November 15. The Gardens & Grounds, including the William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park, are open from 10 am to 5 pm daily March 15 to November 15 at no charge. The Stonehenge Memorial is free to visitors from dawn to dusk daily year-round.

For further information and tickets, visit maryhillmuseum.org.