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2010

Fiona Ross: Walking Parallels to Terminus
January 7 - 30, 2010

Location: Main Gallery and Wetherill Wilson Gallery
Opening lecture: January 7, 6 p.m., reception to follow.

Through a site-specific wall drawing and a series of works on paper rendered from one single (unicursal) line created with sumi ink and watercolor pens, artist Fiona Ross interprets the concept of "threading"- a meditative journey one would take walking in a complex labyrinth. The resulting work navigates the artist’s journey through intricate pathways that are self referential as well as culminating in fantastical landmasses filled with hidden surprises. Walking the Parallels to Terminus marks the first major wall mural project for the Museum. Ross received her B.A. and M.S.T. from Fordham University, NY, and her M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of Markel Corporation and Wachovia Securities. View Ross's blog page.

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Fiona Ross, Self-Portrait #1
Fiona Ross, Self-Portrait #1, 2009. Sumi ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum: a Progressive Student-Curated Exhibition
January 7 - 30, 2010

Location: Ballator-Thompson Gallery

This exhibition features the work selected by student curators of Hollins University’s Short Term class "Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Principles and Practice of Curatorship within Contemporary Art" co-taught by Amy Moorefield, museum director and Johanna R. Epstein, assistant professor of art history. Students will look at a variety of artistic forms and gain valuable hands-on experience and present a bi-weekly progressive exhibition using the museum’s collection as inspiration.

Johann Georg Hinz, Kleinodienschrank
Johann Georg Hinz, Kleinodienschrank. Oil on panel. Courtesy of its owners.
When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans
February 11 - April 17, 2010

Location: Main Gallery and Ballator-Thompson Gallery

Featuring an often-unseen side of war, this exhibition combines interviews and photographs to tell the stories of women in modern combat. Artist Sascha Pflaeging and writer Laura Browder join forces to present an unexpected view of war; while still a minority group, women account for over 180,000 American soldiers and veterans. Exploring myths and pop culture ideas, this exhibition provides an honest look at the military, motherhood, and femininity. This exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible by generous grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University. This exhibition and the accompanying publication were made possible by generous grants from the Virginia Foundation for the humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University. The exhibition was organized by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Its tour is administered by the Anderson Gallery, VCU School of the Arts, with additional support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Click here to read an article from The Virginia Quarterly Review.

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When Janey Comes Marching Home
Sascha Pflaeging, Staff Sergeant Connica McFadden, U.S. Army, 2008. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist.
Stanley Lewis: 2010 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
February 11 - April 17, 2010

Location: Wetherill Wilson Gallery

Painter Stanley Lewis creates stunningly beautiful works referencing urban landscape and intimate interior environments. The exhibition will feature his detailed paintings as well as works on paper. Lewis received a Guggenheim Award in Painting in 2005 as well as the Andrew Mellon Faculty Enrichment Grant, UICA Faculty Grant, and a Danforth Fellow for study in Art and Architecture. Art critic Lance Esplund praises Lewis: “Through exactitude and spatial harmony, his paintings and drawings not only celebrate the things of this world, they rejoice in the act of looking—and of living.”

The Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year. In residence during the spring semester, the artist teaches and works with students and faculty.

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Stanley Lewis
Senior Majors Exhibition
May 11 - June 12, 2010

Location: Main Gallery and Ballator-Thompson Gallery
Campus preview reception: Tuesday, May 11
Family reception: Saturday, May 22

This exhibition features the work of the members of the class of 2010 majoring in studio art and film & photography. Join us at the campus preview reception to congratulate these hardworking students. The family reception at the conclusion of the show is a celebration for parents and relatives who are on campus for Commencement.

Senior majors exhibition
Senior Majors Exhibition postcard, 2009.
Reunion 2010: Eleanor Delaney “Siddy” Wilson ’30
May 11 - June 12, 2010

Location: Wetherill Wilson Gallery

An annual exhibition focusing on a notable alumna in the visual arts, Reunion 2010 features the work of Eleanor D. "Siddy" Wilson ’30. This museum, named in her honor, is the culmination of her philanthropic generosity and benefits both the Hollins and greater Roanoke communities. Eleanor Delaney "Siddy" Wilson graduated from Hollins with a degree in chemistry in 1930. She went on to become an accomplished actress on Broadway and to receive a Tony nomination. She directed plays, performed with the USO, and worked in television and movies. She pursued her interest in art by studying with Margaret Stark and Rafael Soyer in New York City. Siddy's desire was that her beloved Hollins have a world-class art museum. The exhibition features selection from a recent gift by executors of her estate of artwork and archival documents, including photographs, journals, and writings.

Eleanor D. "Siddy" Wilson
Courtesy of the Eleanor D. Wilson archive.
The Fleeting Glimpse: Selections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

September 16 - December 4, 2010

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will present The Fleeting Glimpse: Selections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, opening on Thursday, September 16. It will feature the work of 28 artists using the medium of photography to transform common-found occurrences in nature and humanity into unusual encounters and strange juxtapositions. This exhibit is the first major focus on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)'s renowned photography collection, and is co-curated by Christine Carr, artist and assistant professor of art at Hollins University, and Wilson Museum Director Amy Moorefield. After its inaugural exhibition at the Wilson Museum, The Fleeting Glimpse will be on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from January 15 through April 3, 2011.

Funding for The Fleeting Glimpse comes in part from the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission as well as support from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Lee Friedlander, Shadow
Lee Friedlander, Shadow – New York City, 1968, Silver Print. John Barton Payne Fund, 74.6.8/15 © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.
Jim Campbell: In the Repose of Memory
September 16 - December 4, 2010

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University and Roanoke College Galleries are pleased to announce the joint exhibition Jim Campbell: In the Repose of Memory, opening on September 16th. Campbell is a pioneering electronic artist whose works have set the standard for art made with technology for over twenty years. He uses technologies developed for information transfer and storage to explore human perception, memory and the ways we measure time.

Artist lecture: September 16, 5:30 p.m., Roanoke College. Reception, 7:00 p.m., Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.

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John Campbell, Home Movie
Jim Campbell, Home Movie 1040-2, 2008, Video installation. Courtesy of the Artist & the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York.
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