Current Exhibitions

Lynn Moody Igoe, Burning Bush, acrylic polymers, fabric and paper on canvas, Gift of James T. Igoe, 1991.15.1

Lynn Moody Igoe, Burning Bush, acrylic polymers, fabric and paper on canvas, Gift of James T. Igoe, 1991.15.1

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

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

 
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

 
 

WOMAN MADE: WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE HICKORY MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION

December 17 - April 23, 2017
Coe & Windows Galleries

Oils, watercolors and pastels, prints, drawings and sculptures, pottery, textiles, glass – the works of the women artists who are part of the Hickory Museum of Art Collection range as widely as those of their male colleagues. Yet HMA, while it has had one-person exhibitions by quite a few female artists over the years, usually involving borrowed art, has never exclusively celebrated the works by female artists in its own collection... until now.

The 2,500 square foot Coe Gallery is filled with almost 100 objects, including perennial favorites, seldom displayed older works, less familiar works by familiar artists, and a selection of our most recent acquisitions. Many of the artists have North Carolina connections.

A full color catalog is in production. Exhibition wall and desk calendars are currently available for purchase in shop HMA.

Sponsored by
Hickory Museum of Art Guild

Hickory Printing Solutions                                                                          
B
uck & Helgi Shuford
United Arts Council of Catawba County
Target Corporation
Angela Simmons & Jeffrey Behmer
City of Hickory

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.


INNOCENT & ETHEREAL: THE VISIONARY WORLD OF PAUL LANCASTER

November 19, 2016 - March 5, 2017
Shuford Gallery

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.

 

SOLITUDE & MYSTERY:
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


OFF THE WALL:
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.

 

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

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

EMERGENCE:
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
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.