Current Exhibitions

Jonathan Brilliant, "Weaving, Stacking Staining," Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina

Jonathan Brilliant, "Weaving, Stacking Staining," Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at
Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina

John Julius Wilnoty, Water Beetle, laurel burl, From the Collection of Lambert Wilson, Cherokee, NC

John Julius Wilnoty, Water Beetle, laurel burl, From the Collection of Lambert Wilson, Cherokee, NC

Doreen Sugierski

Doreen Sugierski


Jonathan Brilliant Installation

April 26, 2017 - September 9, 2017
Coe Gallery

Artist Talk
Friday, April 28, 6:30 PM

Opening Celebration
Saturday, May 6, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

HMA invites North Carolina artist Jonathan Brilliant for a week-long residency to create a site-specific installation in the Museum’s Coe Gallery using to-go coffee accoutrements as his art materials. The artist will laboriously weave 50,000+ wood coffee stirrers to create a site-responsive, colossal sculpture influenced by the gallery’s 25 foot ceiling and unique architectural features – spiral staircases and Palladian windows. Visitors will be able to walk under, in and around the undulating walls of this structure. The woven stirrers are held in place without the use of adhesives; tension and compression are what gives the structure strength and stability. Complementary smaller installations comprised of coffee cup sleeves, disposable lids and coffee stain wall drawings will also be included in the exhibition.

Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see an artist create an art piece from start to finish; a process which is typically done behind-the-scenes. Jonathan Brilliant will work live in the gallery, greeting and interacting with visitors. After his residency is complete, a time lapse video of the project’s making will be projected on a gallery wall through the remainder of the exhibition. Interactive stations will allow visitors to practice the stir stick weaving technique and add to a community sculpture built started by the artist.

Sponsored by:
United Arts Council of Catawba County
Corning Optical Communications

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Installation by Brian Lackey

May 6 - September 17, 2017
Shuford, Gifford & Regal Galleries

An installation by Hickory, North Carolina native Brian Lackey of photographic prints, film projections, soundscapes and sculptural elements. The immersive
environment highlights the photographs alongside the artist's personal ephemera. The experience will evolve over time as visitors will be encouraged to be part of the exhibition; they are invited to let go of their past, by adding to the narrative through writing and releasing a memorial / elegy to their former selves.

The exhibition includes a rare body of work using Polaroid type 55 film taken over the course of 20 years involving one man, one camera, and all natural light; no spotting, toning, or Photoshop manipulation was utilized.

HMA Board of Trustees Past President and current co-Vice President Kit Cannon is serving as Guest Curator

Visit the artist's website here.

Sponsored by:
Cafe Rule & Wine Bar
Robert Abbey Inc.

John Julius Wilnoty

February 1 through May 21, 2017
Objects Gallery

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 9, 5:30 - 6:30 PM (note new time)

Meet the Curator and Collector
A special talk for teachers and homeschool educators will be held from 4 - 5 PM. Call Ginny Zellmer at 828.327.8576 for more information.

Solitude & Mystery features 25 works in carved stone and wood, and mixed media from the collection of Lambert Wilson, a major collector of Cherokee artwork. The exhibit includes pieces by John Julius Wilnoty, and his sons and grandson. Works range from purely sculptural pieces to carvings that function as ceremonial objects.

John Julius Wilnoty has been described as a legendary figure among Cherokee artisans. A member of the Eastern Band, Wilnoty was born in 1940 in the Bigwitch community of the Qualla Boundary and later lived in Wolftown. He grew up with little formal education. As a sculptor, he is completely self-taught, taking up carving when he was about 20-years-old. Because of his innate skill, Wilnoty became an overnight sensation, creating hundreds of stone carvings, each piece with its own mysterious iconography. 

Sponsored by:
Charlotte Paint Company
North Carolina Arts Council

Hickory Community Relations Council

Catawba ValleY Camera Club Photo Competition

March 3 - June 11, 2017
Entrance Gallery

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 3, 6 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. This is the tenth year the Museum has partnered with the CVCC on this exhibition which also includes year-end print and projection winners by club members.


Noelle Rasmussen, "Bloom no. 13," toned silver gelatin print

Noelle Rasmussen, "Bloom no. 13," toned silver gelatin print

Imagining the Unseen Story

February 18 through April 30, 2017
Regal & Gifford Galleries

Preview Reception:
Friday, February 17, 5:30 - 7 PM

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Liberal Arts Program and the Hickory Museum of Art present the final Master of Arts exhibit of LR graduate student and artist, Noelle Rasmussen. 

The exhibit showcases Rasmussen’s photography work and focuses on the theme of truth and ambiguity. Her work has previously been exhibited at the Carl A. Rudisill Library at LRU, and she has twice received scholarships to attend the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, NC.

Rasmussen is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She will receive her master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in photography from LR in May.



Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Campbell's Soup (Scotch Broth), 1969,  screenprint in colors on smooth wove paper, On loan from HE and Elizabeth Yountz

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Campbell's Soup (Scotch Broth), 1969,  screenprint in colors on smooth wove paper, On loan from HE and Elizabeth Yountz


Warhol & Whitener: Juxtaposed

Through July 16, 2017
Whitener Gallery

A rare pairing of works by Paul Whitener, HMA founder and first director and famed Pop artist Andy Warhol. Whitener’s work is from the Museum’s collection and the Warhol screenprints are on loan from a private collection and Lenoir Rhyne University.


Photo by Sherrie Wells

Photo by Sherrie Wells

Discover FOlk Art:
Unique Visions by Southern Contemporary folk Artists

Entire Third Floor

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 Environments
         • 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.

Robert Levin, Untitled, 1990, glass, Gift of Sonia & Isaac Luski, 2002.1.8

Robert Levin, Untitled, 1990, glass, Gift of Sonia & Isaac Luski, 2002.1.8

Art Glass & Pottery
From the Museum's Collection

Objects Gallery

This exhibition features glass works given to the Museum by Sonia and Isaac Luski, and Rose and Abraham Luski. Several styles of glass blowing are demonstrated, and the show features artists with connections to the prestigious Penland School of Crafts nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

This exhibition also includes American Art Pottery gifted to the Museum by the Frances Johnson Moody Estate. The collection was assembled by Leslie Moody and his wife Francis; both were from Ohio and Leslie grew up in Zanesville, the heart of art pottery country. Several studios are represented including Rookwood, Catalina, Van Briggle, Weller, Tiffany and Roseville.