Andy Warhol exhibition stops at Roanoke College

Cheryl Tiegs by Andy Warhol

Cheryl Tiegs by Andy Warhol

Salem, Va. - Next month, a collection of Polaroid and black and white prints by famed American painter, Andy Warhol, will be on display at Roanoke College's Olin Gallery.

"In the Event of Andy Warhol," a collaborative exhibition of Warhol photographs and contemporary artists, who are inspired by or reference Warhol in their work, will open on Thursday, March 1. An opening public reception will take place from 6-8 p.m.

Prior to the reception, Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Roanoke's Antrim Chapel.

Roanoke has been selected by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to showcase collections of Warhol's work as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. The exhibit comes to Roanoke from Washington & Lee University's Staniar Gallery. It will travel to the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University following its Roanoke exhibition, which ends April 1. It will be at Hollins from May 31 through Sept. 15.

More than 20 years after his death, Warhol is one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture. After college, he moved to New York City where he worked as a graphic artist. He began painting and drawing in the 1950s, with his first solo exhibition in 1952. As Warhol developed as an artist, he incorporated a photo-based technique into his paintings.

He developed his most iconic work in the 1960s and early 1970s.

"The Polaroid portraits reveal the artist's profound and frank engagement with the personality in front of his camera," states the foundation's website.

The Andy Warhol Museum was founded in 1989. It is located in Pittsburgh, where Warhol grew up, and it holds hundreds of the artist's photos, paintings, sculptures, unique prints and videos.

Along with the Warhol exhibit, Roanoke's Smoyer Gallery will host an exhibition of artist Max Mitchell's work from March 1 to April 1.

Mitchell, who is Olin Hall Galleries 2011 Biennial first place winner, began painting under the tutelage of Brian Counihan, a local artist and dean of art and humanities at Community High School in Roanoke. Mitchell is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and he attends the University of Pennsylvania's BFA program.

For more information about Roanoke's Olin Hall Galleries, visit

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Released: February 27, 2012
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