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Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

Dear guests, patrons, and friends
of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum,

As we reach the end of the Fall semester, and begin to take down and pack the three current exhibits, it's natural to look back on and contemplate 2021. On one hand, it has been another difficult COVID year with limitations on visitors to campus, reservations, continued mask wearing, and proof of vaccines required. On the other hand, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum has presented 13 exhibits and has been full to the brim with beautiful and provocative art: 2021 exhibitions.

Visitors from off-campus were welcomed back on a very limited basis in summer 2021. So again, like last year, we focused on our campus audience of students, faculty, and staff. For the 2021 calendar year, we had 34 class visits, over 1600 in-person visitors, more than 1200 Facebook followers, and 564 Instagram followers. We presented 19 programs to our on-campus audience, and offered some of these events as hybrid -- available off-campus via Zoom. The museum received 45 new acquisitions with works gifted by the following: Jo Sandman, Robert Sulkin, Eleanor Ray, Ann Nelson, and Julia Galloway; the museum also purchased works by Syd Carpenter and Dorothy Gillespie.

Thanks to the generosity of the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum was able to repurpose funds and participate in the city’s Reimagining Roanoke Temporary Sculpture Competition. On the Hollins University loop road near the pond and tennis courts, you will see Matthias Neumann’s sculpture titled Basics #50, pictured above, and created entirely out of 2 x 4s. Other works from the artist’s Basics series can be seen on his website.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is closed for Hollins’ winter break, but we will reopen January 20 with Contemporary Prints: A Decade of New Acquisitions (on view through April 24, 2022); What Photography Is, guest curated by Kyra Schmidt (January 27 - April 24, 2022); and an exhibit of works by Rita Maas, the 2022 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence (February 3 – April 10, 2022).

We wish you all a glorious holiday season and a great start to 2022. Stay safe out there!


The Staff of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Jenine Culligan, Director
Janet Carty, Preparator
Kyra Schmidt, Visitor Services and Program Manager
Laura Jane Ramsburg, Assistant Director

Hollins University
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
Box 9679 : 8009 Fishburn Drive : Roanoke, VA 24020
(540) 362-6532 •
Tues-Sun: 12-5 pm
Thurs: 12-8 pm
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