In May 2016, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins was the recipient of a collection of 385 preliminary paintings, drawings, and prints by Jean Helion (French, 1904-1987), a gift from the Blair family. This, the largest gift in the history of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, is an important collection of studies by one of France’s noted modernists. French by birth, Helion married an American from Virginia and spent time living and working in the United States. He lived with his wife in Virginia from 1936-1940 and returned during WW II to work in New York City. This exhibition will present selections from this generous gift, most of which has never been exhibited to the public. This collection makes Hollins University a major repository for Helion studies. Exhibit through March 26. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon-5 pm, with extended evening hours on Thursday until 8 pm.