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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Upcoming Exhibitions

Power and Beauty: Women Artists from the Collection
January 22 – February 10, 2019

In 2005, the inaugural exhibition for the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum featured the powerful work of Carrie Mae Weems and culminated in the acquisition of a photograph from the artist’s Kitchen Table Series. To celebrate the past 15 years of hosting exhibits on the first floor of the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center and to honor museum benefactor Siddy Wilson, the museum presents an exhibition highlighting artwork from the museum’s collection by contemporary women artists.

matika wilbur

Matika Wilbur, Dr. Mary for Project 562, 2014-15. Copper photogravure. Museum purchase, 2018.018.



20th Century Photography from the Rugaber Collection
February 21 - 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.


Marion Post Wolcott, Negro Man Entering Movie Theater to “Colored” Section, Belzoni, Mississippi, 1939. Photograph. Courtesy of Walter and Sally Rugaber. Photo by Kyra Schmidt.



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