Current Exhibitions

Pat Viles, Dawn of Man, ink on silk

Pat Viles, Dawn of Man, ink on silk

Paul Lancaster, "Peace," 1994, oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 29"

Paul Lancaster, "Peace," 1994, oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 29"



September 3 through December 4, 2016
Coe & Windows Galleries

North Carolina artist Pat Viles returns to Hickory Museum of Art for a retrospective of her work. The exhibition includes paintings on silk, collages, watercolors on Yupo paper, acrylic on canvas, and mixed media works. Photographs outlining and describing Viles' process will accompany the exhibit.

The artist has exhibited throughout the world, including China, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, France, Germany and Belgium. Viles also had a solo exhibition at Hickory Museum of Art in 1995.

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 10, 6 - 8 PM

Sponsored by
George Clay III, DDS    Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Hickory Museum of Art Guild



November 19, 2016 - March 5, 2017
Shuford Gallery

Preview Reception:
Friday, November 18, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Sponsored by Lowes Foods, Hickory (Mountain View)

The Hickory Museum of Art, in cooperation with Grey Carter-Objects of Art, Mclean, Virginia will present the work of self-taught artist Paul Lancaster. The exhibition explores the creations of this visionary artist whose dreamlike landscapes and figures radiate an innocence rarely found in the real world while demonstrating an intuitive sense of design and a spirituality only the truly gifted can provide.

Click here for exhibition brochure.

The 112 page full-color book Paul Lancaster: Immersed in Nature is available for purchase in shop HMA at a special exhibition rate.


Harold Crowell & Brooks Yeomans Show and Sale

November 19, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Entrance Gallery

The Museum’s store, shop HMA, extends artwork sales into the Entrance Gallery just in time for holiday shopping through Valentine’s Day. The featured artists are Signature Studio artists Brooks Yeomans and Harold Crowell who are both represented in HMA's collection.


Susan Grant, Ball Jar with Lemon, watercolor on paper

Susan GrantBall Jar with Lemon, watercolor on paper

Different Strokes by Different Folks:
Works by the foothills painters

October 15, 2016 through February 12, 2017
Regal & Gifford Galleries

Opening Reception
Friday, October 21, 6 - 7:30 PM

The Foothills Painters are a group of 20 artists from the greater Catawba Valley who gather monthly for critiques. They present the work as part of the Museum’s Gifford Gallery Local Artist Series.

Click here to view their website.



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.