The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum’s permanent and teaching collections include artwork in a wide variety of styles and media. This exhibition features holdings acquired in 2012-2014, including large-scale prints by Andy Warhol, a delicate egg tempera painting by Roanoke-based artist Susan Jamison, a portfolio of prints based on online source material, and a painting by Garo Antreasian given by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. We are pleased to share the museum’s growing collection with the community.
Power and Restraint: a Feminist Perspective on Mormon Sisterhood
Roanoke artist Page Turner collects items of deep personal meaning to painstakingly create delicate objects that honor the feminine, and the desires, experiences, and roles of women. Raised as a devout Mormon, she looks to the Church and its complex history as inspiration. Her works are informed by the traditional hand-working skills that have been passed down through the generations. In this body of work, Turner explores the divide between righteousness within the faith and women’s personal power; with deep reverence, she pays homage to the original pioneer women of the Mormon Church, as well as the contemporary sisterhood.Turner has exhibited widely in the Roanoke area, in Washington, DC, and in Los Angeles as part of the group exhibition Oneira: I Dream the Self. She was the cover artist for Exponent II - Publishing the Experiences of Mormon Women since 1974, and has been featured in multiple issues of Studio Visit Magazine, blogs and other media.
2015 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
In this exhibition, Lisa Bulawsky explores the idea of the integral accident, a concept that relates to the unintentional marks created during the printmaking process, but also to the inevitable catastrophes of world events. Using newsprint backing paper collected from her studio practice since 2001, Bulawsky creates a massive grid of accidental events – hollow squares, ghost prints, and dynamic, eruptive marks. Nearby, voices and music emanate from a speaker in a hollow square of benches, a formation used in the American singing tradition of Sacred Harp. Editions of a hand-printed book filled with arresting news images and text explore the intersection of personal and public histories.
Lisa Bulawsky is the 2015 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence at Hollins University. She is an associate professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is the director of Island Press.
This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2015 majoring in studio art: Catherine Gural, Kyrianne Lorenz, and Rose Wyatt. 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.
In conjunction with Hollins University’s Women Working With Clay Symposium, the Wilson Museum presents an exhibition of work by the program’s director, Donna Polseno, and presenters Linda Christianson, Cristina Córdova, and Shoko Teruyama. This symposium emphasizes the creative process from every level. At the same time, it looks at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.
The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is committed to serving the arts and fostering creativity and collaboration across the Hollins campus. In response to the shifting paradigm of art making, the museum is partnering with Hollins’ M.F.A. in dance program to host a series of graduate dance theses in our Main Gallery. As the dancers enter into dialogue with the history of museums as archival spaces, museums acknowledge the melding of live dance and visual or performance art. Please check our Facebook page for updates on performance dates and times.
One of the founders of the pattern and decoration movement in painting, Robert Kushner combines organic elements with abstracted geometric forms to create works that celebrate surface. He draws from a broad spectrum of artistic and historical movements: fabric design, fashion, and couture; oriental rugs, kimono patterns, and Japanese screen painting; Renaissance masques, symbolist music, and opera. While Western artists throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries found inspiration in Islamic and Far Eastern cultures, Kushner rejected the concepts of “exoticism” and “primitivism” often cited in those societies in contrast with European styles. Instead, he responded to the long-standing sophistication of Eastern knowledge, innovation, and spirituality.
The paintings on display in this exhibition span nearly a decade of work: Huntington Library Cactus Garden II, 2014; Chrysanthemum and Sunflower, 2010; and Spring Scatter Summation, 2005. A painting by Kushner in the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum’s collection, also titled Sunflower, dates to the early 1990s and is on display in the Resource Room. Representations of flowers have long been of interest to the artist; his work segues effortlessly from glittery, overblown blooms on canvas to modest depictions on antique book pages. Kushner has said, “I never get tired of pursuing new ideas in the realm of ornamentation… Decoration has always had its own agenda, the sincere and unabashed offering of pleasure and solace.”
The paintings in this exhibition are on loan from DC Moore Gallery, New York.
This exhibit features sixteen original illustrations created for five children’s books written by local educator and beloved author Nancy Ruth Patterson. These charmingly detailed paintings and drawings, created by the artists Leslie Bowman, Karen A. Jerome, Patty Weise, and Thomas F. Yezerski, visually interpret Patterson’s stories. Collected by Patterson through purchase or gift, these works are a recent bequest to the Museum’s permanent collection.
Patterson began writing children’s books after she retired from teaching in the Roanoke City Schools (1966-1999). She is a faculty member of the graduate program in children’s literature at Hollins University, has spoken at more than 500 national conferences and workshops, and has written numerous articles on the craft of writing. Her books have been honored on master reading lists in ten states, and three have been adapted for stage. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Hollins MFA and MA programs in Children’s Literature and Children’s Book Writing and Illustration.
Mythologies: Paintings 1995-2015
Scott Noel is a prolific painter of cityscapes, still lifes, portraits, figures and elaborate mythological constructions. This exhibit at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University presents Noel’s large-scale classically inspired works. Noel paints exclusively from direct observation. In his contemporary retellings of Greek and Roman history and myth, he locates his Arcadia in his studio in Manayunk, a suburb of Philadelphia. His models are local artists, students, family members and friends who play out relationships codified in thousands of years of verse and pictorial history.
Scott Noel is an Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This exhibition is curated by Elise Schweitzer, Assistant Professor of Art, Hollins University, who is a former student of Scott Noel, and a contributing essayist to the accompanying catalogue.
The histories of books and printmaking are intertwined; print processes have been used for illustrations and diagrams within books beginning in the first century AD and continue today. This exhibition, however, looks at the reverse relationship and shares the work of artists who create prints inspired by the book form and often the words within. Exhibition curator Jennifer D. Anderson writes, "Many contemporary print artists have produced innovative work that focuses on the relationship between image and text as well as our evolving relationship with the codex and printed forms."The artists in this exhibition deconstruct books, focus on their contents, and create new constructs of meaning. Nancy Jo Haselbacher's haunting installation shares the notes and ephemera readers place within library books. Jason Urban has described his art as operating "in the hazy area between art and design." Urban creates installations of gradient colored relief prints, ready to be read like the daily newspaper. Justin Quinn's prints are based on the number of vowels or words on a single page of Melville's Moby Dick. Similarly, Joseph Lupo works with the formal aspects of Iron Man comics and painstakingly removes figures and text producing an abstract image that hints at interaction and narrative. Lesley Dill has spent her career making evocative prints inspired by the language of Emily Dickinson's poetry.