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Past Exhibitions

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Robert Sulkin: Photographs 1973-2019
January 16 - March 29, 2020

This exhibition presents over 100 works selected from over 40 years (1973-2019) of photography-making by Robert Sulkin. His work has spanned the history of photography technology in the 20th and 21st centuries from glass lantern slides to Photoshop. A member of the Hollins University faculty from 1980-2019, Sulkin is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions including the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. Sulkin states: “In the broadest sense, my work deals with the futility of the individual attempting to cope in a technology driven world spinning out of control. As such, it is a personal response to a world that controls me more and more even as I understand its workings less and less.” This exhibit and its related programs are sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.

king mackerel head

Robert Sulkin, King Mackerel Head, 2000. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.


Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki: Biophilia
January 30 - April 26, 2020
Closed March 29, 2020 in response to COVID-19

Wendy DesChene (Canada) and Jeff Schmuki (USA) operate under the guise of PlantBot Genetics Inc., a parody of Big Agricultural Firms who skillfully manipulate current food production and distribution systems. PlantBot Genetics, Inc. combines tactical media and public space to promote critical thinking and political action on environmental issues. DesChene and Schmuki began practicing as PlantBot Genetics in 2009. Each has prior experience and awards as solo artists prior to forming their collaboration and both were raised with strong connections to the land around them. PlantBot Genetics has exhibited and/or completed projects at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, The Pulitzer Foundation for Art in St Loius, the Goethe Institute of Cairo, Egypt, and Bach Modern in Austria. In 2010, a significant contribution to their body of work was produced at the American Academy in Rome as visiting artists. Recent exhibitions include Foodture at the Elaine L Jacob Gallery of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, PlantBot Genetics: a Critical Contact Exhibition Series at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in Takoma Park, Maryland, and artist lectures and studio visits at Long Island University in Brookville, NY.

Jeff Schmuki is the 2020 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence. Established by an anonymous donor in 1997, the endowed Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows the University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus each academic year. In residence during the spring semester, the visiting artist creates work in a campus studio and teaches an art seminar open to all students.

jeff schmuki

Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, PlantBots. Mixed media.


2020 Senior Majors Exhibition
currently available online

This online exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2020 majoring in studio art: Béa Mahjoub, Gabriella Kroger, Katherine Nuwayser, Kayla Keen, and Melissa Noles.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Claire Stankus notes, "Teaching the senior studio art majors, class of 2020, over a full academic year has been such a pleasure... They have continued to inspire me, espeically this spring semester. They overcame working from their homes with limitations, experimented with new materials, balanced their studio work with their personal lives, and continued to stay in touch outside of Zoom class. I hope each of these seniors will reflect back on this time and be so proud of their perseverance. They are certainly ready for the next steps ahead."

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.

2020 seniors

designed by the Hollins University class of 2020 studio art majors


Art Videos at the Museum
August 25 - November 20, 2020

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is transforming our Main Gallery into a space to contemplate art, meditate, relax, practice yoga, breathe, or simply be. We will screen Dear Opportunity by Lisa McCarty (August 25 - September 20), Patron Saint by Hollins alum Georden West (September 22 - October 18), and A Decade of Sun by NASA (October 20 - November 20). Guests can bring their own blankets or yoga mats, and the museum will have clean mats available.

the sun from NASA

still from A Decade of Sun, courtesy of NASA


Together We Can Dream
August 25 - November 20, 2020

Visit our physically distanced interactive space to participate in a large collaborative drawing right on the museum’s walls. Take inspiration from the artists who have come before you or strike out on your own. Sanitized markers are provided by the museum.


installation image of interactive drawing


Expanding Narratives:
Conversations with the Collection
August 31 - November 20, 2020
also available online

Faculty members from across academic divisions have collaborated with museum staff to select works from the collection that investigate key course concepts and provide extended access to the individual works of art. Participating departments include art history, biology, classics, English, gender and women studies, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and studio art.

and now her own

Tip Toland, And Now Her Own, 2019. Stoneware clay and mixed media. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, 2020.001.


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