Montages by Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor
Artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor both construct montaged works of art out of collected images or objects, yet the creative journey each employs are very divergent paths. Uelsmann is a pioneer in the world of photographic image manipulation. Since the 1950s he has been assembling multiple silver-halide negatives and working with multiple enlargers to create haunting, highly improbable realities that connect with the viewer on a subconscious level. Taylor, on the other hand, has embraced new digital technology and software to create dreamlike, fantastical imagery using what she calls her “menagerie of found objects” along with photos she has taken and vintage photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Seen alongside each other, their works share some symbolism and attributes, especially images of water, boats, and houses, yet the difference in feel between the black and white work of Uelsmann and the color-filled work of Taylor is distinct.
2016 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence Tip Toland creates startlingly lifelike ceramic sculptural portraits. Toland explains that her work explores “the inner state of the human condition… the truth of what it is to be human without the veneer.” Toland earned her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado and her M.F.A. from Montana State University. In 2014 she was the recipient of the US Artists Wingate Fellow Grant. She has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and the Artist Trust of Seattle, WA. Her sculptures are in public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and the Crocker Art Museum, CA. Toland is a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in the Seattle, Washington region, and conducts workshops across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.
The Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year. While in residence, the artist creates work in a campus studio and teaches an art seminar open to all students. During their time at Hollins University, the Artist-in-Residence is a vital part of the campus and greater Roanoke community.
Paean to a Vanishing Resource
Water is the world’s most crucial commodity and the basis for all earthly life. Its preservation and protection may be our greatest environmental challenge. The global water crisis affects everyone, from those lacking enough to those experiencing uncontrollable floods that wipe away homes and land and wildlife. Water, Water, Everywhere comprises 30-second to 30-minute films from forty-five artists worldwide exploring water issues from the political to the personal and from ethics to aesthetics. Film formats and delivery are wide ranging and include documentary, experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated, and acted.
Water, Water, Everywhere is traveling to arts, educational, environmental, science, and other organizations and institutions across the U.S., and is designed as a platform for discussion. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue which features a foreword by Global Water Partnership founder, Ismail Serageldin, an essay by Betsy Damon, Founder and Director of Keeper of the Waters, and an introduction by exhibition Curator Jennifer Heath.
Generous support for Water, Water Everywhere provided by Compton Foundation, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Puffin Foundation, Ltd., J. Gluckstern, Shireen Malik, Jack Collom, Lucy R. Lippard, Valerie Behiery, Felicia Furman, Rickie Solinger, Katie Hyzy, Claudia Borgna, Kathy Maria Marsh, Sarah C. Bell, Heather Sarbaugh, and Marda Kirn.