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Taliaferro Logan: Georgianna Waxes
January 8 - 31, 2009

This site-specific encaustic installation by nationally known artist Taliaferro Logan that is inspired by the book "Georgianna" written by the artist's grandmother Fay L. Logan. Loosely written as a fictional saga of a family drama in the Roanoke Valley during the early part of the 20th century, the exhibition explores the family's confessional tale of tragedy and redemption and the blurred lines between history and fiction. The resulting works focus on each chapter of the book, each hauntingly beautiful and together form a powerful visual drama of familial dynamics.

Taliaferro Logan: Flora Swarm
Flora Swarm, encaustic. Courtesy of the artist.
Reimagining The Distaff Toolkit
February 19 - April 18, 2009

The artists featured in this exhibition investigate the tools traditionally used by women. A distaff is a now-obsolete device traditionally used for yarn making; as technology progressed, it was incorporated into spinning wheels, which also later became obsolete. The word “distaff” was used to refer to women and their work for years after the tool itself became outdated. Tom Cohen, Judith Hoyt, Alison Saar, Bettye Saar, Marie Watt and others use once-common objects to question and comment on the roles women assume through history. “Each work of art in Reimagining the Distaff toolkit has, at its visible core, a tool that was important for women’s domestic labor in the past. The old tool becomes the fulcrum for a contemporary work of art,” says Rickie Solinger, Curator. This exhibition was organized by WAKEUP/Arts.

Marie Watt, Conversation: Plow
Conversation: Plow, Marie Watt, 2007.
The Light Fantastic: Irish Stained Glass Art
February 19 - April 25, 2009

The Light Fantastic: Irish Stained Glass Art represents the work of 12 leading contemporary Irish glass artists and highlights the importance of traditional stained, painted and etched glass in Ireland. These artists are pushing conceptual and structural boundaries for stained glass installations.

Here, contemporary glass artists explore the flexibility of their medium. Although each piece in this exhibition is fundamentally a rectangular glass panel or series of panels, the different technical approaches used by each artist define his or her concept of the medium. Through various methods of production, these works provide an opportunity for viewers to see the way light can transform art.

Originally on view at the Crafts Council of Ireland, this exhibition was organized by International Arts & Artists. The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is pleased to be the first venue to present this exhibition in the United States.

Nora Duggan, Aquatic
Aquatic, Nora Duggan, 2007.
In the Eclipse of Angkor
Artist in Residence: Binh Danh
February 19 - April 18, 2009

Artist Binh Danh was born in Vietnam in 1977, two years after the fall of Saigon, and in 1979 he and his family left their country and eventually reached the United States. The experience inspired him to create artwork exploring time and memory. “This series… continues my exploration of the photographic process. Photography has allowed me to mediate on death and its influence on the living. The themes of mortality, memory, history, landscape justice, evidence and spirituality encompass this [work]," states the artist.

Danh invented a process known as chlorophyll printing, by which makes images on leaves by applying a negative to the leaf and setting it in the sun; the sun imprints the picture through the chlorophyll within the leaf. Danh received his MFA at Stanford University. His work has been exhibited at the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Asia Society Museum in New York City, and the University of Hawaii Art Museum in Honolulu.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is honored to premiere this new body of work, In The Eclipse of Angkor, and the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with contributing essays by J. Ruth Epstein, visiting professor of art history at Hollins University, and by Museum Director Amy G. Moorefield. Exhibition courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona and Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California.

Binh Danh, Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, Binh Danh, 2008.
Senior Majors Exhibition
May 5 - May 17, 2009

Featuring the work of: Sarah Black, Meghan Foster, Julia Garland, Kimberly Kennedy, Sharon Mirtaheri, Meritha Rucker, Ashley Viers, Leigh Werrell, and Meg Umberger. The Senior Major Exhibition is the final requirement for students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins and is the capstone experience of their senior project. Each of the participating artists will exhibit work from their final undergraduate portfolio that represents the culmination of their work.

