Phillip Philbeck,  Relic , oil on canvas, Private Collection

Phillip Philbeck, Relic, oil on canvas, Private Collection


April 27 - August 25, 2019
Coe Gallery

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 11, 5 - 7 PM

In conjunction with Hickory Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary, the Museum will present new works by the Blue Ridge Realists, now celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

Members of the Blue Ridge Realists follow the rural realism tradition of the Tryon Artist Colony founded in the late 19th Century. The artists include Ward Nichols, Jack Greenfield, Bob Timberlake, Cotton Ketchie, Hal Bryant, William Mangum, John Furches, Frederick Craig Franz, Jason Drake, Gary Freeman, Scott Boyle, Phillip Philbeck, Richard Oversmith, Jeremy Sams, Chris Bell, and Clayton Pennell.

The Museum will create dialogue between works by the Blue Ridge Realists and works from the permanent collection, including paintings by Paul Whitener, HMA founder and first director, and artists associated with the Tryon Artist Colony.

Exhibition Sponsor
Dixon Endowment Fund For Innovation in Lifelong Learning

Annual Sponsor

Debbie Rasberry,  50 Shades of Gray Day , pastel on paper

Debbie Rasberry, 50 Shades of Gray Day, pastel on paper

On COMMON GROUND: Pastel paintings From the Mountains to the sea

May 4 - August 18, 2019
Entrance & Shuford Galleries

The Museum hosts the 2019 North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition with Lyn Asselta as Juror. This is the 8th year that the following organizations have joined together for this exhibition: Appalachian Pastel Society, Piedmont Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of NC.

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

Mary Belle Workman,  Red Barn,  acrylic

Mary Belle Workman, Red Barn, acrylic

Mary belle workman

July 10 - August 18, 2019
localHMA Gallery

This exhibition features paintings and sculpture by Hickory artist Mary Belle Workman. She is self-taught, and through experimentation, practice, and a keen sense of nature, worked to create a life of art that she has shared with others for over 90 years.

Mary Belle grew up in the hills of West Virginia during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s when the only art that you were exposed to was created either by you or one of your neighbors. Using materials that were readily available to create color, texture and mediums — local clays, crushed rocks, berries, wood, sand, and other natural elements — she has created her own works of art.

On exhibition is just a small sample of the wide variety of art that she has created over a lifetime. Mary Belle has painted in pastels, watercolors, oils and acrylics; sculpted in wood and stone; and created all manner of animals from gourds, rocks, yarn and other materials. Mary Belle is also a singer, songwriter, musician, poet, author, and storyteller, with many of those works published.

Ellen Schwarzbek,  Creature

Ellen Schwarzbek, Creature

HMA Members Exhibition

May 11 through August 18
Windows Gallery

Explore the talents of members of Hickory Museum of Art in this special 75th anniversary exhibition. All museum member artists were invited to submit an artwork for consideration.

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 & 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.