Romare Bearden (1911-1988): Service in WWII

Charlotte, NC painter Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was another of HMA's artists who served in WWII. His experience of service was an example of the continuing effects of racial discrimination in the United States, even during war. He joined the United States Army in 1942 and served until 1945 in the (all-black) 372nd Infantry Division of the 15th Regiment.He is pictured in uniform and later with his cat.

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Jack Perlmutter (1920-2006)

Jack Perlmutter was one of the HMA artists who served in World War II, and as such, he was part of the series of 2014 exhibits that celebrated the Museum's 70th anniversary of its founding. His attention-getting self portrait now attracts visitors to the Museum from a billboard on Rt. 40.

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Celebrating our beginnings

The Hickory Museum of Art opened in 1944, in a then relatively small and relatively isolated Western North Carolina town caught up in both World War II and a major polio epidemic. The Museum celebrated the 70th anniversary of that beginning with a series of exhibitions and programs throughout 2014, focusing on the local community’s memories and artifacts along with selections from the Museum’s collection of almost 2,000 pieces of American art. So, how did this founding of an art museum happen specifically in Hickory?

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