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 December 12, 2013                                                                              Contact: Karyn McAden

 Roanoke, VA                                                                                        email:

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Home Sweet Home opening January 9, 2014 at

the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University

The exhibition Home Sweet Home features the work of 13 different artists whose work explores notions of home and place.  Working in diverse media, these artists present projected images, fabric and mixed-media installations, photography, painting, sculpture, and performances addressing issues that speak to our concepts of family, domesticity, and the immediate environments where we live, work, and play. The exhibition will be open from January 9 to March 1, 2014.

Exhibiting artists are: Betsy Hale Bannan (Roanoke), Honor Bowman (McComb, Mississippi), Betty Branch (Roanoke), Christine Carr (Roanoke), Genesis Chapman (Bent Mountain), Travis Head (Blacksburg), Susan Jamison (Roanoke), Michael-Birch Pierce (Richmond), Kristin Skees (Hampton Roads), Nan Mahone Wellborn (Roanoke), Susan Worsham (Richmond), and Annie Waldrop (Roanoke). The exhibition also presents the Web-based survey project Looking at the Land - 21st Century American Views. Featuring eighty-eight contemporary image makers, the project explores the evolving tradition of landscape photography and was curated by Andy Adams, publisher of FlakPhoto, produced in collaboration with Swink and Trapp Interactive.  Home Sweet Home was organized by the Wilson Museum and curated by former museum director Amy Moorefield.

Opening Artist Lecture with Honor Bowman and Michael-Birch Pierce

with an Embroidery Performance by Michael-Birch Pierce

Thursday, January 9, 6 pm, Frances J. Niederer Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Reception to follow

Artists Honor Bowman and Michael-Birch Pierce will present a lecture on how notions of home, craft, and place inform their work on view as part of the exhibition Home Sweet Home. During the lecture, Michael-Birch Pierce will create a free-motion embroidery portrait using a member of the audience as inspiration. Bowman received her BA in studio art and English from the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg and her MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Michael-Birch Pierce is a fashion designer and fiber artist based in Richmond, VA. He received his BFA in fashion design from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA in fibers at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Wanderlust screening and Q & A Session with Artist Christine Carr

Thursday, January 23, 6 pm, Frances J. Niederer Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Reception to follow

Filmed daily in Roanoke in 2012, Carr edited her observations to ten-second vignettes and then placed them in chronological order. The resulting thirty-minute single-channel video, Wanderlust, is a series of evocative moving pictures that elicit a sense of a place and raise the question of how a specific location may be characterized. Carr received her MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C., and her AAS from the Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center in Norfolk. She is an assistant professor of art at Hollins University.

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