There’s a lot going on at Hollins, and much of it is open to you. There are plays, concerts, lectures, sporting events, film festivals, dance performances, and art exhibits. In all, Hollins sponsors more than 200 events each year that are free and open to the public.
Barbara Kingsolver was named one the most important writers of the 20th century by Writers Digest. In 2000 she received the National Humanities Medal, the country's highest honor for service through the arts. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and for Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction, won the national book award of South Africa, and was named an Oprah Book Club selection. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle won numerous prizes, including the James Beard Award. The Lacuna won the Orange Prize in 2010. In 2011, Kingsolver was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work. Her latest novel, Flight Behavior, was chosen as the first-year reading for Hollins' class of 2018.
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.
Image, above, left (detail), photo by David Wood.
Image, above, right, Alida Fish, Tintypes, Octopus & Shell, Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Schmidt-Dean Gallery.