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Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

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

With students back and spring in the air, we ask you to join the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University for an exciting selection of upcoming exhibitions and programs available in person for our campus audience and online for our public visitors.

In 1997, Hollins University began an artist-in-residence program honoring Frances Niederer, a beloved art history professor who taught at Hollins for almost forty years (1942-1980). This spring, we welcome artist-in-residence Eleanor Ray. Her carefully composed paintings give us glimpses of places we know from the history of art, medieval to contemporary. Geometric structures help frame distant landscapes of big sky and faraway hills and accentuate interior and exterior spaces.

Hollins University associate professor of art Elise Schweitzer crafts a labyrinth of rich color and liminal spaces through her Painted Arches and Walled Gardens. Schweitzer is well known for her large-scale figurative action-filled oil paintings, but her new series shows a conceptual departure that focuses on the play of light, shapes, and color. Her current body of work was created during her fall 2019 - spring 2020 sabbatical, part of which she spent in Italy.

This spring, we are also pleased to open the celebratory exhibition Women Working with Clay: Ten Years of Telling the Story, offering fifty inspiring and disparately amazing works by fifty artists, originally slated for last spring. In May, we will present the premiere showcase of artworks by this year’s graduating Senior Art Majors.

For those of you who walk the perimeter "loop" road on the Hollins campus, take a look in the coming months for a sculpture by artist Matthias Neumann, who uses basic 2 x 4 lumber to create abstract sculptures. This site-specific work will be installed adjacent to the pond near the tennis courts and stay on view for two years as a collaboration between the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum and the Roanoke Arts Commission. Hollins is thrilled to be one of many sites for the RAC’s “Reimagining Roanoke” temporary sculpture exhibition.

A year ago we could not have foreseen how COVID-19 would affect the world. We look forward to the day when we can welcome you back to the EDW Museum without worry. Until then stay safe and visit us online! 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 (hopefully) 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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