This exhibition is in conjunction with the 72nd annual SECAC meeting, jointly hosted by the City of Roanoke, Virginia Tech, and Hollins. Forty contemporary artists and educators display fifty-seven large- and small-scale works, including video, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, prints, and more. The exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.
Merian (Dutch, b. Germany, 1647-1717) led a fascinating life of travel and scientific pursuits, making important contributions to botany, entomology, and what we now call the field of ecology. By the time she was 32, she had published The Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars. At age 52, she traveled to the northwest coast of South America, to Surinam, then a Dutch colony, where she spent two years observing, collecting, recording, and documenting plants and the life cycles of the exotic insects of that country. The result was Metamorphosis insectorium Surinamensium, a lavish folio edition featuring 60 beautifully hand-colored copperplate engravings. This exhibition presents 10 of her works, all of which have been loaned by Arader Galleries, New York and Philadelphia.