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Maryhill opens for 75th year March 15



Maidens: Native art, like this one painted by Harrison Begay (Navajo) are among the featured exhibits during Maryhill Museum's 75th anniversary season. The museum opens March 15.

Maryhill Museum of Art opens its 75th Anniversary Season March 15, 2015 with the special exhibition American Indian Painting: Twentieth-Century Masters. The landmark exhibition brings to the Columbia River Gorge a collection of 35 paintings of a type seldom-if ever-exhibited in the Pacific Northwest.

Curated by Maryhill's Steve Grafe, the exhibition features some of the most important American Indian artists of the 20th century. These artists were residents of the Southern Plains and Southwest, and affiliated with the University of Oklahoma, Bacone College and the studio at the Santa Fe Indian School. Their works were some of the first painted after educators of Native students were allowed to encourage-rather than suppress-Native cultural expressions. Produced largely between 1930 and 1980, the paintings that appear in the exhibition show the later, mature work of these seminal artists.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Stephen Mopope (Kiowa), Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache), Fred Beaver (Creek/Seminole), Jerome Tiger (Creek/Seminole), Harrison Begay (Navajo) and Tony Da (San Ildefonso). All of the paintings in the exhibition come from the collection of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

In addition to American Indian Painting: Twentieth-Century Masters, the museum will open several more special exhibitions in March 2015. These include:

March 15–November 15, 2015

• Raven Skyriver: Submerge

• Native Peoples of The Dalles Region

Maryhill Favorites: R.H. Ives Gammell and his students 

• Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway 

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


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