The Carnegie Library in Hillsboro: 100 Years of Change
Through October 2014
The Carnegie library was built in Hillsboro for $10,000 on land donated to the city, but the money donated did not cover books, only the building. The amount of money donated to most communities was based on U.S. Census figures and averaged approximately $2 per person. The design of the Carnegie libraries has been given credit for encouraging communication with the librarian and created an opportunity for people to browse and discover books on their own. Before Carnegie, patrons had to ask a clerk to retrieve books from closed stacks. Read more here.
A Summer Wrapped in Quilts
Sum of Many Parts on display May 21- June 14, 2014
Timeless Stitches on display May 21- September 27
Two quilt exhibits will be showcased this summer at the Museum. Sum of Many Parts will feature the work of 14 contemporary quilt artists from across America. The show was originally commissioned by the US Embassy in Beijing, China as a Cultural Heritage exhibit to tour in China. The quilts are now back in the USA. Washington County Museum is one of the first stops on the tour! The Sum of Many Parts will be complemented by quilts from the Museum collection and quilts from area quilters in a second show titled Timeless Stitches. These quilts feature some classic designs of the 19th and early 20th century such as Log Cabin, Crazy Quilt, Wild Goose Chase, and others. These early quilts will be paired with modern and contemporary quilts created by area quilters showcasing how patterns have evolved.
The Fine Art of Jazz
June 18th- August 9th, 2014
This exhibition of 50 black-and-white photographic portraits of Kansas City jazz musicians showcases the impact Kansas City Jazz musicians and vocalists had on the national jazz movement of the 1920s and 1930s through photographs of and commentary on renowned jazz musicians who got their start in Kansas City and grew from there to have great impact on American jazz as we know it today. Many of these artists are performing today and remain a powerful influence on the jazz genre. Read more here.
Carolyn Cole: Messages
March 26th- June 1, 2014
Painting is a revelatory process that explores the artist’s intuitive relationship to his or her artwork. My work hovers between consciousness and intuition, combining emotional content, observation, technical skill, exploration, and reinvention. My goal is to create surfaces that are visually intriguing with expressive colors and shapes.
This series of paintings reveals the introspective part of my personality. Each one is inspired by its collaged elements and the layers from my past and present. I hope that they reflect my intense desire to paint. — Carolyn Cole
Light Drawings: Artist James Minden
January 15th- April 26, 2014
Painter and printmaker James Minden explores a new art medium he calls light drawing. They are handmade holograms, as they are interactive and appear three-dimensional. These are the only serious art pieces currently being created using this medium, the largest abrasion holograms ever made and are among the largest holograms, of any kind, to be created in an art context. The interactive nature of these pieces is best seen in person.
Put a Bird on It: Nature Photography of William L. Finley
May 8- November 3, 2013
The Washington County Museum provides a stunning and unique glimpse through the lens of William L. Finley, a nationally known naturalist and wildlife conservationist. Forty of Finley’s black-and-white bird photographs will be on display to celebrate his tireless advocacy for wildlife preservation. The original glass plates and lantern slides created by Finley between 1902 and 1920 were donated to the museum in 1980 by Dr. Amo DeBernardis, founding president of Portland Community College. For more information about this traveling exhibit click here.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
June 19-September 1, 2013
In celebration of the inaugural season of the Hillsboro Hops, a short-season single-A baseball team, the Washington County Museum takes a look at the game as played by the early-20th-century town teams—the Verboort Beavers, the Beaverton Beavers and teams from Tigardville, Banks, Hillsboro and Forest Grove. These teams comprised men and boys who loved the game, and brought towns together at a time when the distances between them took much longer to travel than a brief highway ride. Washington County’s own major league players will be featured in the exhibit, including Larry Jansen, Vern Olsen, Wes Schulmerich, Ben Petrick and Darwin Barney. The stories of such Oregon baseball greats as Johnny Pesky, Scott Brosius and Wally Backman will also be told. The exhibit will display historic photographs, autographed baseballs, uniforms and other equipment and memorabilia from games past and present to tell the full story of baseball in the region.
Focus on Book Arts
May 1, 2013 to June 2, 2013
The Washington County Museum hosted an exhibit showcasing book art belonging to faculty and staff of the upcoming Focus on Book Arts Conference scheduled this summer in Forest Grove, Ore. The exhibit features approximately 45 works from some of the best book artists in the country. Book art, often referred to as “artists’ books,” are works of art realized in the form of books. Bookbindingand related arts have exploded in the past decade, inspiring artists to explore the unlimited possibilities of the form—scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheets. This exhibit celebrates bookmaking and the book in contemporary art.
Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe
November 17, 2012- June 2, 2013
This exciting exhibit makes it possible to see and understand the extraordinary discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope. A model Hubble telescope will be on view along with hands-on activities about how the telescope works. The exhibit also includes several games, infrared light technology and spectacular backlit color images of planets, galaxies, black holes, and many other fascinating cosmic entities captured by Hubble.
The Comic Book Art of Aaron Lopresti
May 5- September 2, 2012
Bam! Pow! Thwack! Get a closer look at the creative and technical processes of producing some of the most popular – and timeless – comic book superheroes in the country. The exhibit features the work of Oregon native Aaron Lopresti. It unveils selections of his work through the years for comic titans Marvel and DC Comics. Sketches include Wonder Woman, The Hulk, Spider-Man, Batman and X-Men. Also included are some of Lopresti’s original comic creations. In addition, the exhibit will include a local collection of Big Little Books dating from the 1940s and ‘50s. Exhibition Catalog (PDF File) BATMAN is a Trademark & Copyright of DC Comics. Used with Permission.
Previous exhibits also include:
Whipsaws to Chainsaws: History of Logging and
Timber in Washington County
Doing Time: A History of Law Enforcement
in Washington County
This Silicon Forest and Washington County:
History in the Making
Scene & Heard: Images & Voices of the