The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Current Exhibitions

Downloads: Fall 2014 - Summer 2015 poster (PDF)

Dance Lab in the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
June 8 - July 9, 2015

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is committed to serving the arts and fostering creativity and collaboration across the Hollins campus. In response to the shifting paradigm of art making, the museum is partnering with Hollins’ M.F.A. in dance program to host a series of graduate dance theses in our Main Gallery. As the dancers enter into dialogue with the history of museums as archival spaces, museums acknowledge the melding of live dance and visual or performance art. Please check our Facebook page for updates on performance dates and times.

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Courtesy of Hollins University


Robert Kushner: Pleasure and Solace
June 16 - September 12, 2015

One of the founders of the pattern and decoration movement in painting, Robert Kushner combines organic elements with abstracted geometric forms to create works that celebrate surface. He has said, “I never get tired of pursuing new ideas in the realm of ornamentation… Decoration has always had its own agenda, the sincere and unabashed offering of pleasure and solace.” The paintings in this exhibition are on loan from DC Moore Gallery, New York.

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Robert Kushner, Spring Scatter Summation (detail). Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery.


A Gift of the Heart: Original Children's Book Illustrations from the Collection of Nancy Ruth Patterson
June 22 - September 12, 2015

Local educator and beloved children’s book author Nancy Ruth Patterson has bequeathed the collection of original illustrations from her books to the Eleanor D.
Wilson Museum. The museum will exhibit the illustrations this summer in conjunction with the Hollins MFA and MA programs in Children’s Literature and Children’s Book Writing and Illustration.

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Leslie Bowman, Megan, Nannie, and Boo on Steps from The Christmas Cup. Courtesy of Nancy Ruth Patterson.


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