Creativity, Faculty, Featured, Museum|September 26, 2011 1:30 pm

Wilson Museum Showcases Nationally-Recognized Artists Jan Knipe, Bill White

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University will present two new exhibitions of works featuring acclaimed artists and Hollins Professors Emeriti Jan Knipe and Bill White from September 29 – December 10.

Based in Radford, Knipe uses both traditional and handmade materials to create drawings that investigate the boundaries of the medium. With muted monochromatic hues, she explores the ambiguity of shape and the relationships between objects while developing narratives around nature and architectural forms.

“Through her facile and expressive handling of her rendering tools, she transforms perceptions of her external environment into translations that hover between the real and the abstract,” says Wilson Museum Director Amy Moorefield. “The results are both sophisticated and beautiful.”

Knipe taught at Hollins from 1987-2009. She has exhibited nationally at the Hackett/Freedman Gallery in San Francisco, the Bowery Gallery in New York City, and the Hermitage Foundation Museum in Norfolk, among others. Her works are in many public and private collections, including the Weisman Museum of Art in Minneapolis, the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

As part of this solo exhibition, Knipe will talk about her art on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center’s Niederer Auditorium.

From his studio in Troutville to the streets of Paris, White explores interior and exterior landscapes. Form and color merge to delineate furniture, plants, windows, balconies, and bridges. His feeling for each scene provides the viewer with a sense of familiarity; his brushstrokes imbue his work with a sense of intimacy.

“Bill White is a consummate artist whose paintings imply monumentality, regardless of their actual size,” Moorefield notes. “It’s all about the studio coupled with the plein-air experience, the physicality of the paint and the act of painting.”

White taught at Hollins for 39 years. His accolades include Cabell Fellowship and Mellon Foundation grants and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Cite International des Arts. Zeuxis, a national association of still life painters, twice welcomed him as guest artist. His work is in the collections of Indiana University’s Henry Hope Art Museum, Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and many others. He has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries such as the White Canvas Gallery in Richmond and the Thomasville Cultural Center in Thomasville, Georgia.

White will discuss his inspiration and artistic process on Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center’s Niederer Auditorium.

The Wilson Museum is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (540) 362-6532 or visit

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