Living the Creative Life: Roger Hull

Roger Hull has conducted a creative academic life at Willamette University for 40 years, arriving from Chicago in 1970.  For 34 of those years he’s held forth in the building at the corner of State and Winter streets.  This spring he’s closing down shop in the art building, and beginning to shift his thinking to curatorial work and the life of the “independent scholar.”

Since 1992 his office has been in the north west corner with views toward the Capitol building  grounds to the north and the original Salem Carnegie Library (now the Justice Center for the College of Law) to the west.

In between those windows though, is a LOT of stuff!

The stuff of which a creative life is made!  In the next few months it has to be sorted, archived, donated and tossed.  Most of the books will come home to the “new” home office suite and to that end we went over and packed a couple of boxes today.  I poked around the office and here’s what I saw:

Connie Fowler’s inks:

Louis Bunce’s chalk:

Photos of interest:


A few portraits:

and then to the book shelves….

And THEN , a preview of the last lecture:

It’s going to be a good one!!

See you May 7th!!!!


  1. Thanks for this tantilizing little glimpse of Roger’s creative living as well as your own. The faint reflection of Bonnie in the glass of the framed wall piece is perfect. Looking forward to May 7!

  2. Thanks for this priceless post. So much excellent territory to cover; so little space. This reader would like some phased updates or reports as the countdown progresses and the transition gathers speed.

  3. Across a threshold, a special kind of commencement. And into new spaces, the next set of thoughts and experiences. Thank you for reminding us of the value of this journey we are all on on this tiny little orb, and in particular the extraordinary value of Roger’s patient, steady quest. Onward we go, with our dear one teaching us the way.

  4. a very lovely tribute and homage to Roger and his work. oh my, the stories within academia that are never seen and never told….the commitment and dedication are seldom recognized. you document people and spaces so very very well. thank you.

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