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The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum | Hollins University


Current Exhibitions

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is currently open only to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff.
See below to visit our current exhibitions online.
You can also find us on Facebook @eleanordwilsonmuseum
and Instagram @wilsonmuseum
Art Videos at the Museum
August 25 - November 20, 2020

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). Guests can bring their own blankets or yoga mats, and the museum will have clean mats available.

the sun from NASA

still from A Decade of Sun, courtesy of NASA


Together We Can Dream
August 25 - November 20, 2020

Visit our physically distanced interactive space to participate in a large collaborative drawing right on the museum’s walls. Take inspiration from the artists who have come before you or strike out on your own. Sanitized markers are provided by the museum.


installation image of interactive drawing


Expanding Narratives:
Conversations with the Collection
August 31 - November 20, 2020
also 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.


2020 Senior Majors Exhibition
currently available online

This online exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2020 majoring in studio art: Béa Mahjoub, Gabriella Kroger, Katherine Nuwayser, Kayla Keen, and Melissa Noles.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Claire Stankus notes, "Teaching the senior studio art majors, class of 2020, over a full academic year has been such a pleasure... They have continued to inspire me, espeically this spring semester. They overcame working from their homes with limitations, experimented with new materials, balanced their studio work with their personal lives, and continued to stay in touch outside of Zoom class. I hope each of these seniors will reflect back on this time and be so proud of their perseverance. They are certainly ready for the next steps ahead."

The exhibition is the final requirement for art students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins, and is the capstone experience of their yearlong senior project.

2020 seniors

designed by the Hollins University class of 2020 studio art majors


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