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Suzanna Fields: Pool
January 6 - February 5, 2011

Suzanna Fields grew up in Abingdon, VA and has an MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She uses an array of innovative materials and processes to create drawings, paintings, and installations: "I extrude, pour, drip, spill, spray, cut up, brush on and draw with paint and ink in my drawings… my work mixes wonder, celebration, persistence and unease." Fields' whimsical and wondrous paintings on Mylar will be on view, in addition to her acrylic wall works and a new site-specific installation. Fields has exhibited her work at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, the Irvine Contemporary, the Transformer and the Signal 66 galleries in Washington, DC and has an upcoming exhibition at Walker Contemporary in Boston. She has been featured in The Washington Post, New American Paintings, and Art Papers Magazine, and she has received honors including a Liquitex purchase prize as well as a Bethesda Contemporary Painting Award. Fields' paintings are in numerous private collections as well as in the corporate collections of Philip Morris & Retail Data LLC.

Suzanna Fields, Peacock
Suzanna Fields, Peacock (detail), 2010. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. Photo courtesy of Taylor Dabney.
The Gift: Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
January 6 - February 5, 2011

Generous donors have given a number of works to the museum's collection in 2009 and 2010. This exhibition will feature art in a variety of media spanning diverse styles. James McGarrell, often known for his paintings, also created deeply layered works on paper. A large-format photograph by Binh Danh provides contrast to his intimate Daguerreotypes and chlorophyll prints. The career of Jean Hélion will be represented through highlights of his stylistic transitions. This exhibition underscores the Wilson Museum's mission as a repository of significant works of modern and contemporary art.

Jean Helion, Fille au Mannequin
Jean Hélion, Fille au Mannequin, ca. 1955. Artists edition lithograph. Gift of Louis Blair in honor of Bill White. Courtesy of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum. 2010.009.
Helen Frederick: Dissonance
2011 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
February 17 - April 16, 2011

Helen Frederick is an internationally recognized artist using printmaking, artist books, electronic media and installation works as a basis for commentary. Her work is included in the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and numerous other collections throughout the world. Frederick is the founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a Center for Contemporary Collaborative Projects in Printmaking, Hand Papermaking, and the Art of the Book in Silver Spring, MD.

Helen Frederick, Armored
Helen Frederick, Armored for the Monkey Horde IX, 2010. Oil base monotype and digitally printed chine collé on artist-made paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Judy Pfaff: Year of the Dog
February 17 - April 16, 2011

Working in sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and installation art, Pfaff has exhibited throughout the United States since the early 1970s. Pfaff earned her MFA from Yale University and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships. She currently is the co-chair of the art department at Bard College, NY. Her artwork is featured in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.

Judy Pfaff, year of the dog
Judy Pfaff, Year of the Dog #8, 2009. Woodblock, collage, with hand painting, ed. 20. Courtesy of the artist and Tandem Press.
Coloring our World: Artist Imprints from Pyramid Atlantic and Navigation Press
February 17 - April 16, 2011

Pyramid Atlantic (established in1981) and George Mason University's Navigation Press (established in 2006) have empowered hundreds of artists by assisting them in papermaking, printmaking, book arts, and digital media through collaboration. The exhibition features selections that were produced under founder Helen Frederick's direction and include examples by renowned artists who play a substantial role in the art world. Lonnie Graham's vibrant artist books, created via photogravure and letterpress with custom-made papers, are the result of the artist's travels to east Africa. Enrique Chagoya expresses social and political commentary in his etchings. Miriam Schapiro uses screenprinting, flocking, pulp paintings, and custommade papers in her work to honor influential women artists. Coloring Our World showcases the remarkable flexibility of the printmaking medium and the innovative partnership between artists and working presses.

Karen Kunc, seeding jewels
Karen Kunc, Seeding Jewels, 2008. Woodcut. Navigation Press, courtesy of George Mason University.
Senior Majors Exhibition
May 10 - June 5, 2011

Campus preview : Tuesday, May 10, 6 - 8 pm
Family reception: Saturday, May 21, 1 - 3 pm

This exhibition featured the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2011 majoring in studio art: Amanda Agricola, Kristen Booker, Heather Bowden, Kinza Carpenter, Corianne Correll, Erin Doss, Hannah Doss, Sarah Enfiedjian, Jana Fry, Kaitlin Haughey, Mary Heinzel, Sarah Klam, Kellie Kunerth, Christina Murray, Jenna Nelson, Heather Talley, Jennifer Trevino, Meredith Stafford, Nancy VanNoppen, and Rebecca Wilson. The exhibition was the final requirement for art students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins, and was the capstone experience of their year-long senior project.

2011 Seniors Majors Exhibition
Hollins University class of 2011, Studio Art
Behind the Scenes at the Museum:
Student-Curated Exhibition
May 10 - June 5, 2011

Curator's Tour: Friday, May 13

This exhibition featured work selected by student curators of Hollins University's spring semester class "Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Principles and Practice of Curatorship within Contemporary Art" co-taught by Amy Moorefield, Museum Director, and Johanna R. Epstein, Assistant Professor of Art History. The students range from first years to graduate students and are pursuing degrees in Art History, History, Political Science and Studio Art. The student curators are Cassandra Bjerke, Jennifer Crow, Leslie Fowler, Hannah Irvin, Leah Langheim, Angel McCord, Lily Knoble, Ashley Pannell, Megan Robinson, Ellen Ruberry, and Natalia Tkacz.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Left: James McKinney Yeatts, Sphinx #2 (detail), 1973. Lithocrayon on paper. Gift of the artist. Courtesy of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University. 2005.396. Center: Suzanna Fields, Swamp Sister, 2010. Acrylic and ink on Mylar. Gift of the artist. Courtesy of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University. 2011.007. Right: Eudora Welty, Photograph of Abandoned House (detail), ca. 1940. Silver gelatin print. Gift of Barry Jones. Courtesy of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, 2005.370.
Goodnight Hush: Classic Children’s Book Illustrations
June 23 -September 10

Morning reading and afternoon lecture by Thacher Hurd : Saturday, June 25

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University presented Goodnight, Hush: Classic Children's Book Illustrations, a two-part exhibition spanning the summers of 2011 and 2012.

