HMA Welcomes New Staff Members

Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) recently welcomed several new staff members as part of its re-organization and plans to grow museum presence and participation throughout the region.

Kari Johnson has been hired as the museum’s part-time Membership Assistant. Kari has been working at HMA in various capacities since high school and is already a valuable asset, as she is working to help the museum generate funds and achieve its current goals.

Judy Sigmon is HMA’s new Art for All Coordinator, a grant-funded position enabling HMA to provide arts exposure to under-served and at-risk families in Greater Hickory. Judy may be a familiar face, as she has worked on The SALT Block for many years as an educator at Catawba Science Center.

Clarissa Starnes recently moved from the position of Art for All Coordinator to become HMA’s full-time Galleria and Collections Manager. Clarissa is already busy recruiting new artists and planning for the upcoming Galleria Open House and Holiday Sale, scheduled for Nov. 21.

Lilia Sokolova will be serving as part-time Executive Assistant to HMA’s Executive Director Lisë Swensson. Lilia, who recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a M.A. in Art History, will be assisting with development-related work.

Mary Katherine Creel was recently hired as HMA’s part-time Communications Manager. Mary Katherine has a background in journalism and previous non-profit marketing experience with Catawba Science Center. She is already busy promoting Unexpected Beauty: Views from the Lens of Steve McCurry, a stunning photographic exhibition, opening at HMA on Sept. 12.