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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,

This spring, we sent out an email saying how much we missed you. It's still true! Unfortunately, it will be a little longer before we can welcome you back into the museum. Hollins University has announced that campus facilities usually available to the wider community will not be available for general use during the fall semester. The museum will only be open to current students, faculty, and staff at Hollins until further notice. As soon as we know that the general public will be welcomed back on campus, we will be back in touch.

Many of the spring, summer and fall exhibitions have been rescheduled for 2021. We will continue to share artwork from our collections (including staff favorites) with you through our Facebook page and Instagram.

Going on in the museum:

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is transforming our Main Gallery into a space to contemplate art, meditate, relax, practice yoga, breathe, or simply be. We will screen Dear Opportunity by Lisa McCarty (August 25 - September 20), Patron Saint by Hollins alum Georden West (September 22 - October 18), and A Decade of Sun by NASA (October 20 - November 20). In the exhibition Expanding Narratives, faculty members from across academic divisions have collaborated with museum staff to select works from the collection that investigate key course concepts and provide extended access to the individual works of art. Participating departments include art history, biology, classics, English, gender and women studies, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and studio art. Students, staff, and faculty who need a creative break can visit our physically distanced interactive space called Together We Can Dream (pictured above with the museum staff) to participate in a large collaborative drawing right on the museum’s walls. They can take inspiration from the artists who have come before them or strike out on their own. Sanitized markers are provided by the museum.

In addition to planning and preparing exhibitions and events, museum staff members have been busy with the inventory of our art collection. We're partnering with Hollins' Wyndham Robertson Library to create a safe online home for our art database-- and we look forward to sharing it with you this fall! In the mean time, take time to peruse the following virtual exhibitions if you didn't see them this spring: Unveiling the Past: Reckoning with Our History of Enslavement at Hollins; Exploring Visual and Conceptual Space: Student Selections from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum; and the 2020 Senior Majors Exhibition.

As always, we thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you online or in person (hopefully) soon.


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

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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