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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Past Exhibitions

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Contemporary Prints
A Decade of New Acquisitions: 2010-2020
January 20 - April 24, 2022

When the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum was established in 2004, selected works of art from across the Hollins University campus officially became part of the museum’s permanent collection. Since then, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum has relied primarily on gifts and donations to shape its current collection of just over 1500 works of art.

This exhibit focuses on contemporary artist prints acquired by the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum during the years 2010-2020, including lithographs, etching, screen prints, woodcuts, and monoprints. In 2011, the Andy Warhol Foundation donated seven screen prints by Warhol in addition to a collection of his original polaroid photographs. Regional art collector James W. Hyams gifted the museum 34 prints in 2020, 15 of which are on view, portraying a wide variety of styles and media. Other works on display draw from a purchase made from Segura Art Studio at Notre Dame University following a 2018 exhibit titled Images of Social Justice. The exhibition also includes gifts by individual donors.

By nature, recent acquisition exhibits tend to pull together disparate objects. Together, these works provide a broad view of printmaking from the last three decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

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Jessica Abel, Girl's Comics #5, 1998. Lithograph on paper, ed. of 25. Gift of James W. Hyams, 2020.004.001.


What Photography Is
January 27 - April 24, 2022

Guest curator and art photographer Kyra Schmidt envisions photography as a medium that can uncover truths. In her catalogue essay, Schmidt writes, “... the 10 artists in this exhibition open us up to truths that are personal, historical, and collective by looking at both analog and digital mediums in new and exciting ways. From cyanotype and gumoil portraiture to photographic reliefs and re-photographed collages, each artist has employed their material to consider how a photographic object can transform critical consciousness. By utilizing the power of photographic experience, these artists confront issues surrounding race and gender ideologies, ecological grief, and the passage of time.”

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.

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Amy Elkins, Anxious Pleasures: April 5, 2020, 2020. Cyanotype on cotton. Courtesy of the artist.


Rita Maas: 2022 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
February 3 - April 10, 2022

Grounded in photography, Rita Maas blends the disciplines of drawing and printmaking to playfully construct conceptually based imagery. Inspired by the early modernist artists who created photograms and chemograms, Maas examines the materials of the digital darkroom. Using reclaimed ink from empty inkjet printer cartridges, she embraces elements of chance and disrder working within predetermined systems. How we read, filter, and retain information are persistent themes of her practice, examining the spaces where slippage and illegibility occur.

Maas received her B.F.A. in Photographic Studies from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Soon after, she established a successful commercial studio, shooting award-winning campaigns for major advertising and editorial clients. She later earned her M.F.A. in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambrdge, MA.

The Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year. In residence during the spring semester, the Artist-in-Residence creates work in a campus studio and teaches a seminar open to all students.

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Rita Maas, from the series Today I Got Up, Weekly, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.


For the Sake of Keeping: Memories Collected from the Hollins University Community
April 24 - May 10, 2022

Life presents us with a myriad of objects that we keep: nostalgic items from childhood, objects of family heritage, and symbols of identity. These collections surround us in daily life and are put to use or become decoration in the spaces we frequent. Recent internet sensations, such as minimalism and Marie Kondo, have made people step back and explore the deeper meaning and value of their material possessions, as well as the stories they tell to and for us. Collected from our own Hollins campus community by student curators in the class “Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Principles and Practice,” the objects in this exhibit explore the stories of what we choose to keep, and connect us with each other through their deeper meanings.

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Sojourner Truth, on loan from a Hollins University community member


Women Working with Clay
May 5 - June 15, 2022

In conjunction with the annual Women Working with Clay Symposium held each summer at Hollins University, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presents an exhibition of work by these well-known artists in the world of contemporary ceramics: program director Dara Hartman; presenters Margaret Bohls, Chotsani Elaine Dean, Lorna Meaden, and Linda Sormin; and founding director Donna Polseno. This symposium emphasizes the creative process from every level while looking at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.

For more information on the symposium, visit

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Women Working with Clay logo


Senior Majors Exhibition
May 10-22, 2022

This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2022 majoring in studio art: Victoria Q. An’janique, Abigail Parker Hegwood, Samantha Jin, Ashley King, Sylvia Lane, Jahmesha McLemore, and Maddie Zanie. The exhibition is the final requirement for art students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins, and is the capstone experience of their yearlong senior project.

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2022 senior art majors, Hollins University


REUNITING: Selections by Former Art Faculty
May 26 - June 12, 2022

Hollins is proud to offer an inspiring and immersive art program. Throughout its history, the department’s faculty have been nationally recognized but also remembered with respect and fondness by their students. This exhibition shares artwork from the permanent collection of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum by selected former art lecturers and professors including John Ballator, Leigh Ann Beavers, John Canaday, Christine Carr, Nancy Dahlstrom, Alison Hall, Susan Jamison, Jan Knipe, Frances J. Niederer, Jennifer Printz, Bob Sulkin, Lewis Thompson, and Bill White.

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Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Hollins University


DANCE LAB: MFA Dance Thesis Exhibitions
June 9-19 and June 23 – July 3, 2022

Each summer, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum partners with the Hollins University M.F.A. Dance program to host selected student graduate dance thesis presentations in the Main Gallery, melding live dance, performance, and visual art. This summer, the museum will present the work of two graduating students.

Humlao Evans (June 9-19) works in movement studies, poetry, installation, video, and performance. With dreams of a more just future, they make work that contends with the political histories and inherited violence our bodies carry while honoring both ancestral and contemporary lineages.

Alice Svetic (June 23 - July 3) looks at the concept of ephemera--what is left after performances "end." Svetic's research situates their own past, present, and future choreographies as a site for the extraction of queer embodied experience.

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photo courtesy of Hollins University


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