Each year, our artist-in-residence program brings to campus a nationally recognized artist who produces work and teaches a special seminar. The program honors Frances Niederer, a beloved art historian who taught for many years at Hollins.
Susan Lichtman is a figurative painter of domestic spaces. For 30 years she has used her home and family as a source for compositions based on observation and imagination. Her oil and gouache paintings have been exhibited widely, most recently at Swarthmore College, PA; Smith College, MA; and Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia. She has earned awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Tiffany Foundation, and from Brandeis University, where she holds the Charles Bloom Chair in the Arts of Design. Lichtman has been a guest artist at colleges, universities, and painting programs throughout the U.S. and Europe. She received an A.B. degree from Brown University and an M.F.A. from Yale University. She lives in the woods of southeastern Massachusetts.
2016: Tip Toland
Tip Toland is a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in the Seattle area. Her work is represented in both private and public collections, including Yellowstone Art Museum, Archie Bray Foundation, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Kohler Art Center, Nelson Atkins Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, the Crocker Museum, the St. Petersburg Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2015: Lisa Bulawsky
Lisa Bulawsky examines ideas of private life and civic space, which she explores in works on paper, installations, and ephemeral public projects. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, International Print Center in New York, Dalarnas Museum in Sweden, and Opole Contemporary Art Gallery in Poland all exhibit her work.
2014: Ben Grasso
Ben Grasso’s large-scale paintings depict familiar objects such as houses and trees that have exploded and are floating in space. His paintings evoke images that are “coming undone and revealing how [they] might be put together again” (Artforum magazine).
2013: Dan Estabrook
Dan Estabrook makes contemporary art using a variety of 19th-century photographic techniques. He balances his interests in photography with forays into sculpture, painting, drawing, and other works on paper.
2012: Beverly Rayner
Cameras have always fascinated Beverly Rayner. She creates mixed-media constructions around photographic imagery, often in a sculptural way, using all kinds of photographic materials, either her own or found.