Beginning in June 2011, original illustrations by artist Clement Hurd (1908–1988), world-renowned illustrator of many children's books, including Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny (both written by Hollins alumna and perennial favorite Margaret Wise Brown and published by HarperCollins), were paired with the work of contemporary children's book artists Thacher Hurd, Ashley Wolff and Ruth Sanderson.

The second part of Goodnight, Hush and its related events will be on view in the summer of 2012 and will be included in the statewideinitiative Virginians for the Arts 2012 MINDS WIDE OPEN theme of "Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts." The exhibition will feature original artwork exclusively from Goodnight Moon. Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952) was one of the first authors to write specifically for children aged two to five, and created some of the most enduring and well-loved children's books of all time, in addition to developing the concept of the first durable board book.

The continuing celebration is the first of its kind to be offered in the mid-Atlantic region. With references to both the visual arts and literature, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University will help children and parents explore how the arts on all levels shape families, generations, and communities.

Funding for this exhibition, programming, and publications has been generously provided in part by Roanoke County and Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company. Selected programs are organized in partnership with Hollins University's Graduate Programs in Children's Literature and Hollins University's Margaret Wise Brown Festival.

Thacher Hurd head

Thacher Hurd is the son of Clement Hurd and is a children's book author and illustrator of over 25 books including Zoom City, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.


Ashley Wolff head

Ashley Wolff is well known for her illustrations for Baby Beluga and the Miss Bindergarten series. She illustrated Little Donkey, Close Your Eyes, which was also written by Margaret Wise Brown.


Ruth Sanderson head

Ruth Sanderson is the illustrator of The Enchanted Wood and The Twelve Dancing Princesses, in addition to several titles in the Golden Books series.

Bill White: Empathy and Engagement
September 29 - December 10, 2011

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presented a major solo exhibition including many recent works by nationally recognized painter Bill White. From his studio in Troutville, Virginia, to the streets of Paris, White explores interior and exterior landscapes. Exhibition curator and museum director Amy Moorefield comments, "Bill White is a consummate artist whose paintings imply monumentality, regardless of their actual size. It's all about the studio coupled with the plein-air experience, the physicality of the paint and the act of painting." Form and color merge to delineate furniture, plants, windows, balconies, and bridges. White's feeling for each scene provides the viewer with a sense of familiarity. Art historian Jen Samet writes, "White's paintings are exuberant and expansive in their color, light, and abundance of form and life. However, they have a naturalism and softness that comes from the resistance to stylize or rigidly define form."

White received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Professor Emeritus after 39 years at Hollins University, White has received numerous accolades including Cabell Fellowship and Mellon Foundation grants, residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Cité International des Arts, and various faculty and service awards. Zeuxis, a national association of still life painters, twice hosted White as a guest artist. His work is in the collections of Indiana University's Henry Hope Art Museum, Bloomington in Indiana; the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia; and the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg; among many others. White's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries including Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia; the Bowery Gallery in New York; White Canvas Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; and the Thomasville Cultural Center in Thomasville, Georgia. A full color catalogue with essays by Amy Moorefield, exhibition curator and museum director, and art historian Jennifer Samet, Ph.D, accompanied the exhibition.

Bill White head

Bill White
Photo by Richard Boyd


Bill White, Downtown Rooftops 1
Bill White, Downtown Rooftops I, 2011. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Richard Boyd.
Jan Knipe
September 29 - December 10, 2011

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presented an exhibition of recent drawings by artist Jan Knipe. Based in Radford, Virginia, Knipe uses both traditional and handmade materials to create drawings that investigate the boundaries of the medium. With muted monochromatic hues, she explores the ambiguity of shape and the relationships between objects while developing narratives around nature and architectural forms. As Museum director Amy G. Moorefield writes, "Through her facile and expressive handling of her rendering tools, she transforms perceptions of her external environment into translations that hover between the real and the abstract."

Currently Professor Emerita from Hollins University where she taught from 1987-2009, Knipe has exhibited nationally dincluding the Hackett/Freedman Gallery in San Francisco, the Bowery Gallery in New York City, the Hermitage Foundation Museum in Norfolk and the Danville Museum of Art, Virginia among others. Her work is in many public and private collections including the Weisman Museum of Art in Minneapolis, the American Council on Education in Washington, DC, and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. She has received numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a Cabell Fellowship, an individual artist grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Grants for Artists Program (GAP) award from The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.

A color catalogue with essays by museum director Amy Moorefield, art historian Ann Bronwyn Paulk Ph.D., and art critic John Goodrich will accompanied the exhibition.

This exhibition was supported, in part, by a grant from The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Jan Knipe head
Jan Knipe
Photo by Richard Boyd


jan knipe, evening still life
Jan Knipe, Evening Still Life, 2009. Mixed chalk on Fabriano paper. Private collection. Photo by Richard Boyd.
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