Art Adventure Gallery


tom prochaska & christy wyckoff: in the footsteps of charles heaney

Opening Reception Thursday August 6, 5:30-7pm

  • Christy Wyckoff & Tom Prochaska
  • Peter French on Round Barn - Prochaska


reception photos 8/6/15

In Sept. 2014 Oregon artists Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff set out to follow in the footsteps of artist Charles Heaney (1897-1981), who was a significant mid-20th century Oregon artist known for his paintings and prints inspired by the landscape and settlements of Central, Eastern, and Southern Oregon as well as Nevada.

The exhibition features approximately 30 drawings created by the artists during their recent road trip as they traveled and camped at various places identified in Heaney’s work. The exhibition also includes comparative works by Heaney, drawn from the permanent collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

“Although Heaney was on our minds as we worked at sites connected to him,” Wyckoff explains, “we primarily responded in our individual ways to the landscape in front of us rather than making ‘art about art.’”

This exhibition has been organized by Professor Emeritus of Art History and Senior Faculty Curator, Roger Hull, and will be traveling from the Hallie Ford Museum Of Art to Art Adventure Gallery in August. Financial support for the exhibition has been provided by grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds, the Oregon Arts Commission and a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Tom Prochaska is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor who earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Pratt Institute and taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art from 1988 until his retirement in 2013. He has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

Christy Wyckoff earned his MFA degree at the University of Washington and taught for 33 years at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, retiring in 2012. A printmaker, he has exhibited widely and was represented in the Tacoma Art Museum’s 2014 survey Ink This! Contemporary Prints in the Northwest. He is the recent recipient of a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission in support of a number of projects including his involvement in In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney.