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September 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Coe Gallery

Click here for How Creativity Happens webpage.

A cross-disciplinary group of artists, creatives, and subject matter experts, led by local artists Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz, are collaborating to create an innovative work of art. The core group of artists includes Michael Deckard, Carmella Jarvi, Claire Pope and Hunter Speagle. The resulting artwork will be loaned to Corning Optical Communications for display at their new corporate headquarters in Charlotte, NC. This project explores important STEAM topics including problem-framing, observation, prototyping, and concept evaluation.

Collaborating within the walls of HMA, a gallery space will be transformed into a lab and the entire process will be documented by the artists, creating a living curriculum, which will be released in installments across the Museum’s digital channels. These resources will also be supplemented by the development of classroom materials and professional development curricula for area educators.

The complete package will not only engage families in immersive learning about creativity, but also position Catawba County as a beacon for new ideas, bold arts and cultural programming. The entire process, as well as the finished work of art, promotes HMA's mission to bring people together and inspire creativity through the power of art.

Artists Working Session Live In The Gallery
Sundays: September 22 & October 6 | 1-4 PM

Yoga in the Coe with Artist Sally Fanjoy
Saturdays: September 21, October 19, November 23,
& December 21 | 8:30-9:30 AM
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Dr. Michael Deckard Writing/Creating Live in the Gallery
Tuesdays during run of exhibition | 10 AM

Artwork Unveiling Reception
Saturday, November 16 | 6-8 PM
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Alan Mearns Musical Interaction LIVE in the Gallery — Classical Guitar
Sunday, November 24 | 2 PM

Jaki Shelton Greene, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, Will Present & Respond in the Exhibition Space
Saturday, November 30 | 3 PM
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John Cheek Musical Response
Sunday, December 1 | 2 PM

LRU Playmakers Perform in the Gallery
Tuesday, December 3 | 7 PM

Exhibition Sponsors

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Collaborative Work Environments Provided by

Annual Sponsor

Jeff Cline, Tuareg Child in Timbuktu

Jeff Cline, Tuareg Child in Timbuktu

THE art of adventure:
photographs and artwork from the world travels of jeff cline

August 24 - January 4, 2020
Shuford and localHMA Galleries

Take a trip around the globe without leaving Catawba County. A dynamic individual with a passion for art, this exhibition will be the first to showcase Jeff’s keen eye behind the lens, which he honed for many years as a member of the Catawba Valley Camera Club, as well as the objects, artifacts, and art that he collected through a lifetime of travel.

Audiences will have the chance to journey to far-reaching and hard to access places such as Chernobyl, Timbuktu, Papua New Guinea, and the now forbidden North Korea. The exhibition will be designed as an immersive interactive experience combining photographs, artifacts, and recreations of global destinations.

Exhibition Sponsors
City of Hickory
Kontane Logistics
McGriff Insurance Services
Vesco Toyotalift
Friends of Jeff Cline
United Arts Council of Catawba County

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Annual Sponsor

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Lillian Mathilde Genth (1876-1953),  The Bathers,  oil on canvas, Purchase funded by A. Alex Shuford, Jr., 1956.1.4

Lillian Mathilde Genth (1876-1953), The Bathers, oil on canvas, Purchase funded by A. Alex Shuford, Jr., 1956.1.4

Shopping The Met’s Collection

Through January 26, 2020
Whitener Gallery

In 1956, the Metropolitan Museum of Art auctioned selections from their permanent collection at Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City. Long-time museum advisor Wilford S. Conrow purchased 12 paintings at the sale for HMA’s collection with funding provided by A. Alex Shuford. Many of these works are fan favorites including “Venice Moonrise” by Samuel Colman and “The Bathers” by Lillian Genth.

Support provided by the Kenneth K. Millholland & Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Annual Sponsors:
Beaver Family Foundation
Broyhill Family Foundation


Fill ‘er up
Crowd Source Curating

August 24, 2019 through January 11, 2020
Entrance Gallery

An opportunity for HMA visitors, online community, and general public to participate in the exhibition process. Participants will make selections from the Museum’s collection. Artworks with the most votes will be exhibited. Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for voting opportunities! You can also vote at the Museum.

Photo by Sherrie Wells

Photo by Sherrie Wells

Discover FOlk Art:
Unique Visions by Southern Contemporary folk Artists

Entire Third Floor

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 &amp; Isaac Luski, 2002.1.8

Robert Levin, Untitled, 1990, glass, Gift of Sonia & Isaac Luski, 2002.1.8

Glass 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.

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

from the Sam Passantino Collection

Through December 30, 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.