2021-22 Exhibition Schedule

2021-22 Exhibition Schedule

Donald Nield, Red Assassin, 1977, Oil on Canvas, 44 x 50 inches

September 10 – October 10
Friday, September 10, 6-8pm
Opening Reception in Smoyer Gallery

Olin & Smoyer Gallery
Donald Nield
Coming of the Great Fish

Donald Nield (1924 -1984), a twentieth century surrealistic painter, is noted for his oils on canvas which convey a sense of mystery, fantasy and emotion. Born in Shanghai in 1924, his early education was spent in London, Canada and China. During the seventies Nield extensively studied methods of the old masters, rejecting modern art in favor of using symbols and forms of classical nature. Coming of the Great Fish is a collection of Donald Nield’s paintings ranging from 1962-1983.

Courtesy of the private collection of Esther Kargl.


November 5 - December 5
Friday, November 5, 6-8pm
Opening Reception in Smoyer Gallery

Olin and Smoyer Gallery
Artist-as-Collector: Works from the private collection of Dorothy Gillespie

Dorothy Gillespie (1920 -2012), born in Roanoke, Virginia, was an American artist and sculptor who became known for her large and colorful abstract metal sculptures. The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of artist, Dorothy Gillespie (1920-2012) by featuring works from her private collection. The works represent over 30 years of collecting and range in styles from Realism to Abstract Expressionism to Postmodernism. Dorothy Gillespie’s collection is comprised of works from over 50 artists such as Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir;
courtesy of the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation.

David Antonio Cruz, welaughedinthefacesofkingsneverafraidtoburn, 2020, Oil and latex on wood panel, 40 x 30 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

January 28 – March 27
Friday, January 28, 6-8pm
 Opening Reception in Smoyer Gallery

Olin Gallery
On Jupiter

“On Jupiter” is an exhibition curated from The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection in collaboration with The Center for Studying Structures of Race and The Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Center for Studying Art at Roanoke College. The works selected will focus on intersectionality as it relates to the imagined future. Examples of subject matter include gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, and religion. Sculptures will serve as monuments to the experience while other mediums inform change through representation, celebration, or contemplation.

“On Jupiter” is derived from the discography of Sun Ra and his Arkestra, which explores the mythical dimensions of space whose mysteries are ambiguously relevant both to the past and the present. In Vedica astrology, Jupiter is known as JIVA, the consciousness of the soul representing the individuality of self. To be “On Jupiter” is to be present with the highest self. The works in this show are curated as a monument to this higher self and celebrates artists whose vision intensifies the awareness of cosmic connections. The revitalization of monuments across the country inspired the aesthetic of the selected works. Photographs memorializing loved ones, colorful mantras in spray paint, community gardens, flickering candles placed at the steps with people gathering to cook, make music, and dance. The statues prove that creating new planets is possible. That our energy can create its own gravity and pull others into its orbit. The catalytic action for change can form a pillar of hope. And future monuments will be erected with new materials, otherworldly visions, and love.

Richard Pasquarelli, House at Night XX, (Monterey Slave Quarters, Roanoke, VA), 2021, Oil on Linen, 30 x 24 inches

Smoyer Gallery
Here and Now

 This exhibition will showcase the most recent acquisitions to the Roanoke College Permanent Art Collection that expands the strengths of the College’s diverse holdings. Works represent internationally and nationally known artists: William Binnie, Christina de Middle, James Griffioen, Ryan Humphrey, Charles LeDray, Richard Pasquarelli, Hunt Slonem, Sarah Sze, Kara Walker, William Wegman and Chris Wylie.



April 22 – May 6
Opening Reception in Smoyer Gallery
Friday, April 22 from 6-8
Closing Reception in Smoyer Gallery
May 6 from 12-2

Olin & Smoyer Galleries
2022 Studio Art

The annual Studio Art exhibition showcases work by Roanoke College Art Majors and Minors. Exhibited works are from the artist’s area of focus which includes ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This exhibition represents the wide variety of media, styles, and ideas students explore in the college’s Fine Arts Department.