The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Past Exhibitions


Echo Sounding:
Liz Miller, Younseal Eum, Huguette Despault May
January 10 – March 2, 2013

The exhibition explores the work of three artists who are looking at nautical elements and marine tools as well as repetitive patterning in nature to tell compelling stories. Featuring new work including two site-specific installations, Echo Sounding includes kinetic sculpture, felt assemblages and exquisitely rendered drawings and photographs all focused on our fascination with the sea and its inhabitants.  Miller’s large-scale felt assemblages are comprised of repeated shapes from historic and contemporary culture; taken out of their typical context, the artist uses them to present a new storyline.  Eum’s kinetic sculptures transport the viewer to the seas, using the shadows of paper-based materials to create an immersive experience.  May’s detailed charcoal drawings unravel rope into organic forms, deconstructing a basic piece of nautical gear.  Miller received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  Eum earned her BFA and MFA from Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea, before receiving her MFA in Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.  May studied at the Shuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, before earning her BFA and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.  May’s work is courtesy of Katharine T. Carter & Associates.  All three artists have exhibited throughout North America.

echo sounding

Top: Liz Miller, Imperious Decorum (revisited) (detail), 2011. Stiffened felt and other mixed media, dimensions variable. Photo by Matt Gubancsik.

Center: Youseal Eum, Dream Fishing (detail). Foam board, motors, balloons, paper, fans. Courtesy of the artist.

Bottom: Huguette Despault May, Umbilicals, 2009.  Charcoal on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Katharine T. Carter & Associates.


Dan Estabrook
2013 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
March 14 – April 20, 2013

2013 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence Dan Estabrook is a leading expert on 19th century photographic processes. In recent years, Estabrook has added pencil and paint to his negatives and prints to create contemporary work that explores universal themes such as love, sexuality, and death.  Estabrook attended Harvard University and earned his MFA from the University of Illinois.  In 1994, he received an Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.  The Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year.  While in residence, the artist creates work in a campus studio and teaches an art seminar open to all students. During their time at Hollins University, the Artist-in-Residence is a vital part of the campus and greater Roanoke community.

dan estabrook, message

Dan Estabrook, Message in a Bottle, 2006. Salt print with watercolor and gouache. Courtesy of the artist.

Tanja Softić: Migrant Universe
March 14 – April 20, 2013

While many Americans think of immigration in terms of recent politics, Tanja Softić focuses on human migration in a global sense.  Using innovative printmaking techniques, Softić investigates national identity and feelings of exile through richly layered large-scale works.  Merging appropriated visual material within her drawings and paintings, the artist addresses concepts of cultural hybridity, chaos, and memory.  Softić earned her MFA in Printmaking from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, following study at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo.  She received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2009 and her work is included in collections worldwide.

Tanja Softić: Migrant Universe was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts.
tanja softic, second
Tanja Softić, Second Angel, 2008. Acrylic, pigment, charcoal and chalk on handmade paper mounted on board. Courtesy of the artist.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Student-Curated Exhibition
May 7 – 19, 2013

This exhibition features 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 Kathleen Nolan, Professor of Art History. Student curators are Elizabeth Avila, Johnna Henry, Caitlin Hoerr, Abby Gillis, Madeleine Long, Abigail Egan Minor, Allison Schmitt, Stephanie Stassi, and Roz Waiwaiole. Over the course of the semester, the class will experience a variety of museum-related endeavors. Student curators present their own thematic exhibition using the museum's collection as inspiration.

Behind the Scenes
Photo by Olivia Body
Senior Majors Exhibition
May 7 – 19, 2013

This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2013 majoring in Studio Art: Shannon E. Bryant, Mary Kate Claytor, Madeline Clifford, Jaclyn "JD" Donnelly, Mia Traglia Dunkin, Kayla M. Gatti, Pamela Ann Guite, Brittany M. Hayes, Kelly Annemarie Hunt, Kailen M. Kinsey, Jenna L. Milton, Katelyn D. Osborne, Ginny Lynn Patrick, Tess E Petersen, and Brandi Phillips.. Join us at the campus preview reception to congratulate these hardworking students. The family reception at the conclusion of the show is a celebration for parents and relatives who are on campus for commencement.

2013 seniors
Hollins University class of 2013, Studio Art
May 30 – September 14, 2013

Born in Australia, France, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States, the seven artists – Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf– bring a broad range of international perspectives to the art of paper cutting. This exhibition reveals the centuries-old tradition as an art form and as a process that transforms the medium of paper into contemporary meditations on culture, beauty, and the boundaries between nature and artifice. The results can deceive the viewer into believing that they are not seeing works formed out of the "simple" medium of paper. Papercuts was organized by Reni Gower, who is a Professor in Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting and Printmaking Department. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts.

lenka konopasek, tornado
Lenka Konopasek, Indoor Tornado, 2009. Materials and dimensions vary. Courtesy of the artist.
Sue Johnson: American Dreamscape
October 3 – December 7, 2013

American Dreamscape features mixed media work by internationally renowned artist Sue Johnson (American, born 1957). Johnson’s work is grounded in the genres of the still life and vanitas, and explores the history of collections and collectors. Often working in collaboration with museums, libraries, and private collections to develop site-specific exhibition projects, this exhibition is the result of such collaboration between the artist and the Wilson Museum. Bringing together ways of seeing the domestic “American Dream” through objects that are transformed by Johnson from 1950s idealized domestic interiors, American Dreamscape is about contemporary abundance and excess.

Viewers will encounter a site-specific installation referencing a 1950s tin-litho dollhouse transformed to human scale as well as a banqueting table featuring the artist’s Incredible Edibles series of ceramic serving ware, highlighting our food habits, in which we rarely know the exact origin of what we eat. Featuring several new works to be shown publicly for the first time, American Dreamscape presents a fresh vision of the world created by Johnson: a vast imaginary landscape full of consumables.

Born in San Francisco, Johnson received her BFA in studio art from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and her MFA in painting from Columbia University, New York, New York. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York; Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York; and the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford, England. She has received several national grants, fellowships, and residencies including the Arts/Industry Program, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; the City of Salzburg/Salzburg Kunstlerhaus Residency Fellowship, Salzburg, Austria; and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award. Johnson is professor of art in the department of art and art history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Funding for Sue Johnson: American Dreamscape comes in part from the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission, and from Roanoke County.

Please see the exhibition video.

sue johnson american dreamscape
Sue Johnson, installation view of Ready-Made Dream in the exhibition American Dreamscape, 2013. Photo by Christine Carr.
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