Current Exhibitions

Images © Joel Sartore

 
 

ENDANGERED: Joel Sartore Retrospective

September 16, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Coe Gallery

An Evening with Joel Sartore
Saturday, October 14

Purchase tickets here.

Catawba Valley Camera Club and the Hickory Museum of Art present the images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.

Through his images of the Earth’s creatures, Sartore’s artwork illustrates both the beauty and the tragedy of animal species threatened by extinction, demonstrating that photography matters. In the finest documentary tradition, Sartore passionately captures striking artworks to help viewers understand the importance of saving these unique animals, while also ultimately saving ourselves.

Sartore writes, “… Every species is a work of art, created over thousands or even millions of years, and each is worth saving simply because it is so unique and priceless.”

The installation includes 55 prints. Half of the images show animals in their natural environments – highlighting the effects of deforestation, industrialization, oil spills, and city growth on their habitats. The other half of the prints are Photo Ark images – studio-style portraits of the world’s captive species (species under human care) photographed against a white or black background. Sartore writes, “Isolating the animals against black and white backgrounds allows us to look them in the eye and see that these creatures contain beauty, grace, and intelligence.”

Sponsored by:
United Arts Council of Catawba County
Charlotte Paint Co., Inc.
Angela Simmons & Jeffrey Behmer
Beaver Family Foundation
L.B. Lane Family Foundation, Inc.
Catawba Valley Camera Club Members

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 of the Arts.


NEw Horizons:
Self-Taught Art in the 21st Century

September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Entrance, Shuford, Regal & Gifford Galleries

OPENING EVENT
Following the Foothills Folk Art Festival, join us for a party at the museum!
Saturday, October 7

4:30 PM, Musical Performance by David Thomas Roberts
5 - 7 PM, Reception in the Shuford Gallery

Guest Curators Robert and Margaret Allen, author of When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South, present the work of nine self-taught artists who make art in a contemporary style. The exhibition features work by:

  • J.J. Cromer (Pound, Virginia)
  • The Dapper Bruce Lafitte (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Kari Eig (Oslo, Norway) HMA blog post about Eig.
  • Ab the Flag Man (Sanford, Florida) HMA blog post about Ab.
  • Bruce New (Montgomery, Kentucky)
  • Ashley Pierce (Columbus, Ohio)
  • David Thomas Roberts (Walnut Creek, California)
  • Della Wells (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • LaVon Van Williams, Jr. (Lexington, Kentucky)

Pottery and two-dimensional works by Stacy Lambert are being presented in conjunction with this exhibition in HMA’s Local Artist Gallery.


Frank Stanley Herring (1894-1966), The Three Sisters, 1929, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Frank (Beth) Stedman, 2003.31

Frank Stanley Herring (1894-1966), The Three Sisters, 1929, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Frank (Beth) Stedman, 2003.31

 
Donna Phipps Stout, Foiled Melon, 2000/2005, oil on board, Gift of Sandra & Henry Loehr, 2016.34

Donna Phipps Stout, Foiled Melon, 2000/2005, oil on board, Gift of Sandra & Henry Loehr, 2016.34

 

Mickey and Paul: The Early Days 

July 27, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Whitener Gallery

A look at Mildred Missouri McKinney before she became Mrs. Paul W. Whitener and beyond to their partnership in art with Frank Stanley Herring, Donald Blake, and Wilford S. Conrow.

More about Mickey here.

 

RECENT ACQUISITIONS
Hickory Museum of Art Collection

Through July 15, 2018
Windows Gallery

Hickory Museum of Art actively collects new works through gifts and purchases. This exhibition will change regularly to showcase paintings, prints and sculpture acquired over the last three years. Artists will include George Pearse Ennis, Donna Phipps Stout, Hobson Pittman, Wolf Kahn, Leo Twiggs, Sterling Strauser, Paul Lancaster, Lee Hall, John Brady, Hattie Mae Leonard, Dan Smith, Pat Viles and many more.

 

Photo by Sherrie Wells

Photo by Sherrie Wells

Discover FOlk Art:
Unique Visions by Southern Contemporary folk Artists

Entire Third Floor
Ongoing

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

 
Sam Passantino, Lion, wood and paint, Gift of the Children of Sam Passantino, 2016.22.a

Sam Passantino, Lion, wood and paint, Gift of the Children of Sam Passantino, 2016.22.a

Glass 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.

 

ANIMAL MENAGERIE
from the Sam Passantino Collection

Through June 24, 2018
Objects Gallery


This exhibition features 30 animal sculptures by folk artist Sam Passantino. Young visitors will delight in seeing the artist's frogs, birds, turtle, lion, fish, giraffes and more.