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Current Exhibitions

Mary Jane Begin: Mapping the Imagination
June 28 - September 8, 2019

Each summer, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum collaborates with the Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating M.F.A. program at Hollins University, presenting exhibitions by summer faculty and visiting artists. Illustration professor Mary Jane Begin’s exhibit, Mapping the Imagination, deconstructs the creative process and shares the development of two book projects: Revolution and Ping Meets Pang. Begin is a professor in the illustration department at the Rhode Island School of Design and an award-winning children's book illustrator and author. Her latest picture books include My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea and The Dragons on Dazzle Island, published in collaboration with Hasbro. The artist’s select advertising clients include Hasbro, Celestial Seasonings, Mead Johnson, and Disney. Begin’s work has been exhibited throughout the country, with one-woman shows at Books of Wonder Gallery in New York, NY and Beverly Hills, CA, and the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, RI.

ping meets pang

Mary Jane Begin, Ping Meets Pang, 2019. Illustration.


Ben Hatke: Nobody Likes a Goblin
July 11 - September 15, 2019

Ben Hatke is an author, illustrator, and graphic novelist nationally known for his New York Times bestseller Zita the Spacegirl. He has also written and illustrated the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack, and the picture books Julia’s House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin. In the delightful and charming children’s book Nobody Likes a Goblin, Hatke tackles expectations and prejudice. This exhibit presents 40 original watercolors from the book and allows viewers of all ages to walk through the story with Goblin, from his happy life in the dungeon shared with rats and his best friend Skeleton, to his journey out into the world after adventurers kidnap Skeleton and steal everything they own. Hatke currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and five daughters.

This exhibition and related programs are sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.

nobody likes a goblin

Ben Hatke, illustration from Nobody Likes a Goblin, 2016. Watercolor and ink.


Power, Beauty, and Justice: A Selection of Contemporary Women Artists from the Collection
July 25 - September 8, 2019

Power, Beauty, and Justice presents a selection of work by contemporary women artists from the permanent collection. Arranged by medium, this exhibit encourages guests to explore the combined visual effects of concept, process, and subject matter. The active process of art making can be intricate and beautiful in a traditional sense such as Reni Gower’s and Lauren Scanlon’s carefully cut paper designs or meditative, repetitive, and formally complex as in Jennifer Printz’s and Alison Hall’s markmaking. Or it can be bold and powerful using non-traditional methods such as shooting bullets into a large-scale painted metal surface such as in the work of Margaret Evangeline.

Many of the artists in the exhibit have focused on using their artwork to explore, witness, and raise awareness of issues of identity, gender, race, environmental concerns, animal and human rights, and social justice. Together, they give us a unique vision of their inner and outer worlds, with beautiful comments on and powerful reactions to contemporary life.

zanele muholi hollins

Zanele Muholi, Nomali I Roanoke, Virginia, 2018. Silver gelatin print. Museum purchase, 2019.008.


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