2024 Exhibitions

John Ballator

Learning to Look: An Artist’s Perspective

January 18 – March 17, 2024

This exhibition is curated by Alejandre Favela, Hollins University class of 2024 and the museum’s summer 2023 intern sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association. During Favela’s time at the museum, he gained a number of skills, including learning the basics of handling works of art and researching printing techniques. As part of the internship, Favela studied works in the museum’s print collection in order to propose and curate this exhibition, which juxtaposes prints in unexpected and thought-provoking pairs. He writes, “The purpose of pairing these works based on visual similarities is to teach audiences how to look at art from an artist’s perspective… It is my goal to make art approachable, and I hope that this exhibition helps everyone in learning to look.”

IMAGE: John Ballator, Oregon Landscape, 1950. Screenprint. Gift of the artist. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, 2009.011.

April Anue Shipp

African-American Quilts from the Collection of Carolyn Mazloomi

February 1 – April 14, 2024

Collector, scholar, and maker Carolyn Mazloomi sought work by artists with powerful voices as she built her collection. Quilts, especially those with a narrative element, have been a particularly vital tool that Black makers use to illustrate Black history. These artists portray a variety of Black experiences, some celebrating the achievements of artists, poets, and adventurers, and others protesting the pervasive and harmful racism directed towards people of color in American society. A selection of twenty-four contemporary quilts are presented in this vibrant and inspiring exhibition. Quilts provided from the collection of Carolyn L. Mazloomi.

Ying Li

2024 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence Ying Li: Blossoms in a Sudden Strangeness III

February 1 – April 14, 2024

Ying Li is known for her thickly-painted, abstract plein air paintings created in beautiful outdoor gardens, landscapes, and urbanscape settings around the world and across the United States. She has taught at Haverford College since 1997 and is currently the Phlyssa Koshland Professor of Fine Arts. In March of 2020, the busyness of our human lives began to grind to a halt, with classes, exhibits, and concerts cancelled. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Li created these colorful paintings while living on the Haverford campus.

The Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year. In residence during the spring semester, the Artist-in-Residence creates work in a campus studio and teaches a seminar open to all students.

Ron Boehmer Tinker Mountain

Live, Laugh, Levavi Oculos: Celebrating a Community Through Time

April 4 – 21, 2024

Using selected works from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum’s permanent collection and the archives at the Wyndham Robertson Library, student curators put theory into practice in this exhibition which is the culmination of the spring class, “Behind the Scenes at the Museum.” As part of the class, students collaborate and share responsibility for conceptualizing, researching, designing, interpreting, and installing a cohesive exhibition. Participants bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to the class, pursuing various disciplines. Co-instructors are Stephanie Gibson, Professor of Art History, and Jenine Culligan, Director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.

The student curators explain, “We, as Hollins students, live and laugh together over the years, recalling past and present visualizations of our surroundings. This exhibit embodies the idea of Levavi Oculos  to lift thine eyes to the views around us.”

2024 senior studio art majors

2024 Senior Majors Exhibition

May 2-19, 2024

This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2024 majoring in studio art: Jamie (Caroline) Collins, Katrina Dodge, Amanda T. Dowd, Lex Eakle, A. Carol Ennis, Alejandre R.V. Favela, Fiona Grannan, Jazmyn Long, Mary Marshall Martin, Raine E. Matos, Gabriella Marie S. Pedicone, SG Pratt, Ryn A. Ruiz, Priscila Santiago Hernandez, Althea T. Slattery, Seaira C. Siv, Regan Tate, and Finn Webster. 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.

2024 ceramics post-baccalaureate program

2024 Ceramics Post-Baccalaureate Exhibition

May 2-19, 2024

This exhibition features the work of the inaugural members of the Hollins University Ceramics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program: Beth Moody and Tara Wolfe.

Dance Lab: Melissa Miller

June 13-30, 2024

Each summer, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum partners with the Hollins University M.F.A. Dance program to host selected student graduate dance thesis presentations in the Main Gallery, melding live dance, performance, and visual art. This summer, the museum presents the work of one graduating student. Melissa Miller is an artist working in movement, writing, and installation based in St Louis, Missouri. Holy Body / Monstrous Body: The Life and Practices of Saint Catherine of Siena is the story of a body caught in the cross hairs of religious dogma, male dominance, and violent misogyny and the ways in which that body behaved and succumbed.