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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Upcoming Exhibitions

Somehow I Don't Feel Comfortable
January 17 – April 14, 2019

Installation artist Momoyo Torimitsu pushes the boundaries of viewer comfort and investigates the phenomenon of “cuteness syndrome” with oversized inflatable pink bunny rabbits. The artist writes, “A bunny is one of the stereotyped images of cuteness: an innocent, pure, small something that should be protected… This oversized bunny I created that looks down on you doesn’t seem cute anymore – it’s kind of disturbing.” This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.


Momoyo Torimitsu, Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable, 2000, inflatable nylon balloons, 6.5 x 6.5 x 15.8 feet each. Photo by Kioku Keizo. Courtesy of Misa Shin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable is traveled by Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.



Diane Edison: 2019 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
January 17 – April 28, 2018

Established by an anonymous donor in 1997, the endowed Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows the University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus each academic year. In residence during the spring semester, the visiting artist creates work in a campus studio and teaches an art seminar open to all students.

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Diane Edison, Large Self-Portrait, 1993. Pastel on black paper.



Photographs from the Walter and Sally Rugaber Collection
February 14 - April 28, 2019

From their private art collection, Walter and Sally Rugaber are loaning the Wilson Museum 40 black-and-white original photographs that have become icons of American art. These works provide a visual record of urban and rural American life from the late 19th century through the onset of World War II. Lewis Hine and photographers hired through the Farm Security Administration documented labor conditions and poverty, which resulted in the need for New Deal programs. This exhibit emphasizes the documentation of the American condition and history of photojournalism through the photographs that shaped governmental policy and addressed societal concerns. Featured FSA photographers include Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, Marion Post Wolcott, Russell Lee, and others. Guests will be encouraged to consider landmark events in the 20th and 21st centuries. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.


Lewis Hine, Little Spinner in Globe Cotton Mill, Augusta, Georgia, 1908. Photograph.



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