Current Exhibitions

Sarah Watts (Pastel Society of North Carolina), Sunset at Moore's Farm, pastel on paper

Sarah Watts (Pastel Society of North Carolina), Sunset at Moore's Farm, pastel on paper

 
Fanjoy Labrenz, Untitled, photograph Tom Shields, Islands Table, altered furniture

Fanjoy Labrenz, Untitled, photograph
Tom Shields, Islands Table, altered furniture

 

On Common Ground:
Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the sea

May 21 through August 21
Coe Gallery

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 21, 6 - 8 PM

The Museum hosts the 2016 North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition with Elizabeth Mowry as Juror. This is the 5th year that the following organizations have joined together for this exhibition (and the 2nd time exhibiting at HMA as a group): Appalachian Pastel Society, Piedmont Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of NC.

 

PALIMPSEST
new work by Fanjoy Labrenz
With Sculpture by Tom Shields

Through October November 13, 2016
Shuford Gallery

An installation by Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz featuring photography prints on fabric, aluminum and Komatex, and video projections. The exhibition includes altered furniture sculptures by Tom Shields, created during his artist residency at Century Furniture.

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 1, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Sponsored by:
Century Furniture
City of Hickory

Plastic Packaging, Inc.

 

Norma Suddreth, Thy Soul's Thirst Shall Be Satisfied, hand dyed sculpted paper pulp

Norma Suddreth, Thy Soul's Thirst Shall Be Satisfied, hand dyed sculpted paper pulp

 

HOLY LAND REVISITED:
WORKS BY NORMA S. SUDDRETH

July 30 through October 9, 2016
Regal & Gifford Galleries

North Carolina artist Norma S. Suddreth presents work inspired by her travels and faith. The exhibition includes handmade paper, watercolors and frescoes.

Opening Reception
Friday, August 12, 6 - 7:30 PM

Meet the artist, sample Middle Eastern foods, and learn about Suddreth's unique work and artistic processes. Call the Museum at 828.327.8576 to RSVP.

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Workshop with the Artist
Gelatin Treats! [of a sort...]
Monday, October 31, 9:30am - 12:30pm

For ages 13 years and up (adults welcome)
$30 • Call 828-327-8576 to register
Get creative this Halloween! Make monoprints on gelatin molds using handmade papers.


William Edward Bloomfield Starkweather (1879-1969), Late Afternoon Light, 1915,  oil on canvas, Gift of the Artist, 1954.15.1

William Edward Bloomfield Starkweather (1879-1969), Late Afternoon Light, 1915,  oil on canvas, Gift of the Artist, 1954.15.1

 
Charles Quest (1904-1993), The Junior League, 1968, pastel on paper, Gift of Jerald L. Melberg, 1984.22

Charles Quest (1904-1993), The Junior League, 1968, pastel on paper, Gift of Jerald L. Melberg, 1984.22

COLLECTING STARKWEATHER: THEN & NOW

October 31, 2015 through August 14, 2016
Whitener Gallery

Paul Whitener, the founder and first director of the Hickory Museum of Art, collected 9 William Edward Bloomfield Starkweather paintings during his tenure, most of them gifts from the artist. The Museum has recently collected 8 more, gifts from collector and Starkweather expert Peter Falotico. The exhibition features a selection of new and old acquisitions, as well as correspondence from Starkweather to Paul Whitener.

"William Starkweather was born in Belfast, Ireland as William Bloomfield. His father, Edward, passed away and William's mother brought him to America and settled into Connecticut. For many years William thought he was born in Scotland, but found paperwork in an old Bible which challenged his belief. Soon after arriving in America his mom passed away, and the young William was fortunate enough to be adopted by the Starkweather family of New Haven, Connecticut. After attending Hillhouse High School in New Haven, William moved to New York City to study painting at the Art Students League. It is unclear if Starkweather met his painting teacher John Henry Twactman in Connecticut before he started at the Art Students League or while at the league.

While he was learning to paint, Starkweather managed to save enough money to go to France to study at the Academie Colorassi. While studying at the academy he attended the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 and was overwhelmed by the Best in Show painting by Joaquin Sorolla, The Sad Inheritance. Sorolla was Spain's most famous Impressionist. The viewing of this painting challenged Starkweather to go back to America and save money to attempt to study with Sorolla in Spain."

-- Excerpt from Hidden Treasures of William Starkweather by Peter Falotico


Pastels from the
hickory Museum of Art Collection

Through August 28
Windows Gallery

Pastel paintings from the Museum’s collection presented in conjunction with the summer juried exhibition On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea.

Artists include Charles Basham, Frederick Craig Franz, Tom Mate, Hobson Pittman, William T. Turman, Charles Quest, Peter Roos, David Burr Moreing, Beverly Schoonover, and Ella E. Richards -- the first female artist to be represented in HMA's collection. Works range from 19th century to 21st century.

 

Photo by Sherrie Wells

Photo by Sherrie Wells

Discover FOlk Art:
Unique Visions by Southern Contemporary folk 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 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

Ongoing
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.