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Past Exhibitions

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Home Sweet Home
January 9 – March 1, 2014

Working in diverse media, the artists of Home Sweet Home present artwork addressing issues that speak to our concepts of family, domesticity, and the immediate environments where we live, work, and play. Selected exhibiting artists include: Betsy Hale Bannan, Honor Bowman, Betty Branch, Christine Carr, Genesis Chapman, Travis Head, Susan Jamison, Michael-Birch Pierce, Kristin Skees, Nan Mahone Wellborn, Susan Worsham, and Annie Waldrop. The exhibition also presents the Web-based survey project Looking at the Land- 21st Century American Views. Featuring eighty-eight contemporary image makers, the project explores the evolving tradition of landscape photography and was curated by Andy Adams, publisher of FlakPhoto, produced in collaboration with Swink and Trapp Interactive. Organized by the Wilson Museum and curated by former museum director Amy Moorefield, this exhibition explores notions of home and place.

kristin skees, angela

Kristin Skees, Angela and Steve, 2011. Archival Ink Jet print on Hahnemuhle on handmade paper mounted on board, 60 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


Ben Grasso:
2014 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
March 20 – April 19, 2014

In his large-scale paintings, Ben Grasso explodes trees and houses into their constituent parts; the resulting images, caught in mid-transformation, float in a space charged with kinetic energy and chaos. Grasso holds an M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College, New York, and a B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Art. A recipient of a 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship, Grasso has exhibited widely across the United States and Europe.

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, the artist-in-residence plays a vital role in the campus and greater Roanoke community.

Ben Grasso, caution
Ben Grasso, Caution, 2011. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Kris Iden: Cadence
March 20 – April 19, 2014

In a subtle language of line, color, image and arrangement, Kris Iden creates delicately nuanced work. Her prints and mixed media drawings that explore themes of identity and place are read like visual poems. Iden has exhibited throughout Virginia and internationally. A recipient of the VMFA artist fellowship, she is also a former residency fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Denkmalschmiede Höfgen, Germany. Iden earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kris Iden, hortus
Kris Iden, Hortus Conclusus (Anatomy), 2013.
Mixed materials and beeswax. Courtesy of the artist.
Landscaped! From the Collection
March 20 – April 19, 2014

Landscaped! features paintings and works on paper from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum's collection. Contrasting tightly rendered natural vistas with dramatically colorful abstraction, this exhibition explores the range of artistic interpretations of the natural world. Including Sondra Freckleton's detailed lithograph Garden Landscape, Claire Van Vliet's etching Above in Sun and Wind, and the color field study of Mark Woodie's Springtime, the Wilson Museum is pleased to showcase many of these works for the first time.

mark woodie springtime
Mark Woodie, Springtime (detail), 1980. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, 2005.388.
2014 Senior Majors Exhibition
May 13 – 25, 2014

This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2014 majoring in studio art: Elizabeth Avila, Gabrielle Awuma, Jennifer K. Broschart, Leslie Fowler, Hillary Kursh, Madeleine O. Long, Laura Pineda-Fischer, Nyssa Reagan, Rachel Ahava Rosenfeld, Palija P. Shrestha, Trudy Stevens, Rosalind Waiwaiole, and Nicole Cheyenne Whitlow. The exhibition is the final requirement for art students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins, and is the capstone experience of their year-long senior project.

2014 seniors
Class of 2014 studio art majors
Susan Cofer: Draw Near
May 29 – September 13, 2014

For more than three decades, Atlanta-based artist and Hollins alumna Susan Seydel Cofer ’64 has been recognized in the Southeast for her painstakingly delicate, abstract drawings. More recently, her work has been based upon wide-open panoramic landscapes and topographies, but retains the essence of the natural world that persists throughout her oeuvre. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and curated by Michael Rooks, the High Museum’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Draw Near presents the first career survey of Cofer’s drawings. Rooks writes, “Cofer’s images evoke cycles of generation and regeneration, or biological reproduction and spiritual transmigration, and do not seem subject to the march of time toward notions of human progress… Each mark, like a heartbeat, is a reaffirmation of being in the present.” Similarly, Cofer’s sculptural portraits delight in humanity’s habits, quirks, and relationships. In The Compleat Jerry Cullum, she uses the art critic’s own words to clothe him, thereby slyly returning his own critique. An American Family as a Solar System depicts family members faithfully orbiting a central patriarch. Cofer’s works on paper and sculptural portraits are a testament to the mysteries of the universe, the nature of the divine, and the joy of daily life.

