The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum will present Nancy Dahlstom: Luminous Spirit, a major exhibition showcasing a wide variety of recent and older works by Hollins University professor emerita Nancy Dahlstrom. This show will be on view in the Main and Ballator-Thompson Galleries from December 8, 2014 – February 21, 2015. There will be a reception to celebrate the opening on December 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the museum.
Working in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, and printmaking, Dahlstrom’s art celebrates the vitality and spirit present in the natural world. In the catalogue essay for the exhibition, art historian Johanna Ruth Epstein writes that Dahlstrom’s work “preserves the balance between observational precision and compositional freedom. Within this balance, there is tremendous variation, conveying the spontaneity of movement perceived in nature, or the kind of suspended animation that takes over during contemplative moments in everyday life.”
Dahlstrom was a professor of art at Hollins from 1973 – 2013, and holds a B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and an M.F.A. in printmaking from Ohio University. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. The recipient of many awards, she was honored in 2011 by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke, Virginia, with the Perry F. Kendig Award for Outstanding Visual Artist, for her contributions to the local arts community.
Dahlstrom will give an Artist Lecture on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center at Hollins University.
The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum will be closed from December 18 – January 2. For more information, visit the museum online at www.hollins.edu/museum.