The BillRhoades Northwest Art Archive is a representation of Northwest artists and their work ranging from 1940 to 2013. The Archive consists of correspondence, interviews, printed material, and photographs that BillRhoades has collected about Northwest artists.
University Archives and Special Collections
BillRhoades is a collector of Northwest Art, residing in Central Oregon. He is a native Oregonian and outdoors-man. Rhoades' interest in art collecting includes American Indian basketry and modern Northwest prints and paintings. In 1997, he made arrangements with Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Willamette University, to begin making donations of art to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. His donations include works by Jack McLarty, Coralee Popp, John Stahl and Manuel Izquierdo. Rhoades' goal in 1997 was to donate at least 100 works of art to the Hallie Ford Museum. By 2005 he had already accomplished and exceeded that goal.
The BillRhoades Northwest Art Archive is a collection of artifacts, interviews, photographs and printed materials from a wide variety of Northwest artists. BillRhoades has been an advocate for Northwest Art since before 1997, when he began donating collected artworks to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. In addition to collecting and donating artwork, Rhoades has collected printed materials, interviews, artifacts, and correspondence that highlight Northwest artists and their work. This Archive includes the work of Northwest sculptors, painters, printmakers, and photographers. Also included are newsletters and exhibition materials from institutions such as the Portland Art Museum, the Fountain Gallery of Art and the Seattle Art Dealers Association. Along with the representation of Northwest art, are photographs and correspondence with Rhoades and his family and friends covering topics of dogs, travel, and hunting.
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[Identification of item], BillRhoades Northwest Art Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.
This collection is arranged into five series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Interviews; Series III. Printed Materials; Series IV. Photographs; and Series V. Artifacts. Materials maintain original order where it could be determined; in alphabetical order and/or chronologically.
Acquisition Information :
Gift of BillRhoades, 2010, 2012, 2014
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Correspondence, 1997-2014, (bulk
Series I consists of correspondence between BillRhoades and various artists, gallery owners, friends, and relatives. Topics mainly focus on Rhoades’ interest in trading and collecting art, and donating artwork to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus. Included are inquiries to artists and art galleries regarding potential trades for artwork, as well as reference to Rhoades' work as a liaison between artists and museums. Correspondence also gives a glimpse of Rhoades’ life as a pet owner and avid outdoorsman.
The majority of the correspondence consists of printed emails with some handwritten letters and cards throughout the collection. Files retain original order, organized by name. Correspondence within each file is organized chronologically. The majority of the correspondence dates 2004 to 2010.
Timberline Lodge Art Curator
Anderson, Mary Jo
Artist, Head of PCC Rock Creek Art Department, Friend
Autio, Rudy and Lela
Bartlett, Connie; Bladholm, Susan
Portland Art Committee
Benichou, Eric Phillipe
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Co-worker CTWS [Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs], Friend
High school friend
Seattle Gallery Owner
2004; 2007; 2010-2013
Seattle Art/Antique Dealer
Brockelbank, Leslie; Snyder, Martha
Paper Conservator, Friend
Basket weaver, friend
Photographer, High school friend
Art/Antique Dealer, Friend
O.S.U - Art about Agriculture, Friend
Indian Basket Dealer, Tacoma friend
Gallery Owner, Seattle
Salem Art Dealer
Indian artifact/Art dealer, Friend
Son of Betty Feves
Normal Editions Workshop, Illinois State University
Documents in this series are transcripts of tape-recorded interviews with Northwest Artists. Interviews in this series were compiled by BillRhoades, which were printed from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art website. Many of the interviews were part of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Northwest Oral History Project which began in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community.
Interview Transcript - Tsutakawa
Interview with George Tsutakawa, conducted by Martha Kingsbury in Seattle, Washington.
Interview with Alden Mason, conducted by Lamar Harrington in Seattle, Washington.
Interview with Dorothea Lange, conducted by Richard K. Doud in New York, New York.
Interview with Fay Chong, conducted by Dorothy Bestory.
Interview with John Cage, conducted by Paul Cummings.
Interview with LaVerne Krause, conducted by Marian Kolisch in Portland, Oregon.
Interview with Frank Okada, conducted by Barbara Johns in Seattle, Washington.
Spokane Art Center
Interview with members of the Board of the Spokane Art Center, conducted by Dorothy Bestor in Spokane, Washington.
Interview with Imogen Cunningham, conducted by Paul K. Karlstrom and Louise Katzman in San Francisco, California
Interview with Dr. Erna Gunther, conducted by Dorothy Bestor in Seattle, Washington
Interview with Robert Colescott, conducted by Paul Karstrom in Tuscon, Arizona.
Interview with William Ivey, conducted by Barbara Johns in Seattle, Washington
Interview with Louis Bunce, conducted by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo in Portland, Oregon.
Interview with Guy Anderson, conducted by Martha Kingsbury in La Conner, Washington
Interview with Viola Patterson, conducted by Martha Kingsbury in Seattle, Washington.
Interview with Margaret Tomkins, conducted by Bruce Guenther in Seattle, Washington.
Interview with Arlene Schnitzer, conducted by Bruce Guenther in Portland, Oregon.
Interview with John Yeon, conducted by Marian Kolish in Portland, Oregon.
December 1982-January 1983
Interview with James and Margaret Fitzgerald, conducted by Dorothy Bestor in Seattle, Washington.
Interview with Rachel Smith Griffin, conducted by Bruce Guenther in Portland Oregon
Interview with Wesley Wehr, conducted by Martha Kingsbury in Seattle, Washington.
Interview with Carl Morris, conducted by Sue Ann Kendall in Portland, Oregon.
Interview with Pietro Belluschi, conducted by Meredith L. Clausen in Portland, Oregon.