Susan Seydel Cofer received her B.A. in art history from Hollins in 1964 and went on to do postgraduate work in studio art at Georgia State University. Her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums such as Southeastern Museum of Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; and PS2 Paragon Studios Project Space, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In addition, her work is in several private, public, university, and museum collections nationwide.

Susan Cofer, levavi
Susan Cofer, Levavi Oculos, 2009. Colored pencil on paper. 10 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Michael McKelvey
Contemporary Photographers, Traditional Practices: Vision and Method in the 21st Century
October 2 - November 22, 2014

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University enters its second decade this year with a fall exhibition celebrating photography. In collaboration with the Schmidt-Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, the museum presents an eclectic exhibition of thirteen contemporary photographers represented by the gallery, all of whom enjoy regional and national reputations. Curated by Schmidt-Dean Gallery director Christopher Schmidt, the exhibition features a wide range of both technical and conceptual approaches. Included are historical procedures such as the tintype, cyanotype and gum-bichromate process; alternative techniques such as pinhole and hand painting; and more traditional methods in both analog and digital. Throughout, these various approaches are applied to a wide range of subjects and ideas.

Exhibiting artists include Linda Adlestein, Thomas Brummett, Susan Fenton, Larry Fink, Alida Fish, Sarah Van Keuren, Stuart Klipper, Christopher Moore, William Smith, Krista Steinke, Ruth Thorne Thomsen, Ida Weygandt, and Samuel Worthington.

Alida Fish, octopus
Alida Fish, Octopus and Shell. Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Schmidt-Dean Gallery.


Photographs from the Collection
October 2 – November 22, 2014

Since its invention in the nineteenth century, photography has been alternatingly viewed as a way to faithfully represent the world and an opportunity to portray illusion. Curated from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum's collection, this exhibition includes photographs by Nancy Spencer, Sally Mann, Eudora Welty, and Carrie Mae Weems. Representing a spectrum of styles and perspectives, these diverse works hint at the field of observation that the camera's lens provides.

Eudora Welty, house

Eudora Welty, Photograph of Abandoned House, ca. 1940. Silver gelatin print. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, 2005.370. Gift of Barry Jones.


Hollins Studio Faculty Exhibition
October 2 – December 6, 2014

The Wilson Museum is pleased to host a Hollins studio faculty exhibition, sharing with the broader community the work of these talented artists and professors: Robert Sulkin, photography; Jennifer Anderson, installation; Elise Schweitzer, painting; Donna Polseno, sculpture; Richard Hensley, ceramics; and Annie Waldrop, painted constructions.

Elise Schweitzer, parachute

Elise Schweitzer, Parachute Recovery, 2014.Oil on linen. Courtesy of the artist.


Nancy Dahlstrom: Luminous Spirit
December 8, 2014 - February 21, 2015

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is pleased to present Nancy Dahlstrom: Luminous Spirit, a major exhibition showcasing a wide variety of recent and older works by Hollins professor emerita Nancy Dahlstrom. Whether printmaking, drawing, or painting, Dahlstrom creates art that celebrates the vitality and spirit present in the natural world. An avid gardener, she finds inspiration for her detailed and intricate images in the many gardens that surround her home and studio in Fincastle, Virginia. Her extensive travels have taken her to France, Norway, Scotland, Greece, Malaysia, and along the length of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. In 1995, she spent time in Kyoto, Japan, drawing and photographing the city’s Zen gardens. Upon returning to her studio, she created Fuzei: A Breeze of Feeling, a series of monotypes celebrating the beauty and quiet energy of the spaces she visited.

Dahlstrom was professor of art at Hollins from 1973 - 2013, and holds a B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and an M.F.A. in printmaking from Ohio University. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. The recipient of many awards, she was honored in 2011 by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke, Virginia, with the Perry F. Kendig Award for Outstanding Visual Artist, for her contributions to the local arts community.

Nancy Dahlstrom, iris
Nancy Dahlstrom, Golden Iris, 2014. Oil on board. Courtesy of the artist.


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