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Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

Dear guests, patrons, and friends
of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum,

Commencement was held May 19, outdoors and in-person and it was a glorious wrap-up to a strange, and ever-so-challenging academic year. Summer graduate programs will be virtual and therefore the campus (and especially the Visual Arts Center) will be quiet - without the usual bustle of students. The good news is that the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum has reopened to the public! Summer is a great time to visit!

Exciting new exhibitions will be on view, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus. Reserve a time for your visit here. Only ten people will be allowed in the museum at any one time. Masks, social distancing, and extra cleaning will still be the order of the day.

On view at the museum:

Photographer, Hollins alumna from the class of 2014, and longtime Hollins staff member Yulandra Livingston created the WORKERS series in 2013-14. In these sensitive, straight-forward photographs portraying minority business owners in Roanoke, Virginia, Livingston grapples with the question Does the American Dream still exist?

Also on view is a selection of gifts from generous donors over the last five years. These include contemporary prints, sketches and drawings, a painting by the museum’s namesake Eleanor “Siddy” Wilson, works by former art faculty, experimental works using found materials, and many others.

Later this summer, we are also pleased to open DIGNIFIED: Individuals with Alzheimer's and Their Caregivers. Patterson Lawson is a photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. A few years ago he began working with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, thoughtfully inviting people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers into his studio.

For those of you who walk the perimeter "loop" road on the Hollins campus, Matthias Neumann's sculpture Basics #50 is located adjacent to the pond near the tennis courts. This sculpture is part of the Roanoke Arts Commission's. sixth “Art in Roanoke” (AIR) temporary sculpture exhibit titled New Life: Reimagining Roanoke. Most of the sculptures will be on view in Elmwood Park, but the city is also placing sculptures in outlying neighborhoods – the Hollins campus being one of those.

We are delighted to welcome you back to the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum! As always, we will continue to share artwork from our collections and exhibitions with you through our Facebook page and Instagram.

We thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you online or in person soon.


The Staff of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Jenine Culligan, Director
Janet Carty, Preparator
Kyra Schmidt, Visitor Services and Program Manager
Laura Jane Ramsburg, Assistant Director

Hollins University
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
Box 9679 : 8009 Fishburn Drive : Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6532 •
Tues-Sun: 12-5 pm
Thurs: 12-8 pm
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