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Two Decades of Deadlines: Works by David Hodge
January 17 - February 11, 2006

In conjunction with the premiere of the museum’s logo, this retrospective exhibition serves as a mid-career survey of Roanoke graphic designer David Hodge. A graduate of Radford University, Hodge has worked as a graphic designer for more than 20 years and has won numerous awards for his work. In addition to his efforts with the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hodge has worked with Hollins University since 1993 designing the award winning Hollins alumnae magazine as well as many of the printed materials for the admissions office. He is currently a partner with Anstey Hodge Advertising Group in Roanoke, Virginia.

David Hodge, Two Decades of Deadlines Collage
David Hodge. Section from Two Decades of Deadlines Collage, 2005
Red Beans and Rice: Asian Artists in the New South
January 17 - April 1, 2006

This multi-disciplinary exhibition features the work of thirteen contemporary Asian artists who call the American south “home”. Curated by Craig Bunting and Kóan-Jeff Baysa, this exhibition explores ideas of cultural engagement, dual citizenship, spirituality, and American and Asian ideals and stereotypes in the post 9/11 landscape. Layered and personal, the artists in this show represent the Asian countries of China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines — and the increasingly diverse face of the New South.

Osamu James Nakagawa, Windshield Washer
Osamu James Nakagawa, Windshield Washer, 1996, from the "Drive-In Theater" series C-print with digital manipulative photography, 26.5 x 40 inches
Spiritual and the Material: Visual Culture of Religions
January 31 - April 29, 2006

Explore the relationship between religious art and visual culture in this exhibition comprised primarily of objects from the museum’s permanent collection. The Spiritual and the Material examines the influence of various religions on art made in celebration of the sacred and the secular. This teaching exhibition was developed through the collaboration of several university programs (art history, classics and religious studies) and with the assistance of student interns.

Girolamo da Santacroce, Annunciation
Girolamo da Santacroce, Annunciation, 16th century Italy, oil on canvas, 27 x 25 inches
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum permanent collection
The 2006 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence Jan Baltzell
February 21 - April 29, 2006

Jan Baltzell, a painter who lives and works in Philadelphia, is professor of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. With a B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art, and an M.F.A. from Miami University, Baltzell is from a long line of Philadelphia artists whose vision is based on Modernist ideas of color structure. Exuberant and sensuous, her abstract works are often painted on translucent mylar sheets and suggest a garden in full bloom.

Jan Baltzell

Jan Baltzell, oil on mylar, 25 x 32 inches

Selections from the Ralph Grant Collection
April 18 - September 9, 2006

In fall, 2004 Lexington art collector Ralph Grant gave over 150 works from his personal collection to the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum. This diverse gift includes paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and prints from regional luminaries in Virginia and Pennsylvania, (Frank Hobbs, Jane Piper, Edna Andrade) as well as nationally known artists, including photographer and Hollins alumna Sally Mann '74, M.A. '75. This exhibition will showcase the breadth and depth of the collection, and honor the generous spirit of Ralph Grant. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Tom Brady, Black Cross
Tom Brady, Black Cross, oil pastel on paper, museum permanent collection, gift of Ralph Grant
The Senior Exhibition
May 9 - 21, 2006

This exhibition will feature the work of the class of 2006 majoring in art.

Photo: seated from left to right: Jessi Lawson, Eileen Struble, Halle Dillon, Alexis Hair
Standing, from left to right: Tracey Alexander, Nichola Hays, Hannah Phillips, Nicole Miniclier, Hilda Graham, Tara Jones, Professor Jan Knipe, Marilyn Thompson.

Senior art students
Donna Polseno: A Mid-Career Survey
June 14 - July 29, 2006

The exhibition showcases work from the first 30 years of this important ceramic artist’s career. A catalogue with essay accompanies the exhibition. A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and Rhode Island School of Design, Polseno is renowned for her hand-built clay vessels and figures. With work in numerous collections including the Mint Museum, NC, the St. Louis Museum of Art, MO and the Art Museum of Western Virginia, Polseno teaches at workshops and university programs across the country and abroad. Polseno and her husband, Rick Hensley, are members of 16 Hands in Floyd, VA, and are founding instructors in the ceramics program at Hollins University in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center.

