Jonathan Brilliant Installation
April 26, 2017 - September 9, 2017
Exhibition Take Down Event with the Artist
Saturday, September 9, 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.
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.
Cafe Rule & Wine Bar
Robert Abbey Inc.
BEER TYPE LOGOS
June 17 - September 17, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 7 - 9 PM
Hickory, North Carolina graphic designer Matt Everley challenged himself to create 52 brewery/beer logos in one year, each using a different typeface. The font itself became the driving factor for each logo design. This is the first time the entire collection of 52 logos will be on exhibition.
Everley designed the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival’s unmistakable “swimming chicken” logo and created the soon-to-be-as-famous pig logo for the Foothills Folk Art Festival.
Visit the project's website here.
Warhol & Whitener: Juxtaposed
Through July 16, 2017
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.
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.
Glass From the Museum's Collection
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.