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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Current Exhibitions

Four Fur Feet:
A Hollins Collaborative Early Literacy Project
May 31 – September 2, 2018
This exhibition features ten original gouache paintings by Ruth Sanderson along with sketches and a storyboard for the book Four Fur Feet. Sanderson has illustrated over eighty books for children, and her fairytales have received much critical acclaim. She co-directs the MFA in writing and illustrating for children at Hollins University.
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Ruth Sanderson, Four Fur Feet, 2017


Shadra Strickland: Illustrations
June 28 – September 2, 2018

Shadra Strickland studied design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and completed her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliott. Strickland co-illustrated Our Children Can Soar, winner of a 2010 NAACP Image Award. She currently teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, and travels the country conducting workshops and sharing her work with children, teachers, and librarians. This exhibition features illustrations from a selection of Strickland’s award-winning books.

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Shadra Strickland, illustration from Bird, 2008


Eric Fitzpatrick: Southern Culture Series
July 12 – September 23, 2018

Born and raised in Roanoke, artist Eric Fitzpatrick is beloved in Southwest Virginia, known for his paintings of landmark buildings, local hangouts, area musicians, street scenes and area personalities. Fitzpatrick has worked as a full-time professional artist for over 35 years. He earned his BA at Virginia Tech, studied painting at the University of Georgia, and completed two fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work is in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

Fascinated by the way Southerners are taught to view their past, Fitzpatrick turns his characteristic style to exploring those defining stereotypes in his Southern Culture Series. Bordering on caricature, this work exaggerates these stereotypes, forcing the viewer to confront their own (often unconscious) cultural assumptions.

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Eric Fitzpatrick, Flat Footin', 2006, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Mike Wilson, Bohemian Robot Photography.



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