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2018

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.

 

BRIGHT LIGHTS: James W. Hyams
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

 

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Student-Curated Exhibitions

April 26 – May 20, 2018

Using selected works from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum’s permanent collection, student curators put theory into practice in this exhibition which is the culmination of the spring class, “Behind the Scenes: Principles and Practice.” As part of the class, students collaborate and share responsibility for conceptualizing, researching, designing, interpreting, and installing a cohesive exhibition. Participants bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to the class, pursuing various disciplines. Co-instructors are Dr. Genevieve Hendricks, Professor of Art History, and Jenine Culligan, Director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum. The 2018 exhibitions are Familiar Forms: Exploring the Male Gaze in Modern and Contemporary Art and Entering Art: Exploring Works through Shape and Color.

behind the scenes

a peek beind the scenes

 

2018 Senior Majors Exhibition
May 8–20, 2018
This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2018 majoring in studio art: Robin Brewster, Amber Carter, Summer Eary, Brittany Lewis, Amanda Malone, and Ashley-Kate Meador. The exhibition is the final requirement for art students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins, and is the capstone experience of their yearlong senior project.
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2016 Senior Majors Exhibition

 

Women Working with Clay Symposium Exhibtion
April 5 - June 13, 2018

This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Hollins University Women Working with Clay Symposium (which takes place June 11-14, 2018). Works are on display by program director and organizer Donna Polseno; keynote speaker Winnie Owens-Hart; endnote speaker Dara Hartman; and presenters Sunshine Cobb, Rebecca Hutchinson, Eva Kwong, and Deborah Schwartzkopf.

These artists, internationally known in the world of ceramics, bring a wealth of research, knowledge, and a masterly, unique style to the field of ceramics. They create functional pottery, art vessels, and sculpture, inspired by disparate sources including traditional African pottery, Eastern and Western aesthetics, industrial forms, and engineering in nature. By breaking apart and reassembling structures, a number of the artists explore the intersection of art and science, the relationship between light and shadow, and the liminal space between the imagined and the real.

For more information on the symposium, visit hollins.edu.

women working with clay

Linda Christianson presents at WWWC 2017

 

DANCE LAB: MFA Dance Thesis Exhibitions
June 7-17 and June 21 – July 1, 2018

Each summer, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum partners with the Hollins University M.F.A. Dance program to host selected student graduate dance thesis presentations in the Main Gallery, melding live dance, performance, and visual art. This summer the Museum will present L Taylor Ashton’s Ataba, (June 7-17), and Erica De La O’s ellesig (June 21-July 1).

dance lab

photo courtesy of Hollins University

 

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