1944: A WAR, THE PEOPLE, A NEW MUSEUM
Coe and Entrance Galleries, October 25, 2014 through March 29, 2015
Image: Installation photograph of Memory Wall
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The Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944; a time when the United States was heavily involved in WWII and Hickory was in the middle of a polio epidemic. Utilizing the permanent collection and borrowing artifacts from the Catawba County Historical Association and local businesses which also began during this era, the Museum will tell the story of what was happening locally and world-wide during the darkness of 1944.
Exhibition highlights include:
Honor Wall: Artwork by artists in HMA's permanent collection who served in WWII
Artist Spotlights: The stories of 10 artists in HMA's permanent collection and their connection to WWII. Artists include Thomas Hart Benton, Wolf Kahn, Romare Bearden, Elie Nadelman, Philip Pearlstein, Vollis Simpson, Harold "Doc" Edgerton, and more.
Paul Whitener's Studio: A re-creation of HMA founder and first director Paul Whitener's art studio featuring his painting desk, sketchbooks, color notes, and paintings in various stages of completion.
Elite Eight: The eight paintings accepted into HMA's permanent collection in 1944 by Frederick Ballard Williams, Andrew Winter, George Bruestle, Chauncey Ryder, Albert Groll, Paul Dougherty, Guy Wiggins, and Johan Berthelsen.
The Miracle of Hickory: An installation about Hickory's polio epidemic and polio hospital that served 634 patients.
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Hickory, NC, Inc.
George Clay III, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Kenneth & Suzanne Millholland Endowment
Sherrill Furniture Company
My Brother's Paintings: Works by Gordon Wetmore (1938-2011)
Shuford Gallery, January 10 through March 29, 2015
Image: Gordon Wetmore, "Bedouin"
Note New Date--
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 6 - 8 PM
One of the founding members of the Portrait Society of America, Gordon Wetmore was a Tennessee artist who is known primarily for his portraits in pastel and oil, and landscapes of Israel and Ireland. The exhibition is told from the perspective of the collector Lou Wetmore, the artist’s brother, who has spent years searching for and purchasing his brother’s work.
Winifred Perkins Gray
Friends of Gordon Wetmore
Image: Julia Gray Hines, "Approach"
A year-long light installation by artist Julia Gray Hines, presented in conjunction with the Hickory Museum of Art's anniversary, celebrating 70 light-filled years. The chandelier hangs from the ceiling in the museum's second floor Coe Gallery. The piece is interactive!
Works by the NEO VISIONARIES
Gifford & Regal Galleries, February 14 through April 12, 2015
Image: John Rankin, "Jesus Save Us (All the Little Children) II," paint on wood
The Neo Visionaries are a group of artists who live and work in the mountain region of Western North Carolina. The four painters are John Rankin, Jeffrey Church, Stacey Pilkington-Smith and Saul Quiroz. Like their predecessors, the Southern Folk Artists, they are self taught in their craft.
Click here to visit the Neo Visionaries website.
Thoughts Left Visible: Paul Whitener's Process
Whitener Gallery, Through March 29, 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.
IN THE BEGINNING: Artists Exhibited at HMA -- 1944
Windows Gallery, October 25, 2014 through March 29, 2015
Image: Billy Blackburn (1908-1993), "Café," circa 1940, oil on canvas, From the collection of Diane and Jacques Geitner.
Work by artists featured in the Hickory Museum of Art's first year of exhibitions including F. Ballard Williams, Wilford Conrow, Roy Mason, Billy Blackburn, Hobart Nichols, Donald Blake, Emma Louisa Cilley, Blanche Sherrill Ivey, Mrs. Josephine Moretz Shipley Lauerman, and more.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with 1944: A War, The People, A New Museum.
CHURCH HATS: Artful Adornment
Objects Gallery, January 31 through April 12, 2015
This exhibition of hats on loan from local collectors is inspired by the book CROWNS: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.
The exhibition and related programs are in collaboration with Hickory Community Theatre presenting the local premiere of CROWNS by Regina Taylor adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham & Craig Marberry onstage February 6 – 22 [call 828-328-2283 for tickets]. Cunningham will be at the opening performance on February 6.
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.
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.