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.
This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2016 majoring in studio art: Georgina Alice, ASH, Gabrielle Heard, Rebecca L. Johnson, Cheyenne Lee, Anna Robertson, MaKayla Songer, Shannon Nicole Ulmer, and Ashley Woodward. 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.
Using selected works from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum’s permanent collection, student curators put theory into practice in this exhibition - the culmination of the spring class titled, “Behind the Scenes: Principles and Practice.”
As part of the class, students collaborate and share responsibilities for conceptualizing, researching, designing, interpreting, and installing a cohesive exhibition. Participants bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to the class, pursuing various disciplines including art history, mathematics, and studio art.Co-instructors areDr. Kathleen Nolan, Professor of Art History and Jenine Culligan, Director, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.
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; presenters Syd Carpenter, Michelle Erickson, Liz Quackenbush, and Tara Wilson; and featured speaker Silvie Granatelli. 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 a wide variety of art disciplines and fostering creativity and collaboration across the Hollins campus and in the region. 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; melding live dance, performance, and visual art.
Mariah Steele will present The Memory Closet June 9-19 and Jessica Fox will show Invitation In... June 23 - July 3, 2016.
Work by Illustrators and Instructors
Featured will be original artwork by instructors teaching in the summer 2016 M.F.A. children’s book illustration program at Hollins University. Included will be illustrations from Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson, The Canyon by Ashley Wolff, The Prince’s Diary by Elizabeth Dulemba, Minna’s Patchwork Coat by Lauren Mills, and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by Mark Braught. Additionally, this summer’s writers –in-residence, Cece Bell, Newberry Honor winning author of the graphic novel El Deafo and Tom Angleberger, creator of the bestselling Origami Yoda series will have work in the exhibition.
The elements of art (space, shape, line, color, form, and texture) are the building blocks artists use to create a work of art. Using strong examples from the Wilson Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibit focuses on two elements, line and color, to portray the numerous styles achieved by a variety of artists.
This selection of works from the permanent collection is presented under a theme not necessarily intended by the artists. This small grouping presents an opportunity to think about some of the most common phobias including pyrophobia (fear of fire), acrophobia (fear of heights), and claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) – transferring the meaning/intent of the work of art, but also offering a chance for the viewer to redirect feelings towards an object. All in all, it is a chance to think about how we view artworks, how they speak to us, and what we in turn project onto them. In other words, we all bring our life experiences, including our “baggage” with us wherever we go – even when we look at art.
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.
Maria Sibylla Merian (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.
Contemporary Artists Look at Race and Ethnic Identity
This exhibit consists of prints, drawings, and photographs created by contemporary artists of color who re-examine and reinterpret the prevailing cultural history of the Americas. Artists represented include Carrie Mae Weems, Willie Cole, Kara Walker, Deborah Muirhead-Dancy, Enrique Chagoya, Roger Shimomura, and Kay Walkingstick. Works are loaned from private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.