1944: A WAR, THE PEOPLE, A NEW MUSEUM
Coe & Objects Galleries, April 11 through September 6, 2015
Image: Eddie Hamrick
Birthday Celebration for Eddie Hamrick
Saturday, May 9, 6 - 8 PM
The exhibition spans the 40-year career of North Carolina designer/sculptor Eddie Hamrick and includes videos, photographs, preliminary sketches, prototypes, and the artist’s completed wooden and metal objects. Additionally, historic pieces that have served as his inspirations will be loaned by individual collectors and institutions.
Windgate Charitable Foundation
The George Foundation
United Arts Council of Catawba County
Hickory Museum of Art Guild
Friends of Eddie Hamrick
Entrance Gallery, April 10 through July 12, 2015
Image: Mitzi Gellman, Riverbank Reflections
Friday, April 10, 6:30 PM
The winning submissions from a regional photography competition juried by the Catawba Valley Camera Club are featured in this exhibition. The entry divisions include amateur and youth. The exhibit also includes year-end winning photographs from Camera Club members.
My Brother's Paintings: Works by Gordon Wetmore (1938-2011)
Elementary Division: April 4 through April 19, 2015
Middle & High School Division: April 25 through May 17, 2015
Image: Jackie Treje Flores Points to Her Artwork in the 2014 Exhibition
This annual event, started by the Museum’s founder and first director Paul Whitener, provides an opportunity for local students from Hickory and Catawba County schools to exhibit in the Museum and for family members and school representatives to demonstrate their support.
Hickory Rotary Club
ART FOR ALL
Gifford & Regal Galleries, April 18 through May 3
Art for All is a program by the Hickory Museum of Art where youth educators travel to bring art to underserved populations. This exhibition features artwork done recently by the students from various organizations.
Art for All is funded by the Kulynych Family Foundation I and the LB Lane Family Foundation.
Thoughts Left Visible: Paul Whitener's Process
Whitener Gallery, Through October 25, 2015
Image: Paul Whitener Painting
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with 1944: A War, The People, A New Museum which opens October 25. Paul Whitener was the founder and first director of the Museum which he started 70 years ago.
Whitener was also an artist, and this show re-creates part of his painting studio, with his actual painting bench and travel paint case. It features completed and unfinished paintings, offering insight into his painting process.
AMERICAN ART GLASS & POTTERY
Objects Gallery, Ongoing
George Kennard, "Devil Face Jug", 2005, Gift of Corning Museum of Glass, 2006.2.5
Most of the glass works in this exhibition were given to the Museum by Sonia and Isaac Luski, Rose and Abraham Luski, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Several styles of glass blowing are demonstrated, and many of the artists have connections to the prestigious Penland School of Crafts.
Many of the pottery selections are from the American art pottery collection gifted to the Museum by the Frances Johnson Moody Estate. Represented studios include Rookwood, Van Briggle, and Weller. Other pottery includes crystalline vases by Phil Morgan, given to the Museum by Albert Keiser, Jr.
FOLK ART FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
Windows Gallery, Through September 6, 2015
Image: Roger Lee Ivens aka “Ab the Flagman” (b.1964), "Sun & Hands," 2013, assemblage, Gift of Albert Keiser, Jr., 2014.6.4
This exhibition Southern Contemporary Folk Art from the Museum's Permanent Collection features work by "Ab the Flagman," Clementine Hunter, Wanda Clark, Theresa Gloster, Tammy Leigh Brooks, Sam Ezell, Marie Elem, Michael Finster, Leroy Almon and Sister Gertrude Morgan.
Several of these artists are featured in the recent publication by Catawba County author Margaret Allen, "When the Spirit Speaks, Self-Taught Art of the South." Join Margaret for a book signing at the Museum on Sunday, May 17 from 2 - 3:30 PM.
DISCOVER FOLK ART: UNIQUE VISIONS BY SOUTHERN SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS
Entire Third Floor, Ongoing
The Hickory Museum of Art recently expanded their Southern Contemporary Folk Art Collection and Exhibition space. A new, hands-on exhibition was installed on the Museum's 3rd floor Mezzanine Gallery.
The Interactive Exhibition Features:
• Re-creations of Artists’ Working
• Touch Screens
• Over 200 Folk Art Objects
• Sounds & Smells
• Family Activity Stations
• and More!
Free Family Guides for the exhibition are available at the Museum’s check-in desk in the first floor HMA Galleria. Copies of the children’s book, Discover Folk Art: An Adventure with Artie at the Hickory Museum of Art, are also available in the Galleria for $9.95. In the book, Artie (HMA’s art-loving mascot) takes a group of children on a tour of the galleries and introduces them to work by several folk artists including Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan and Q.J. Stephenson.