This selection of works from the permanent collection is presented under a theme not necessarily intended by the artists. This small grouping presents an opportunity to think about some of the most common phobias including pyrophobia (fear of fire), acrophobia (fear of heights), and claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) – transferring the meaning/intent of the work of art, but also offering a chance for the viewer to redirect feelings towards an object. All in all, it is a chance to think about how we view artworks, how they speak to us, and what we in turn project onto them. In other words, we all bring our life experiences, including our “baggage” with us wherever we go – even when we look at art.
Work by Illustrators and Instructors
Featured will be original artwork by instructors teaching in the summer 2016 M.F.A. children’s book illustration program at Hollins University. Included will be illustrations from Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson, The Canyon by Ashley Wolff, The Prince’s Diary by Elizabeth Dulemba, Minna’s Patchwork Coat by Lauren Mills, and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by Mark Braught. Additionally, this summer’s writers –in-residence, Cece Bell, Newberry Honor winning author of the graphic novel El Deafo and Tom Angleberger, creator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series will have work in the exhibition.