The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Upcoming Exhibitions

2017 Senior Majors Exhibition
May 9–21, 2017
This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2017 majoring in studio art: Natalie Marie Badawy, Suprima Bhele, Laura Carden, Samantha Dozal, Madi Hurley, Maggie Perrin-Key, and Erin M. Leslie. 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.
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2016 Senior Majors Exhibition


Women Working with Clay Symposium Exhibition
May 18 – June 15, 2017
In conjunction with Hollins University's Women Working With Clay Symposium, the Wilson Museum presents an exhibition of work by well-known artists in the world of contemporary ceramics: program director, Donna Polseno; presenters Julia Galloway, Gerit Grimm, Ayumi Horie, Patti Warashina; and featured speaker Lale Dilbaş. This symposium emphasizes the creative process from every level while looking at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.
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Gerit Grimm, Two Spectators Climbing a Tree, 2013. Ceramic. 50 x 18 x 18". Courtesy of the artist.


Annette Polan: Covert Autobiography
June 1 – September 17, 2017
Annette Polan is a renowned portrait painter and retired professor of art at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design, Washington, D.C. The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum will present a solo exhibition of Polan's recent work in conjunction with her 50th Reunion at Hollins University. The unusual combination of media in this series includes sculpture, painting, printmaking, and reliefs. Covert Autobiography explores the aging process, concentrating on a series that "incorporates images of nature to explore issues of gender and age in our culture as well as in [Polan's] own life. It investigates aspects of a single, mature woman who although powerful and confident, can feel disenfranchised, invisible or muffled."
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Annette Polan, Bound Unbound. Archival ink jet on silk, cotton fibers, aluminum, fluorescent lights. 67.5 x 32 x 32". Courtesy of the artist.


DANCE LAB: MFA Dance Thesis Exhibition
June 22 – July 2, 2017
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 Wilson Museum is partnering with Hollins' M.F.A. Dance program to host "Red Wind / Ruah Aduma," a graduate dance thesis project presented by Erika Tsimbrovsky, melding live dance, performance, and visual art.
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photo by Jessica Schaefer


Ethan and Vita Murrow: Drawings from "The Whale"
July 20 – October 8, 2017
In 2016, New England-based artists Ethan and Vita Murrow published their innovative wordless children's book, "The Whale." This exhibition at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum presents the book's 29 original graphite drawings detailing the story of two children pursuing the local legend of a whale in their town harbor. The Murrows write, "We've worked collaboratively since the day we met, on all kinds of art including writing, video, film, drawing, and photography." The Wilson Museum is proud to partner with Hollins University's M.F.A. in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating Program.
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Ethan and Vita Murrow, Boat Crash (detail of illustration for The Whale), c. 2015. Graphite on paper. 18 x 36”. Courtesy of Winston Wachter Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY.



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