Senior majors exhibition
Senior Majors Exhibition
Architectonic Logic: Silt-cast Stoneware by Chris Gryder
May 5 - June 27, 2009

In the artist's words, "within the shallow bas-relief surface of my work, is a compressed amalgam of the natural world and the human world." Gryder earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Tulane University, New Orleans, and his M.F.A. in ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. He also studied for five years with Paolo Soleri at Arconsanti in Mayer, Arizona, where he refined his silt casting technique. Gryder has exhibited internationally, and his work is in numerous public and private collections. With this exhibition, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is pleased to debut Ecliptic, a major commission that will be installed in July 2009 at Florida State University/Panama City.

Chris Gryder, Pinwheel Big Bang
Chris Gryder, Pinwheel Big Bang (detail). Silt-cast stoneware, 3 x 4 feet. Courtesy of the artist.
Reunion 2009: Exhibition of Recent Work by Mary Page Evan '59, Landscape Artist
May 28 - September 5, 2009

he Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University is proud to feature a solo exhibition by nationally known artist Mary Page Evans. In the exhibition From Nature, Evans will present paintings and works on paper focusing on the elements of nature with a significant emphasis on the Roanoke Valley. Working directly in nature (en plein air), Evans relates her work to music-each element working in harmony to create masterful works of art. Since the early 1970s, Mary Page Evans’ work has been the focus of numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries, art museums and universities as well as in United States Embassies around the world. Her work is in the collections of several public and corporate collections such as the DuPont Company, MBNA, and National Museum of Women in the Arts, State Museum of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Delaware Art Museum, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Evans is a graduate of Hollins University (formerly Hollins College) and returned to campus for the opening of the exhibition, which will take place during Hollins’ Reunion Weekend. Evans gave a gallery talk to her class (1959), and other returning alumni as part of the festivities.

Mary Page Evans, Large Sussex
Mary Page Evans, Large Sussex, 2006-07. Courtesy of the artist and Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
Barry Masteller: Boulevards
May 29 - August 22, 2009

Barry Masteller's ephemeral paintings evade precise portrayals of time and place. In his series Boulevards, the glow of twilight transforms the cityscape into a haunting, dreamlike apparition. Silhouetted streets, buildings, and people are arranged to create a conflicting sense of community and isolation. Masteller’s work has been shown extensively in both group and solo exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art and at Caldwell/Snyder Gallery in New York.

Barry Masteller, Boulevards
Barry Masteller, Boulevard 55 (detail), 2006. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Katharine T. Carter & Associates, New York City.
Barbara Bernstein: Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise
July 16 - August 22, 2009

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum will originate the first major site-specific exhibition in the region by artist Barbara Bernstein. Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise will encompass the largest space of the museum, incorporating architectural references culled from Hollins University's historic campus. Familiar elements of columns, streams, benches and walkways will be interpreted in two and three dimensions. Bernstein creates her site-specific works with simple, manufactured, predominately black and white materials such as electrical tape, contact paper, construction paper and foam core. The viewer is invited to see and experience a familiar environment in unfamiliar, surprising ways. Barbara Bernstein is the Artist in Residence at the Virginia Creative Center for the Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, Virginia. Bernstein taught at Yale University, the Rhode Island School of Design and Carnegie-Mellon University, among others. Her work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, including at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

Barbara Bernstein

Maquette from Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise, Barbara Bernstein, 2009. Foam core, electrical tape, construction paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Betty Branch
Through the Crow's Eye: a Retrospective
September 17 - November 21, 2009

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is pleased to curate and present the first major retrospective of internationally recognized Roanoke artist Betty Branch. Through the Crow’s Eye honors one of the most respected sculptors in the southeast region. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is presented in an exhibition showcasing decades of artistic experimentation.

The exhibition utilizes all three spaces of the museum and includes an outdoor sculpture component. It focuses on over thirty of Branch’s most significant works, including several on loan from private collections around the country, video documentation of her performance art presented alongside her poetry, and several outdoor sculptures, including a new site specific landwork.

Betty Branch, Road Show
Road Show, 2006, bronze, 28x12x18”. Courtesy of the artist.
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