Selma Hollander: Retrospective, works from 1960-2017

Posted at 10:22 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 10:22:15-04

Selma Hollander is a long-time patron of the arts in the Lansing area, and after celebrating her 100th birthday this June with her debut art exhibition at the Lansing Art Gallery, she is having a first Retrospective of her work this fall at Wharton Center. The show opens at Wharton Center on Sunday, October 1, 2017 with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The collection will be on display through Sunday, November 26. Hollander's artwork can be viewed by appointment or when lobbies are open for a performance. The pieces in the collection will be for sale, and Selma will donate the proceeds to Wharton Center and the MSU Art Department. Contact Nina Silbergleit at for a viewing appointment or purchase.

Selma Hollander received her BFA and MFA from Michigan State University in the 1960s after moving to East Lansing from Brooklyn, New York with her husband Stanley Hollander, who was a distinguished professor at Michigan State University. Stanley passed away in 2004, but Selma Hollander has continued to be a cultural mega-patron in East Lansing. 

Hollander's work is inspired by her real life experiences and the time she spent travelling the world with her husband. Using her education, surroundings and materials she found, she created simply for the enjoyment of making art. Hollander will be showcasing a diverse body of work that explores layers, rich lines and texture, harkening back to her experience as a print maker and weaver.

The late Stanely and Selma Hollander's generous contributions to the arts at MSU earned them the MSU Alumni Association's Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2002, honoring their first $1 million in contributions to the university. Since 2002, 21 Hollander endowments have been established to support programs, students, faculty and facilities at various colleges and units at MSU, including Music, Arts and Letters, Business, Wharton Center of Performing Arts and MSU Libraries.