The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum


May and June bring closure to an academic and fiscal year full of celebrations. The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum hosted a number of exhibitions in conjunction with these including Hollins' 175th Anniversary (shared with Roanoke College), presenting Views of Tinker Mountain by Ron Boehmer and Screen Swap. We also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Frances J. Niederer Artist-in-Residence program with an exhibition of works by the 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Susan Lichtman, accompanied by a catalogue. The museum celebrated and promoted regional artists with the aforementioned Lynchburg-based artist Ron Boehmer, as well as a powerful body of work by Lexington-based artist Lenny Lyons Bruno titled Coal Camp Series. We also celebrated the museum's largest gift to date, a donation by the Blair family of over 400 sketches, prints, and paintings by French modernist (with Virginia ties) Jean Hélion in an exhibit titled Hélion Highlights: Selections from the Blair Family Gift.

Beginning with the May 9 opening reception from 6-8 pm, we celebrate the seven senior majors who will graduate this year in studio art. The exhibit features painting, drawing, ceramics, and mixed media work, all created as part of each student's yearlong capstone project, and will be on display through May 21.

Again this year we help celebrate women artists and partner with the Women Working with Clay Symposium, now in its seventh year. The exhibition will feature work by the symposium organizer, and Hollins University Professor of Ceramics, Donna Polseno; the keynote speaker Lale Dilbas; and the four presenting ceramists: Julia Galloway, Gerit Grimm, Ayumi Horie, and Patti Warashina.

In June we will feature the artwork of Annette Polan who, along with the rest of the Hollins class of 1967, celebrates their 50th anniversary of graduating from Hollins. Polan is a renowned portrait painter and Professor Emerita at the Corcoran School of Art, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She will present Covert Autobiography, a body of work which explores a woman's perspective of the aging process through a series of self-portraits.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum and presenting exhibitions that continue to celebrate the art spirit that is alive on the campus of Hollins University.

Jenine Culligan, Director

Hollins University
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
Box 9679 : 8009 Fishburn Drive : Roanoke, VA 24020
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Tues-Sun: 12-5 pm
Thurs: 12-8 pm
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