2010-2011 Olin Hall Exhibition Season

September 16 - December 4

In the Repose of Memory

Jim Campbell

Olin Gallery and the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum

Jim Campbell Lecture: September 16th at 5:30 in Olin Hall Theatre

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University and Roanoke College Galleries are pleased to announce the first in a series of exhibitions to span both of their institutions and featuring international electronic media artist Jim Campbell. The exhibition: Jim Campbell: In the Repose of Memory will open on September 16th with a lecture by the artist at Roanoke College in its Theatre at 6pm followed by a progressive opening at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at 7pm. Both exhibitions will be on view through December 4th, 2010. The dual exhibitions mark the first presentation of Campbell's work in Roanoke, Virginia. Jim Campbell makes innovative works that have set standards for art made with technology for more than twenty years. Campbell's media and message are inseparable. He uses technologies developed for information transfer and storage to explore human perception, memory and the ways we measure time.

His dual solo exhibitions at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum and Roanoke College Galleries will include majors installations and exhibition pieces that incorporate light, sound, and computer generated images that often represent the evocation of memory. Campbell's work bridges the gap between traditional and innovative and juxtaposes interaction between the technical and the implied: seeing versus understanding. The exhibitions also display a major work by Campbell that explores film compression to large scale which the pixels are turned away from the viewer to reflect off the wall, and several works in which still photographic images are combined with time-based imagery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color catalogue.

Jim Campbell was born in Chicago in 1956 and lives in San Francisco. He received degrees in Mathematics and Engineering from MIT in 1978 and holds over twenty patents in the field of engineering. He transitioned from filmmaking to interactive video installations in the mid-1980s and has been working with L.E.D. technology since 1999. His work has been exhibited extensively internationally and is in the collections of MoMA, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others. Beginning in October 2010, a large-scale outdoor piece will be exhibited in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. In 2011 Campbell's work will be feature in the atrium of the SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA. . He has received many grants and awards including a Rockefeller Grant in Multimedia, three Langlois Foundation Grants, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. These dual exhibitions will be his first presentation in Roanoke, Virginia.

September 16 - October 15

New Acquisitions

Smoyer Gallery

The exhibition "New Acquisitions," on view from September 16th through October 15th in Smoyer Gallery brings together recent gifts to the college's permanent collection that augment the strengths of the college's diverse holdings. Representing internationally and nationally known artists such as Andy Warhol (Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) Tom Otterness, Fred Tomaselli and Keith Sonnier.

October 29 - December 4

Selected Projects from 1975-1991: A Portfolio of Ten Silkscreen Prints

Alice Aycock

Smoyer Gallery

Alice Aycock Lecture: October 29th at 5:30 in Olin Hall Recital Hall

Internationally-renowned sculptor Alice Aycock will be exhibiting her "Selected Projects from 1975-91: A Portfolio of Ten Silkscreen Prints" series at Roanoke College in Smoyer Gallery October 29th thru December 4th 2010. This exhibition will coincide with the introduction of the newly restored sculpture The Solar Wind.

Completed in 1983 The Solar Wind is from the artist series entitled A Theory of Universal
Causality (Time/Creation Machines). The 31 foot structure is suggestive of an elaborate scientific apparatus which grew out of Aycock's interest in linking modern technology with the historical past. The Solar Wind is located on the Roanoke College campus at the Life Science Plaza and is the only public sculpture of the Alice Aycock's in the state of Virginia. Roanoke College shares the distinction of having a permanent site specific Aycock sculpture with the University of South Florida; University of Illinois; University of Michigan; JFK International Airport among others.

She has created installations at the Museum of Modern Art, New York , the San Francisco Art Institute , Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago , and has exhibited widely outside the United States in countries including Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan.

January 21 - February 20

Silent Nature

Kurt Steger

Olin Gallery

Artists Char Norman and Kurt Steger create a site-specific sculpture intended as an entrance from the outside world into the sculptural environment of Kurt Steger's solo exhibition Silent Nature in Olin Gallery. Char Norman, Associate Provost at Columbus College of Art and Design, and a working fiber artist will join talents with her brother, Kurt Steger, to create a sculpture incorporating his expertise as a woodworker and hers as an innovative maker of paper.

Kurt Steger Lecture: January 21st at 5:30 in Olin Hall room #231


Billy Bob Beamer, William Driscoll, Dorothy Gillespie, Alison Hall, Russ Havard, Wes Mills

Smoyer Gallery

*Exhibition of paintings and drawings-work done by artists that use meditation as a primary vehicle for creating work.

Resonance Lecture/Workshop: January 20th at 5:00 in Olin Hall room #231

Workshop will be conducted by John Heil Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Consultant, Pam Rhodes  and exhibiting Resonance artist billy bob beamer on using meditation and art as a means of stress and pain management. Billy Bob Beamer uses art as a means of dealing with chronic pain and the accompanying stress, describing his work as a "quiet active meditation". As part of his evolution as pain sufferer and artist, he has begun to teach others how they also might merge art and meditation. Billy Bob has exhibited in over 60 art shows throughout the USA and at the Ancient High House Museum, Staffordshire, UK.

Opening Reception: January 21st at 6:00 in Smoyer Gallery

March 4 - April 3

2011 Biennial

Olin & Smoyer Galleries

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Juror: Carter E. Foster is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens and received an M.A. in art history from Brown University. After curatorial internships at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he worked at the New York Public Library as a Print Specialist. From 1996 until 2004 he was a curator in the drawing department of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and published several major catalogues. In 2004 he was named curator and co-chair of the department of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angles County Museum of Art. He is currently curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Carter Foster has published and lectured widely on both contemporary and old master drawings. He recently co-curated a major exhibition on American artist Roni Horn and is planning a long term research project on Edward Hopper's drawings.

Olin Hall Galleries is please to be  a part of the Marginal Arts Festival March 3-8 2011

Opening Reception March 4th 6-8
Juror Lecture: Carter Foster 5:30

April 16 - May 7

Art Majors Show

Olin & Smoyer

Opening Reception April 15th 6-8

Closing Reception May 6th 12-2