Artist Andi Steele uses monofilament to create site-specific installations that divide and transform spaces. Subtly lighted, the glowing monofilament creates planar forms that appear to curve and bend, distorting the visual depth. Invited into some spaces, blocked from others, the viewer is encouraged to slow down and interact with what exists and what does not. Steele writes, “Amalgamation is a blending of color and form: singular lines coming together to create a concentrated density; colors overlapping, producing subtle shifts in hue; open spaces contracting, directing movement.”
Steele earned a BFA in graphic design from the University of South Carolina in 1994. She studied papermaking and blacksmithing at Penland School of Crafts, NC, for six years before earning her MFA in sculpture at the University of Georgia in 2004. She is currently associate professor of sculpture at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She exhibits her site-specific installations and large-scale sculptures nationally.
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. Although no longer a couple - they were married for years - the two still share neighboring studios and exhibit together often.
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.