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2014 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
In his large-scale paintings, Ben Grasso explodes trees and houses into their constituent parts; the resulting images, caught in mid-transformation, float in a space charged with kinetic energy and chaos. Grasso holds an M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College, New York, and a B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Art. A recipient of a 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship, Grasso has exhibited widely across the United States and Europe.
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, the artist-in-residence plays a vital role in the campus and greater Roanoke community.
In a subtle language of line, color, image and arrangement, Kris Iden creates delicately nuanced work. Her prints and mixed media drawings that explore themes of identity and place are read like visual poems. Iden has exhibited throughout Virginia and internationally. A recipient of the VMFA artist fellowship, she is also a former residency fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Denkmalschmiede Höfgen, Germany. Iden earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Landscaped! features paintings and works on paper from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum's collection. Contrasting tightly rendered natural vistas with dramatically colorful abstraction, this exhibition explores the range of artistic interpretations of the natural world. Including Sondra Freckleton's detailed lithograph Garden Landscape, Claire Van Vliet's etching Above in Sun and Wind, and the color field study of Mark Woodie's Springtime, the Wilson Museum is pleased to showcase many of these works for the first time.