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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

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

Along with the crisp cool mornings, changing leaves, and students settling into their classes comes exhibition changes and new ways of looking. Seeds from the East: The Korean Adoptee Portrait Project presents 26 works by Blue Ridge, Virginia-based artist A.D. Herzel. This powerful body of work created over the last three years explores transracial adoption and its effects on 13 Korean adoptees. Herzel offers her art as a way to help process grief and trauma, as well as to join the larger conversation about identity, place, and belonging. Our other two exhibition offerings explore works from our permanent collection. (DE)CONSTRUCTING: Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection was organized by Kyra Schmidt, Visitor Services and Programs Coordinator and museum intern Madeleine Etheridge, Hollins class of 2023. From figurative studies and intimate self-portraiture to fictional narratives, the exhibition offers a survey of multiple media and artistic strategies that span from abstract expressionism to contemporary photography. Renewing Threads: Tapestries and the Art of Textile Conservation features two newly conserved 16th and 17th century tapestries with photo documentation of their detailed conservation treatment and new research on the tapestries’ makers and provenance. These tapestries were purchased in 1950 and hung for many years in the Hollins Little Theatre.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is one of 700 academic museums across the United States. We are situated on the campus of Hollins University, located on the edge of Roanoke and Botetourt counties, and we are committed to our public both on and off campus. We strive to offer educational and provocative exhibits that contribute to the arts community in the Roanoke Valley and beyond. We’re open Tuesday - Sunday 12-5 pm, with extended hours Thursday evenings until 8 pm, and admission is ALWAYS free. We ask that you offer proof of vaccination and wear a mask while visiting. We hope to see you soon!


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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