The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Upcoming Exhibitions

DANCE LAB: MFA Dance Thesis Exhibitions
June 9 – July 3, 2016

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.

Mariah Steele

Mariah Steele, The Memory Closet, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.


Transference: Phobias and Fears
June 23 – September 4, 2016

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.

Kate C. Anderson

Kate C. Anderson, Entropy II, 2007. Oil on linen. Museum purchase. 2007.004.002.


Visual Stories - Real and Imagined:
Work by Illustrators and Instructors
June 27 – August 14, 2016

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.

Lauren Mills

Lauren Mills, Cover for Minna’s Patchwork Coat. Oil on canvas, 20 x 15”. Courtesy of the artist.



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