The second part of HMA's annual Paul Whitener Student Art Show is now in full swing, this time featuring middle and high school artists. As with the elementary schools, Hickory City schools along with Catawba County, Newton Conover, homeschool and private schools participated, with each school selecting work to contribute. Awards will be given at the Tuesday April 17 reception honoring all the artists, their families, friends and teachers, in the gallery from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Below is a sampling of the amazing range of creativity in the show of over 200 pieces. All images are cropped, so you will have to come to the Museum to see the full splendor!
Pictures from the reception and a list of the award winners are here.
Background: In 1947, Paul Whitener staged the first HMA exhibit of art by students in the Hickory schools. It was his vision that giving these students a way to show their art in an actual museum would encourage their talents for and love of arts. This tradition has continued uninterrupted into the present. A very recent example of a participant is Hunter Speagle, a Hickory native who once won a Paul Whitener student art show ribbon and now is having his own exhibit of his art at HMA (between May 5 and August 5, 2018 ).
The Paul Whitener Student Art Shows are sponsored by the Hickory Rotary Club.
Post by Karin Borei, HMA Project Coordinator, writer and editor as needed, and HMA blogger since March 2015.