Blog post index (the 30 most recent posts)
In my time at HMA, my family has grown to include three in-laws and four grandbabies, I’ve learned more about art than I ever knew there was to learn, my own appreciation of beauty has changed to encompass a greater range, and I look forward to all that’s to come.
This place is my home. I have never been more sure of anything.
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."
Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
This is the second of a two-part blog by Kristina Anthony, HMA’s Exhibitions Manager. In the first one she shared her experience in coming to HMA and in the following she offers highlights of her time at HMA.
Working with kids and creating art is something I have a passion for doing. My job here at the museum has allowed me to do this for the past 21 years. Not everyone can land that dream job but I did.
This is the first of a two-part blog by Kristina Anthony, HMA’s Exhibitions Manager, sharing her experience in coming to HMA and highlights of her time working on exhibitions.
The staff at Hickory Museum of Art is a unique group of individuals who bring valued skills, diverse personalities, and genuine dedication in the museum’s mission to bring people together and inspire creativity through the power of art.
George Inness Jr. was one of America’s foremost figure and landscape artists and the son of George Inness, an important American landscape painter.
On Thursday, April 11 2019, artist Pat Viles was host to Hickory Museum of Art’s Coffee in the Coe group in her gorgeous home and art studio.
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
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.
Don’t miss out! The magnifying glasses are provided to help you see all the amazing details of these works. The exhibit continues until March 17, 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..
Trumpeter Spencer Wright announces another event at the Light Up the Night Gala celebrating HMA’s 75th birthday. An amazing evening remembered in mostly pictures.
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
The Lenoir-Rhyne students were asked how they might figure out the authenticity of HMA’s unsigned work attributed to Willem de Kooning. There is in fact no doubt that the work is by de Kooning, but the students did not know this prior to their own explorations.
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
Though a 1905 graduate of the The Music Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts who toured the United States and Canada as lead baritone for the Chicago Grand Opera Company, Berthelsen was best known as a painter who
Life-long North Carolina resident Jerry Goodnight credited Mickey Whitener Coe, HMA's second director, with encouraging him to continue with his art, beginning in college. “Mickey Coe is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me” he once said.
"There's not anybody now, I don't think, who paints that saw what I saw, like cutting wheat and picking cotton and making molasses and all that stuff.” She showed all the hard work it took to provide for yourself and your family on a small farm.
Maud Gatewood once said, “[Art] is like people: If you meet a person that's absolutely pleasant, they tend to be innocuous. Nothing's worse than being pleasant.” Another time she said, “I think you learn that life isn't always straightforward. Ambiguity might be the heart of life as well as art.”
Louisiana native Herbert Singleton’s brightly painted woodcarvings are often autobiographica. However, he also carved biblical stories, Voodoo icons, and scenes of local African-American cultural traditions. He had his own voice, a very strong
A most unusual sunset… the sky along the horizon was as red as a pigeon-blood ruby; it was as though the sun shone through a stained glass window. … Slowly the color faded from the sky and the distant
Early on, Charlotte-born and Harlem-raised Bearden debated whether to be an artist, a musician, or a professional baseball player. Deciding on art, he used ideas from math and music, especially jazz, along with aspects of his many other influences. As a result
Durand was passionate about nature, it made him fundamentally happy to be in it, of it, to look at it, absorb it, paint it. For Durand, painting nature was a form of self-expression, communicating
In an interview in 1977, Marjorie’s sister Gwendoline said of Marjorie that “she wanted to be a sculptor since kindergarten when she first worked with colored clay. Daddy was so proud of everything she did.”
The Violinist is also a rather dramatic illustration of the value of proper conservation of any work of art. As had been the practice for hundreds of years and
Here is the painter of the works of Grandfather Mountain and the Grand Canyon that will be featured in the big HMA exhibit December 8, 2018 - April 20, 2019
The painting was presented anonymously to … the most inspiring art museum I know, that specializes in competent American art since 1850 – the Hickory Museum of Art. Its director, Paul W, Whitener, as honest as Lincoln, I think of as