2016 Juried Exhibition
The exhibition is in conjunction with the 73rd annual SECAC meeting, jointly hosted by the City of Roanoke, Virginia Tech, and Hollins. Forty-one contemporary artists and educators display 58 large- and small-scale works, including video, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, prints, and more.
Merian (Dutch, b. Germany, 1647-1717) led a fascinating life of travel and scientific pursuits, making important contributions to botany, entomology, and what we now call the field of ecology. By the time she was 32, she had published The Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars. At age 52, she traveled to the northwest coast of South America, to Surinam, then a Dutch colony, where she spent two years observing, collecting, recording, and documenting plants and the life cycles of the exotic insects of that country. The result was Metamorphoses insectorium Surinamensium, a lavish folio edition featuring 60 beautifully hand-colored copperplate engravings. This exhibition presents 10 of her works, all of which have been loaned by Arader Galleries, New York and Philadelphia.
Contemporary Artists Look at Race and Ethnic Identity
This exhibit consists of prints, drawings, and photographs created by contemporary artists of color who use their work to re-examine difficult events in the history of the Americas. Artists represented include Carrie Mae Weems, Willie Cole, Kara Walker, Deborah Muirhead-Dancy, Enrique Chagoya, Roger Shimomura, and Kay Walkingstick. Works are loaned from private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.