John McIver (born 1930)

At a 2005 exhibit at Charlotte's Modern Eye Gallery, he was described as "renowned for his previous work in watercolor, for which he has been awarded many honors. In this current body of work, he turns his expression to collage, and crafts energy-filled canvases of color, light, and texture. His work is reminiscent of delicate Japanese-inspired textiles."

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LaVon Van Williams Jr (born 1958)

Williams played basketball for the University of Kentucky with the team that won the NCAA national championship in 1978, and after graduation he played professionally in Italy and Japan. After years of the strict practice regimen of college and professional basketball, the freedom of woodworking was

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Steve Brooks (born 1962)

The most recent Fan Favorite painting showcased in HMA’s Whitener Gallery is Steve Brooks’ 2019 After the Storm . Steve explains that the setting is near Trout Lake in the Blowing Rock area, and commented that “there’s a whole lot more earth” in this painting than he typically includes.

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Arlee Trivett Mains (1935-2019)

HMA has just learned of the passing of the Appalachian folk artist Arlee Trivett Main. In 2016, HMA was honored to host an exhibition of her many memory paintings. The Museum mourns her passing while also being reminded of the continuing importance of discovering and preserving folk art..

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Bessie Harvey (1929-1994)

My art has been blessed and sent all over, and I’ve been seen on television, and all of this is just to say that God is God, and there is no other. ... The art is his, and I’m blessed to be the one to do it, and in it there is no evil, because in him there is no evil. He lives in me, and I in him, so

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Shirley Pruden (1927-2007)

A February 16, 1953 article in The Hickory Daily Record on the topic of HMA’s 1952 acquisitions says of Shirley Pruden's The Aerialist, the first work by a woman artist purchased by HMA, “It is an excellent work which shows superb knowledge of

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