How did this Hickory resident who went to Duke University on a football scholarship and married a local girl become a painter and art entrepreneur? Here’s a bit of the story, and some pictures too.Read More
… That location served well as a museum for the most part, except perhaps the time when the floor of the main gallery caved during a crowded reception. As Paul's steadfastly supportive and collaborative wife Mickey reminisced in 1984,Read More
During our 75th Anniversary celebration, we will interweave our past and our future ambitions and stories. Come along for the ride!Read More
As one part of our multi-part 75th Anniversary celebration, our blog will feature weekly posts about HMA’s history: founding and other supporting personalities, our art collection’s beginnings and growth, our well-known and perhaps not as well-known local and regional artists, our exhibits over these years, and an occasional surprise. Some of the posts you may recognize as updates of earlier posts, while others will be new to the blog. Seventy-five posts for seventy-five weeks starting now, so keep watching!
Because yes, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Museum's founding in 1944! And we just had to start early to celebrate that milestone.
This post is #1 of the 75 stories to celebrate HMA's 75 years.
Post by Karin Borei, HMA Project Coordinator, writer and editor as needed, and HMA blogger since March 2015.
The North Carolina General Assembly of 2013 adopted the Whirligigs of Vollis Simpson as the official Folk Art of North Carolina (H.B.830). HMA owns several of his works, includingRead More
HMA’s collection of art keeps growing. Enjoy some selections here!Read More
All about Matt Diffee and his ONE MAN GROUP SHOW that includes not only the original drawings for his cartoons and illustrations, but also for the first time his more traditional artistic endeavors: realist landscapes, abstract paintings, and collages.Read More
Ben Long grew up in Statesville, NC; and although he is by now a muralist and portraitist of world-wide renown, Long currently divides his time between Italy and Asheville, NC, saying that Asheville "just feels good."Read More
When discussing Singleton's work, "I would always tell him 'Forget the label self-trained, outsider or whatever,' " artist Willie Birch said. "He was a great artist and at some point in his life his work would be recognized as great art."Read More
As I’ve mulled over what to say about the execution of Reflections II, I’ve found myself learning things about my working process of which I was previously only marginally aware. So it’s been an interesting exercise.Read More
“[My] work is informed by the needlework traditions of southern women since North Carolina was settled. … It bows to the traditions of abstraction, while also striving to clearly represent the depth of my experience of nature.”Read More
" You're looking for a fantastic movement or a fantastic shape that comes in the piece, and that's the whole power to the piece. You want it to explode out when the viewer sees it or you want it to be calm, but yet you still want a powerful presence in the piece, so that it dominates or takes off." (Read more here.)Read More
Between September 16, 2007 and February 25, 2018, HMA's exhibition Endangered: a Joel Sartore Retrospective will showcase Sartore's environmental passion with an installation of fifty-five gorgeous examples of his animal photography. This artwork illustrates both the beauty and the tragedy of animal species threatened by extinction. (More here)Read More