Interview with Michele Russo, conducted by Jane Van Cleve in Portland, Oregon.
Interview with Johsel Namkung, conducted by Alan Chong Lau in Seattle, Washington.
Interview with Paul Thirty, conducted by Meredith Clausen.
Series III consists of materials compiled by BillRhoades related to Northwest Artists,
galleries, and museums. Materials include announcements, brochures, exhibit
catalogs, newsletters, pamphlets, and posters. The majority of the material
is organized alphabetically by the artist featured. Material also includes
Museum and Gallery specific material such as the Portland Art Museum
Bulletin and the Seattle Art Dealers Association Magazine. Among the many
artists featured in these materials are Louis Bunce, Manuel Izquierdo, Henk
Pander and Erik Sandgren.
Assorted Museum/Arts Organization Materials
1996; 2005; 2012
1997; 1999; 2013
Bloedel, Joan Ross
ca. 1975-1985; 2014
1988, 1989; 1989
Robert Crist poster
1961; 1985; 2012
Dozono, Robert R
Frank Elliott featured at the Jewish Community Center poster
Exhibits featuring multiple artists
ca. 1960-ca. 2013
ca. 1985; ca. 2010
The Fountain Gallery of Art
Fountain Gallery posters
Featuring Hilda Morris, Russo, Duane Zaloudek, and Frederick Heidel.
Chris Fraser poster
ca. 1965-ca. 1995
1996, 2012; 2012
Gronberg, Erik and Irina
Halbrooks, Nancy Weymouth
Hall, Susan Russell
Hansen, James Lee
ca. 1969-ca. 2000
1974; ca. 1990
James Hibbon poster
High Desert Museum poster
ca. 1960-ca. 1985
ca. 1980-ca. 2013
Manuel Izquierdo - formerly in binder
Johns, Mary Ann
Johnson, Anne Griffon
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
2010; 2012; 2013
Sally Judd Gallery posters
Posters featuring Byron Gardner, Eunice Jensen and John Lawrence.
1972; 1974-1975; undated
Jundt Art Museum, magazine and exhibit material
Kah-Nee-Ta: Art and Architecture on the High Desert
[Report compiled by BillRhoades in 2002 covering the development and artistic/architectural design of the Oregon resort and spa.
ca. 1968, ca. 2010
ca. 1975-ca. 2005
1988; 2010; 2012
Kowert, Hank and Solange
Lee, Susie J.
ca. 1995-ca. 2010
McCosh, Anne Kutka
ca. 1960-ca. 2000
Midgette, Willard F
ca. 1960s- ca. 1980s
Mountain High III poster
Newton, Francis J
Oregon Print Makers poster
Art about Agriculture - Oregon State University Posters
Featuring artwork by Tom Weeks, Charles Leach, Loren Nelson, Kathryn Honey, Douglas Campbell, Andrew Haley, Rick Bartow, Marge Johnson, Betty Feves and Marjorie McDonald
1983-1985; 1987; 1990-2000; 2002-2008
Pacific Coast Arts Festival poster
Pacific Northwest College of Art
ca. 2010; undated
Henk Pander poster
ca. 1970; ca. 2010
Parsons, Eunice Jensen
ca. 1975; 2009
Portland Art Museum Bulletin
Portland Art Museum Bulletin
Portland Art Museum Member Magazine and exhibit
1975; 1982; 2008-2013
Portal, Portland Art Museum Magazine
Portland Art Museum Thesis Project posters
1978; 1980; 1983-1984; undated
Northwest Prints - Portland Art Museum poster
Portland Community College Art Beat posters
Posters featuring George Johansen and Mylan Rakichshine.
Photographs in this series are both negatives and print. Many photographs are of artists in their studios, and in museums and art galleries. Also included are photographs of Rhoades with family and friends, traveling, hunting, and at gatherings.
Binder containing approximately 500 rows of negatives. Negatives include images of Bill's family members, friends, artists, and his dogs. Locations include museums, galleries, and outdoor trips. Artists include Manuel Izquierdo, George Johanson, John Stahl, Harry Widman, and Jack and Barbara McLarty. An inventory of names, locations and dates is included with each binder.
Two photograph albums are compiled and annotated by BillRhoades. Photographs include artists with their artwork, exhibit openings, parties, and Rhoades' travel in the region. Individuals in the photographs include Bill Hoppe, Roger Hull, Manuel Izquierdo, Eunice Parsons, Coralee Popp, John Olbrantz, and Harry Widman. Names, locations and often dates are associated with the photographs.
Artifacts in this series consist of items BillRhoades has collected from Northwest artists. Items include Louis Bunce paintbrushes, Christopher Rauschenberge's deck of playing cards and a set of napkin drawings. Associated with the material is correspondence between Bill and Roger Hull identifying provenance for the materials.
Louis Bunce paintbrushes
Christopher Rauschenberge, deck of cards
Pelton Round Butte Relicensing tile
Designed by Lillian Pitt.
Napkin and paper drawings
This collection of napkin and paper drawings were done during a New Year's Eve celebration at "The Barn" in Tillamook. One artist would begin a drawing on a folded napkin and pass it on for another artist to continue. Artists could not look at the work of the previous artist aside from a few lines that could extend over to the next fold. Contributors to these napkin drawings include Manuel Izquierdo, Richard Thompson, John Stahl, Michael Neuman, and Coralee Popp.
Sunglasses owned and worn by Portland sculptor Manuel Izquierdo.
Seattle Washington U.S.A. - Century 21 Exposition coin
Designed by George Tsutakawa.
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs - Middle Oregon Treaty of 1855 commemorative coin
This collection is indexed under the following headings for information
purposes. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should use these names and subject terms as search terms.