The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Past Exhibitions

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Other Realities/Divergent Paths:
Montages by Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor

February 4 – April 23, 2016

Artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor both construct montaged works of art out of collected images or objects, yet the creative journey each employs are very divergent paths. Uelsmann is a pioneer in the world of photographic image manipulation. Since the 1950s he has been assembling multiple silver-halide negatives and working with multiple enlargers to create haunting, highly improbable realities that connect with the viewer on a subconscious level. Taylor, on the other hand, has embraced new digital technology and software to create dreamlike, fantastical imagery using what she calls her "menagerie of found objects" along with photos she has taken and vintage photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Seen alongside each other, their works share some symbolism and attributes, especially images of water, boats, and houses, yet the difference in feel between the black and white work of Uelsmann and the color-filled work of Taylor is distinct.

uelsmann and taylor

Upper: Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled, 2003. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist.

Lower: Maggie Taylor, The Moth House, 2012. Pigmented digital print. Courtesy of the artist.


Tip Toland: 2016 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
February 11 – May 1, 2016

2016 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence Tip Toland creates startlingly lifelike ceramic sculptural portraits. Toland explains that her work explores "the inner state of the human condition… the truth of what it is to be human without the veneer." Toland earned her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado and her M.F.A. from Montana State University. In 2014 she was the recipient of the US Artists Wingate Fellow Grant. She has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and the Artist Trust of Seattle, WA. Her sculptures are in public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the Crocker Art Museum, CA. Toland is a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in the Seattle, Washington region, and conducts workshops across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

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.

tip toland, throes

Tip Toland, In the Throes. Stoneware and paint. Courtesy of the artist.


Water, Water Everywhere:
Paean to a Vanishing Resource

March 10 – April 24, 2016

Water is the world’s most crucial commodity and the basis for all earthly life. Its preservation and protection may be our greatest environmental challenge. The global water crisis affects everyone, from those lacking enough to those experiencing uncontrollable floods that wipe away homes and land and wildlife. Water, Water, Everywhere comprises 30-second to 30-minute films from forty-five artists worldwide exploring water issues from the political to the personal and from ethics to aesthetics. Film formats and delivery are wide ranging and include documentary, experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated, and acted.

Water, Water, Everywhere is traveling to arts, educational, environmental, science, and other organizations and institutions across the U.S., and is designed as a platform for discussion. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue which features a foreword by Global Water Partnership founder, Ismail Serageldin, an essay by Betsy Damon, Founder and Director of Keeper of the Waters, and an introduction by exhibition Curator Jennifer Heath.

Generous support for Water, Water Everywhere provided by Compton Foundation, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Puffin Foundation, Ltd., J. Gluckstern, Shireen Malik, Jack Collom, Lucy R. Lippard, Valerie Behiery, Felicia Furman, Rickie Solinger, Katie Hyzy, Claudia Borgna, Kathy Maria Marsh, Sarah C. Bell, Heather Sarbaugh, and Marda Kirn.

michel varisco, shifting

Michel Varisco, still image detail from Shifting. Single-channel, single-view video. Courtesy of the artist.


2016 Senior Majors Exhibition
May 10–22, 2016

This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2016 majoring in studio art: Georgina Alice, ASH, Gabrielle Heard, Rebecca L. Johnson, Cheyenne Lee, Anna Robertson, MaKayla Songer, Shannon Nicole Ulmer, and Ashley Woodward. The exhibition is the final requirement for art students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins, and is the capstone experience of their yearlong senior project.

hollins university art

Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Hollins University


Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Student-Curated Exhibition

May 10 – June 9, 2016

Using selected works from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum’s permanent collection, student curators put theory into practice in this exhibition - the culmination of the spring class titled, "Behind the Scenes: Principles and Practice."

As part of the class, students collaborate and share responsibilities for conceptualizing, researching, designing, interpreting, and installing a cohesive exhibition.  Participants bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to the class, pursuing various disciplines including art history, mathematics, and studio art.

Co-instructors are Dr. Kathleen Nolan, Professor of Art History and Jenine Culligan, Director, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.
behind the scenes

a peek beind the scenes


Women Working with Clay Symposium Exhibition
May 12 – June 16, 2016

In conjunction with Hollins University's Women Working With Clay Symposium, the Wilson Museum presents an exhibition of work by the program's director, Donna Polseno; presenters Syd Carpenter, Michelle Erickson, Liz Quackenbush, and Tara Wilson; and featured speaker Silvie Granatelli. This symposium emphasizes the creative process from every level. At the same time, it looks at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.

Donna Polseno, seeing

Donna Polseno, Seeing My Other Side, 2009. Earthenware. Courtesy of the artist.


