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Jennifer Anderson Jennifer D. Anderson, (Homepage) associate professor of art
B.F.A., East Tennessee State University; M.F.A., The University of Georgia

Jennifer D. Anderson is interested in dualities and they are always easy to find in her art. How she will use such a un-artlike material as shrinky dinks to make a piece that deals with our contemporary body image. How she pairs digital images with ancient printing processes. And even how she will share almost anything, but don’t touch her scissors. Jennifer’s artwork has been included in a wealth of exhibitions here in the United States, Russia, and South Korea, and was recently chosen for inclusion in the book Printmakers Today. She has made presentations at the College Art Association Conference, SGC International Conference, and is writing an essay for the Norton Simon Museum.

NerdScholar, a financial literacy website for students that empowers them to make smart financial choices, has selected Professor Anderson for its inaugural list of "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire." According to the website, "These 40 inspirational professors were nominated based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, desire to interact with students outside of class, and collaborate on research projects. Nominations were collected through student and faculty recommendations, articles such as The Princeton Review’s Best Professors list, and other pieces highlighting universities with outstanding professors, supplemented by crowd-sourced review sites such as RateMyProfessors and CourseRank." Anderson's profile can be found here.
Jennifer Anderson
"Sensate: headway," drypoint with digital chine colle, plate 4.5 x 3.5," paper 15 x 11," 2009

Johanna Ruth Epstein

Johanna Ruth Epstein, assistant professor of art
B.A. Oberlin College; M.A., Ph.D., New York University

Ruth’s courses address a broad range of topics from Modern and Contemporary art and art theory to the history of art in China. Her scholarship includes nineteenth-century French art, Female Cross-Dressers, twentieth-century women artists, and the impact of seventeenth-century Dutch art on nineteenth-century Dutch art on nineteenth-century French painting. Her exhibition reviews appear regularly in ARTnews. In class, she is driven by a passion for discovering how students see the world. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming with sea lions, ruminating on her currently favorite music, or considering her collection of carpets.


Richard Hensley

Richard Hensley, (Homepage) lecturer in art, ceramics
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute; M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

Rick has lived in Floyd, Virginia with his wife, Donna Polseno, where they have worked as studio artists for over thirty years. He received an individual NEA artist grant in 1987 and has been widely known for his highly decorated porcelain ceramics. He has taught and led workshops all over America and was an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Locally, he and Donna are among the founding members of the 16 Hands craft group. Richard was an invited participant to the International Clay Symposium in Izmir, Turkey in 2002 and most recently was a visiting artist in Jingdezhen, China at the Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramic Art.



Jar with Kousa Berry

Jar with Kousa Berry

Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan, professor, medieval art history and women's history
B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

Kathleen thinks that teaching at Hollins is one of the best jobs in America. She teaches medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history. Her scholarly interests include the history of women in the Middle Ages, and the works of art commissioned by women to tell their stories. Her recent book, Queens in Stone and Silver: The Creation of a Visual Identity of Queenship in Capetian France (Palgrave 2009), looked at queens’ personal seals and effigy tombs. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Art Bulletin, the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Studies in Iconography, and Gesta.


Donna Polseno

Donna Polseno, (Homepage) lecturer in art, ceramics
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute M.A.T., Rhode Island School of Design

Donna lives and works as a studio artist in Floyd, Virginia. She has been known for a variety of work over the years including raku vessels, porcelain pottery, and figurative sculpture. She has taught workshops and summer sessions in numerous places including the University of Michigan, Oregon School of Crafts, Alfred University, Arrowmont, and the Long Beach Art Foundation. Donna was an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation. She is included in many collections such as the St. Louis Museum, the Silber Collection, and the Mint Museum of Contemporary Crafts. Donna was an invited participant to the International Clay Symposium in Turkey in 2002 organized by the University of Izmir. She was a visiting artist in September 2004, at the Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramic Art in China, working with students in an exchange program for the University of West Virginia.



Tang Di Platter

Tang Di Platter

Christina Salowey

Christina Salowey, associate professor, classical studies and gender and women's studies
B.S., B.A., Muhlenberg College; M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.A., Tufts University; M.A., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Tina is a ditch digger of classical objects. She spends all her free time bicycling around Greece studying various sites. Recently Tina and Chris Richter, assistant professor, communication studies, took a group of Hollins students to Greece for our January Short Term. They traveled to Arcadia, Delphi. Tina specializes in Greek archaeology and religion and her research combines art, history, religion, numismatics, epigraphy, architecture, and literature. "I like to study the ancient world as a whole complex organism--you can't look at Mycenaean wall paintings without reading Homer or late Hellenistic art without understanding Alexander the Great," she says. Her book on the Cults of Herakles will soon be published by the University of Michigan Press. Tina teaches ancient art and classical studies.

Elise Schweitzer

Elise Schweitzer, (Homepage) assistant professor of art
Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; B.F.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., Indiana University

Elise makes extremely large oil paintings of groups of people sharing peak experiences. Her latest body of work depicts a moment of crisis when a skydiver crash-lands in a Midwestern backyard. The action plays out through multiple canvases, showing the moments before, during and after the crash. One character rushes to help, one searches the sky, another drops his beer in surprise, and like a Jungian dream-state, all the characters are metaphorical self-portraits. Elise teaches painting and drawing. She has shown her paintings in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia, and won numerous awards and grants to support her oversized painting addiction. She has taught landscape painting classes in Italy and participated in an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings are included in Manifest Gallery's Painting Annual 1, 3, and 4.

Skydiver Landing

"Skydiver Landing" (detail) Oil on Linen, 108" x 72," 2012
Bob Sulkin

Bob Sulkin, (Homepage) professor of art, photography
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa

One must enter Bob's studio with some care. He has recently embarked on a series of still life images that examine life and death, beauty and horror. Stacked on the floor and filling every shelf are artifacts from the old biology lab at Hollins -- such as stuffed birds, snakes, tools of the trade, and then there is a mannequin, hundreds of bottles, and even fake grapes. His photographs have been exhibited in more than 100 solo and group shows in the mid-Atlantic region including the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A solo exhibit of his work is currently circulating through the Virginia Museum's statewide exhibition program. Bob teaches photography and photo history.


"Lamb," gelatin silver print, 8 x 10"