We get used to our work spaces, finding comfort in their familiarity and turning a mostly blind eye to eventual messes, as long as we can still find what we need to get our work done. But then one day,Read More
The event featured dance music (yes some people did dance), live and silent auctions for art and experiences, a photo booth with 1940’s costumes and free photos, along withRead More
The entire HMA museum staff along with two offspring in costume took part in this parade for the first time, to bring further attention toRead More
Many of you already know us, but for those who don’t yet, here we all are. Come see us in person!
Top to bottom, left to right, row by row: Jon Carfagno Executive Director, Clarissa Starnes Associate Director, Mary Johnson Business Manager, Ginny Zellmer Education Manager, Debbie Reed Communications & Design Manager, Kelly Smith Development Manager, Molly Blanchard Membership Coordinator, Kristina Anthony Exhibitions Manager, and Karin Borei Projects Coordinator.
Thank you photographer Paul van Breemen for those lovely photos!
Art! Music! Live and silent auctions! Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres! Great company! And a chance to WIN A FANTASY TRIP!!Read More
Once again, you can see that HMA offers wonderful experiences not just inside its walls (which it does for sure), but outside those walls too.Read More
Here is a feast of photographs of a magical evening spent with blown glass art.Read More
Some pictures of classic European cars, those marvels of design and creativity, and of the people who loved them on a sunny day. And also, one sporting dog.Read More
And everyone enjoyed it, as the pictures show.Read More
Asheville artist Connie Bostic previously exhibited at HMA in the Museum’s 2012 exhibition Waking Up with Van Gogh.Read More
Curious about the Guild? Want to see a slide show of pictures from last year’s events?Read More
Come see these wonderful inflatable sculptures! Amazement for all ages!Read More
POP: Everyday Imagery as Art
July 7, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Selections of Pop Art and works inspired by that movement from the Museum’s collection and on loan from private collectors are presented in the Windows Gallery in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art.
Artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and more. This etching of a Pizza is by Claes Oldenburg (b.1929). It is dated 1964, and was a gift of John Van Kirk in memory of Ruth H. Van Kirk.
Dear Paul Letters: The Correspondence that built HMA's Collection
June 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019
The Museum is fortunate to have letters written to Paul Whitener, HMA’s founder and first director, from artists and donors regarding early acquisitions to the Collection.
Works of art by Wilford Seymour Conrow, Ella Richards (the first work by a woman artist acquired by HMA), Guy Carlton Wiggins and others are on display in the Whitener Gallery alongside the letters, offering an “insider” perspective to HMA’s early days of collecting.
This exhibition paves the way into HMA’s 75th Anniversary celebration. Support provided by the Kenneth K. Millholland & Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.
Read this and be tempted.Read More
We had to set out extra chairs to accommodate everyone who came to this year’s celebration.Read More
This is the story of these whirling outdoor artworks and their rejuvenation by professional restorers.Read More
But if you did, we have now put up photographic labels next to the works that inspired the floral arrangements, so that you may at least get a glimpse of what you missed. Come see!Read More
Above: Coffee in the Coe Award (Most Creative) – Cynthia Clemente- BHHS – Ms. FarrissRead More
The art of the middle and high school students will be displayed until April 29. The reception honoring all the student contributors, their families, friends and teachers will take place on April 17. Take a peek at some of the art!Read More
On March 14, 2018 at an awards ceremony in Clayton, NC, the Foothills Folk Art Festival won a statewide award from the N.C. Department of Commerce, for Best Downtown Special Event. A panel of judges chose the award winners from dozens of applications submitted from throughout the state; and NC government officials presented the award to Newton Mayor Anne Stedman and Hickory Museum of Art Executive Director Jon Carfagno. The festival's principal organizers, Shannon Johnson, Newton’s Main Street Program coordinator, and Clarissa Starnes, Associate Director of Hickory Museum of Art and the Foothills Folk Art Festival artist contact, were also at the awards ceremony.
The result of a partnership between Hickory Museum of Art and Downtown Newton Development Association, the mission of the Foothills Folk Art Festival is to celebrate and support contemporary folk art locally and regionally, while maximizing the benefits for the artists and to Downtown Newton both economically and culturally. Shannon Johnson says, “Thanks to the the efforts of hundreds of volunteers throughout the year, we [together] are able to bring close to 100 amazing artists to the festival for a day that celebrates folk art. This award from the N.C. Department of Commerce speaks to the quality of the festival, and we are dedicated to to making the festival even better each year.”
The Third Annual Foothills Folk Art Festival will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM in Downtown Newton. This family friendly festival, expected to once more draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region, will again showcase a variety of local and regional contemporary folk artists whose work will be for sale, as well as artist demos, hands-on art activities for kids, two locations with free live music, food from area restaurants and food truck vendors, beer gardens, and more.
The Foothills Folk Art Festival is a juried event dedicated to folk art. The festival's artist committee is looking for themed artwork intensely influenced by and displaying the spirit of folk, visionary, and outsider art. Information for artists wishing to be considered for participation in the 2018 festival is here.
Says Clarissa Starnes about the festival award, "We would like to thank the many hands that went into making last year's event a success, including the artists, participants, sponsors, local businesses, volunteers, staff members, and visitors to the Festival! We look forward to an even bigger, better Festival this October!"
More information about the Foothills Folk Art Festival itself, including signing up to volunteer, here.
Post by Karin Borei, HMA Project Coordinator, writer and editor as needed, and HMA blogger since March 2015.