DANCE LAB: MFA Dance Thesis Exhibitions
June 9 – July 3, 2016

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is committed to serving a wide variety of art disciplines and fostering creativity and collaboration across the Hollins campus and in the region. In response to the shifting paradigm of art making, the museum is partnering with Hollins’ M.F.A. in dance program to host a series of graduate dance theses in our Main Gallery; melding live dance, performance, and visual art.

Mariah Steele will present The Memory Closet June 9-19 and Jessica Fox will show Invitation In... June 23 - July 3, 2016.

Jessica Fox, invitation

Jessica Fox, Invitation In..., 2016. Courtesy of the artist.


Visual Stories - Real and Imagined:
Work by Illustrators and Instructors
June 27 – August 14, 2016

Featured will be original artwork by instructors teaching in the summer 2016 M.F.A. children's book illustration program at Hollins University. Included will be illustrations from Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson, The Canyon by Ashley Wolff, The Prince’s Diary by Elizabeth Dulemba, Minna's Patchwork Coat by Lauren Mills, and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by Mark Braught. Additionally, this summer's writers–in-residence, Cece Bell, Newberry Honor winning author of the graphic novel El Deafo and Tom Angleberger, creator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series will have work in the exhibition.

Lauren Mills, minna

Lauren Mills, Cover for Minna's Patchwork Coat. Oil on canvas, 20 x 15". Courtesy of the artist.


Line + Color
July 21 – August 14, 2016

The elements of art (space, shape, line, color, form, and texture) are the building blocks artists use to create a work of art. Using strong examples from the Wilson Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibit focuses on two elements, line and color, to portray the numerous styles achieved by a variety of artists.

mary page evans, amherst

Mary Page Evans '59, Amherst Spring, 1997-98. Oil on linen. Gift of the artist, 2005.049.


Transference: Phobias and Fears
June 23 – September 4, 2016

This selection of works from the permanent collection is presented under a theme not necessarily intended by the artists.  This small grouping presents an opportunity to think about some of the most common phobias including pyrophobia (fear of fire), acrophobia (fear of heights), and claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) – transferring the meaning/intent of the work of art, but also offering a chance for the viewer to redirect feelings towards an object.  All in all, it is a chance to think about how we view artworks, how they speak to us, and what we in turn project onto them.  In other words, we all bring our life experiences, including our "baggage" with us wherever we go – even when we look at art.

Kate C. Anderson, entropy

Kate C. Anderson, Entropy II, 2007. Oil on linen. Museum purchase. 2007.004.002.


SECAC 2016 Juried Exhibition
September 1 – October 22, 2016

This exhibition is in conjunction with the 72nd annual SECAC meeting, jointly hosted by the City of Roanoke, Virginia Tech, and Hollins. Forty contemporary artists and educators display fifty-seven large- and small-scale works, including video, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, prints, and more. The exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

bridget kirkland

Bridget M. Kirkland, Penny Candy, 2016. Frozen found glass captured with digital photography. Courtesy of the artist.


Between Art and Science: Maria Sibylla Merian
September 15 – December 11, 2016

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) led a fascinating life of travel and scientific pursuits, making important contributions to botany, entomology, and what we now call the field of ecology. By the time she was 32, she had published The Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars. At age 52, she traveled to the northwest coast of South America, to Surinam, then a Dutch colony, where she spent two years observing, collecting, recording, and documenting plants and the life cycles of the exotic insects of that country. The result was Metamorphosis insectorium Surinamensium, a lavish folio edition featuring 60 beautifully hand-colored copperplate engravings. This exhibition presents 10 of her works, all of which have been loaned by Arader Galleries, New York and Philadelphia.

maria sibylla merian, surinamensium

Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate V from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, 1705. Hand-colored engraving. Courtesy of Arader Galleries.


Re-Righting History:
Contemporary Artists Look at Race and Ethnic Identity
November 3, 2016 – January 15, 2017

This exhibit consists of prints, drawings, and photographs created by contemporary artists of color who re-examine and reinterpret the prevailing cultural history of the Americas. Artists represented include Carrie Mae Weems, Willie Cole, Kara Walker, Deborah Muirhead-Dancy, Enrique Chagoya, Roger Shimomura, and Kay Walkingstick. Works are loaned from private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.

Carrie Mae Weems, jefferson hemings

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Enactment of the Jefferson-Hemings Affair from the Jefferson Suite), ca. 2001. Silver gelatin print. Gift of Sally Cole Nelson '49, 2007.010.


Lenny Lyons Bruno: Coal Camp Series
November 10, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Lenny Lyons Bruno was born in a West Virginia coal camp in 1947. The Coal Camp Series is a visual narrative of her early years. Bruno shares her memories in large paintings that incorporate a wide variety of materials including quilts, photographs, ledgers, and found objects, many of which date back to the 1940s. Her sculptures are comprised of everyday objects reconfigured into forms that create a sense of reflection and wonder.

Lenny Lyons Bruno, fold

Lenny Lyons Bruno, Fold Inward, 2006. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.


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