Donna Polseno
Donna Polseno
View from the Towers: An installation by Anne Kesler Shields
June 3 - September 2, 2006

In this site-specific exhibition, Anne Kesler Shields utilizes a mix of images from popular culture, current events, and art history, to weave a powerful commentary on modern life in the post September 11th world. A graduate of Hollins (‘54), Kesler Shields studied with Hans Hoffman before earning her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh and the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, among others. She is also a founding member of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

Anne Kesler Shields
Anne Kesler Shields
Suzanne Stryk: Genomes and Daily Observations
August 17 - October 21, 2006

Suzanne Stryk’s installation invites the viewer into the world of the 19th-century naturalist. A series of highly detailed paintings line the walls while the naturalist’s desk, with sketchbook and specimens, stands as she left it. On closer inspection, the delicate paintings reveal images of the DNA double helix, referencing contemporary science and the genome. These overlapping frames of reference ask, “How does knowledge of genetics alter perceptions of the natural world?” Stryk is a Virginia–based artist who exhibits her conceptual nature paintings nationally and has had more than 30 solo exhibits. Stryk’s work can be found in many collections, including the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville; the Woodson Museum, WI; and the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

Suzanne Stryk
Suzanne Stryk, Genomes and Daily Observations, (Woodpecker), acrylic and stain on paper, 2004-06
Regional Spotlight: Sarah Hobbs
September 19 - November 18, 2006

The second in a series of exhibitions that celebrate the emerging artist, this exhibition spotlights the work of Virginia born photographer Sarah Hobbs. Hobbs uses carefully staged photography to explore, with sensitivity and wit, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behavior. She begins by researching human behavior and painstakingly constructs life-sized tableaux in the domestic settings of her own home, which she then photographs as three-dimensional interpretations of her vision. Born in Lynchburg, VA, Hobbs earned both a B.F.A. in art history and an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Georgia. Hobbs has had numerous solo exhibitions across the country, and her work is in several important collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Montclair Art Museum, NJ. She currently lives and works in Atlanta.

Sarah Hobbs, Untitled
Sarah Hobbs, Untitled (eggs), chromogenic print, 48 x 60 inches, 2004
FOREFRONT: Chakaia Booker
September 26 - December 9, 2006

Chakaia Booker creates sculptures of recycled tires that allude to a post-industrial perspective of both environmental decay and transformative redemption. Booker slices, twists, strips, and rivets rubber and radials to create exaggerated textures, prickled edges, and torqued forms. This very physical and fluent work is accessible on a variety of levels; it reflects multiple meanings that weave through historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. Booker received a B.A. in sociology at Rutgers University and an M.F.A. from City University of New York (CUNY). She has had solo exhibitions at many venues, including the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY; the Akron Art Museum, OH; and Storm King Sculpture Park, Mountainville, NY. She has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2002, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2005, among others. Forefront: Chakaia Booker is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). The exhibition was made possible by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Benjamin Rosen Family Foundation, and the members of NMWAA, with special thanks to Marlborough Gallery, New York.

Chakaia Booker, Shhh

Chakaia Booker, Shhh, rubber tires and stainless steel, 240 x 84 x 66 inches, 2006

Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York

Gillian Pederson-Krag
November 2, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Gillian Pederson-Krag was the 2004 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence at Hollins and gave to the university a collection of etching prints, which then became a part of the museum’s permanent collection. These delicate, detailed etchings of the landscape have a luminous quality that evokes the spiritual in the natural world. Pederson-Krag received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, and an M.F.A. from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her prints and paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, and the Library of Congress Print Collection, among others.

Gillian Pederson-Krag, Landscape
Gillian Pederson-Krag, Landscape, etching, 10.25 x 10 inches, 2000
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