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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Current Exhibitions

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum will be
open by appointment in 2022.

See below to visit our current exhibitions online.
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Contemporary Prints
A Decade of New Acquisitions: 2010-2020
January 20 - April 24, 2022

When the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum was established in 2004, selected works of art from across the Hollins University campus officially became part of the museum’s permanent collection. Since then, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum has relied primarily on gifts and donations to shape its current collection of just over 1500 works of art.

This exhibit focuses on contemporary artist prints acquired by the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum during the years 2010-2020, including lithographs, etching, screen prints, woodcuts, and monoprints. In 2011, the Andy Warhol Foundation donated seven screen prints by Warhol in addition to a collection of his original polaroid photographs. Regional art collector James W. Hyams gifted the museum 34 prints in 2020, 15 of which are on view, portraying a wide variety of styles and media. Other works on display draw from a purchase made from Segura Art Studio at Notre Dame University following a 2018 exhibit titled Images of Social Justice. The exhibition also includes gifts by individual donors.

By nature, recent acquisition exhibits tend to pull together disparate objects. Together, these works provide a broad view of printmaking from the last three decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

jessica abel

Jessica Abel, Girl's Comics #5, 1998. Lithograph on paper, ed. of 25. Gift of James W. Hyams, 2020.004.001.


What Photography Is
January 27 - April 24, 2022

Guest curator and art photographer Kyra Schmidt envisions photography as a medium that can uncover truths. In her catalogue essay, Schmidt writes, “... the 10 artists in this exhibition open us up to truths that are personal, historical, and collective by looking at both analog and digital mediums in new and exciting ways. From cyanotype and gumoil portraiture to photographic reliefs and re-photographed collages, each artist has employed their material to consider how a photographic object can transform critical consciousness. By utilizing the power of photographic experience, these artists confront issues surrounding race and gender ideologies, ecological grief, and the passage of time.”

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.

amy elkins

Amy Elkins, Anxious Pleasures: April 5, 2020, 2020. Cyanotype on cotton. Courtesy of the artist.


Basics #50 by Matthias Neumann
May 30, 2021 - May 28, 2023
located on the creek side of West Campus Drive (near the pond)

Brooklyn-based Matthias Neumann was trained as an architect in Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2015, he has been using common 2’ x 4’ lumber in an additive configuration to explore physical notions of form, space, and utility. This sculpture is part of the Roanoke Arts Commission's sixth “Art in Roanoke” (AIR) temporary sculpture exhibit titled New Life: Reimagining Roanoke. Most of the sculptures will be on view in Elmwood Park, but the city is also placing sculptures in outlying neighborhoods – the Hollins campus being one of those. More of the artist’s Basic sculptures can be seen on his website.

This exhibit is sponsored by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.

matthias neumann at work

Matthias Neumann building Basics #50, 2021


Expanding Narratives:
Conversations with the Collection
currently available online

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.

and now her own

Tip Toland, And Now Her Own, 2019. Stoneware clay and mixed media. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, 2020.001.


Unveiling the Past: Reckoning with Our History of Enslavement at Hollins
currently available online

In spring 2020, students in the Cultural Property, Rights and Museum course began working on an exhibit, Unveiling the Past: Reckoning with Our History of Enslavement at Hollins University, in conjunction with members of the Hollins University Working Group on Slavery and Its Contemporary Legacies. The exhibit examines objects and images held by the University Archives in the Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University. Material researched by students are on display in this virtual exhibit. Those working on this exhibit wanted to create a public space to reckon with our Hollins past and give a forum to those who were not given a voice, name, space, or attention in the past. It is the goal of this exhibit to show the lasting effects slavery has had, and continues to have, here; and, to recognize that Hollins continues to benefit from a history of enslavement.

clem in long coat

Clement “Clem” Read Bolden (b. ≈ 1846, d. February 19, 1929). Courtesy of the University Archives in the Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University.


Exploring Visual and Conceptual Space:
Student Selections from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
currently available online

Using selected works from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum’s permanent collection, student curators put theory into practice in this virtual exhibit which is the culmination of the spring class, “Behind the Scenes: Principles and Practice.” As part of the class, students collaborate and share responsibility for conceptualizing, researching, designing, and interpreting a cohesive exhibition. Each student selected two works that spoke to them based on academic, personal, and aesthetic interests. The exhibit features works created by well-known artists Giovanni Battista Piranesi, John James Audubon, Käthe Kollwitz, Paul Klee, Salvador Dalí, and Andy Warhol, as well as works by Hedley Fitton, Jean Lurçat, Paule Gobillard, Eudora Welty, and others.

When placed together, these works form an image of the Eleanor D. Wilson collection as a small but artistically and historically rich collection – especially when seen through the eyes of Hollins student curators Madelyn Farrow, Faith Herrington, Sylvia Lane, Mairwen Minson, Kaiya Ortiz, Valerie Sargeant, and Maddie Zanie.


Henry Varnum Poor, Anne, c. 1940s. Oil on panel, 8.5 x 7” (framed). Art department acquisition, 1946. Courtesy of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, 2005.283.


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