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Current Exhibitions

Susan King: Chronicles of a Southern Feminist
January 4 - April 8, 2018

Susan King first encountered artist books in Los Angeles at the Feminist Studio Workshop (later to become the Women’s Building), one of the first independent art schools for women. In the mid-1970s, she became the studio director of the Women’s Graphic Center at the Woman’s Building, working closely with Judy Chicago and other pioneer feminist artists, writers, and activists. In 1975, King established Paradise Press, and for the past 43 years she has been producing her own work and that of other writers/artists.

King chose a quiet, intimate medium to create clever, feminist statements in the form of books, broadsides, and ephemera. Her work draws inspiration from her personal life including childhood memories, family lore, travel, growing up in the South, learning French, fashion in the 1960s, and battling breast cancer. Witty juxtapositions of stories and type portray her thoughtful and wry style, dovetailed with intelligent, innovative design and feminist sensibilities. King has returned to her roots in Kentucky, moving her presses to her home studio where she continues to write, photograph, and create books and ephemera.

susan king, queen

Susan King, The Queen of Wands, 1993. Offset, gold stamping, die-cut tetra tetra flexagon structure. Funded by Women’s Studio Workshop Grant. Courtesy of the artist, Paradise Press, and Women’s Studio Workshop.


January 18 - March 25, 2018

In this exhibition of ten lighted sculptures and the original prints that inspired them, Roanoke art collector James W. Hyams pays homage to artists whom he considers “bright lights” in the art world. Hyams writes, "What you will find in this exhibition are a series of sculptures that were designed to honor and have a bit of fun with a few of my favorite artists." These include Christo, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ettore Sottsass. This exhibit reveals the power and impact of living with art.

james w. hyams, oldenburg

James W. Hyams, Bright Lights: Claes Oldenburg, 2017. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.


Zanele Muholi
2018 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
February 8 - April 22, 2018

Artist/Visual Activist Zanele Muholi’s development as a photographer is deeply intertwined with her advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community in South Africa and worldwide. After Muholi co-founded the Forum for the Empowerment of Women in 2002, she enrolled in the Advanced Programme in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, South Africa. In 2009, Muholi earned her MFA in documentary media from Ryerson University in Toronto. Muholi has earned numerous awards, most recently and most notably France’s Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) for 2017, which recognizes those who have “distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation or for the contribution they have made to art and literature in France and the world.” Her work has been exhibited internationally. She is represented in the United States by Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

The Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year.  During their time at Hollins, the Artist-in-Residence is a vital part of the campus and greater Roanoke community.
zanele muholi

Zanele Muholi, Lumka Stemela Nyanga, East Cape Town, 2011. Gelatin silver print. © Zanele Muholi, courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson, New York, and Stevenson Cape Town/ Johannesburg


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