The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Current Exhibitions

SECAC 2016 Juried Exhibition
September 1 – October 22, 2016

This exhibition is in conjunction with the 72nd annual SECAC meeting, jointly hosted by the City of Roanoke, Virginia Tech, and Hollins. Forty contemporary artists and educators display fifty-seven large- and small-scale works, including video, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, prints, and more. The exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

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Bridget M. Kirkland, Penny Candy, 2016. Frozen found glass captured with digital photography. Courtesy of the artist.


Between Art and Science: Maria Sibylla Merian
September 15 – December 11, 2016

Merian (Dutch, b. Germany, 1647-1717) led a fascinating life of travel and scientific pursuits, making important contributions to botany, entomology, and what we now call the field of ecology. By the time she was 32, she had published The Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars. At age 52, she traveled to the northwest coast of South America, to Surinam, then a Dutch colony, where she spent two years observing, collecting, recording, and documenting plants and the life cycles of the exotic insects of that country. The result was Metamorphosis insectorium Surinamensium, a lavish folio edition featuring 60 beautifully hand-colored copperplate engravings. This exhibition presents 10 of her works, all of which have been loaned by Arader Galleries, New York and Philadelphia.

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Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate V from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, 1705. Hand-colored engraving. Courtesy of Arader Galleries.


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