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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Current Exhibitions

Christian Benefiel:
sculpture in an otherwise empty space
October 4 – December 16, 2018

Made of interwoven pieces of wood, Christian Benefiel’s large-scale sculptures are both aesthetically pleasing and philosophical in nature. These three works all feature holes and allude to targets, tunnels, or vessels. The holes are also representative of depression and loss. No nails, bolts, or glue are used to construct the works. Instead, they are held together with tension, relying on stress and force, balance, and other basic elements of physics. Inspired by the systematic structures in which culture, interpersonal relationships, and civilization are based, the works explore the notion of order in chaos, and become metaphors for the interconnectedness and fragility of society. Benefiel notes, “The way in which materials, people and elements interact, react and depend on one another is the string that ties my work together.” Students at Hollins University assisted the artist with the installation of these works. View a time lapse video of installation here.

Benefiel is Associate Professor of Sculpture at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and is represented in collections and public installations throughout the United States. He has received numerous awards including the Roth Endowment Award, William J. Fulbright Post Graduate Research Grant, and the Hamiltonian Fellowship. Benefiel has held artist residencies in the United States and abroad. The artist lives and works in western Maryland. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.


Christian Benefiel, Opportunity, Obstacle and Ordeal, 2016. Natural materials.


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