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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
Supposedly A. Alex Shuford said to Paul Whitener in March 1944 that “If you’re going to have a museum, you’ve got to have paintings”; and then
"The importance of art in awakening a sense of the appreciation of beauty cannot be measured. Even meager training in Art opens the eyes. Nothing is ever quite the same once you have learned enough about art to see the color variations in the trees, or the clouds – why,” he said, smiling broadly, “suddenly you realize there’s more beauty in one day than you could exhaust in a century.“
A taste of exhibits big and small. events, classes and programs through the celebratory months of the Museum’s 75th Anniversary. A few surprises too!
Hickory native and entrepreneur Laura Lee Wilfong was one of the local people who supported the start-up and early days of Hickory Museum of Art in a variety of ways.
Teacher, mentor, friend, benefactor: Wilford Conrow was all those things to Paul Whitener, HMA’s founder. Conrow was an instrumental part of HMA’s beginnings and early days.
Frank Stanley Herring was a friend of the family of Mickey Coe (Mildred McKinney, Paul Whitener’s future wife) and his first paintings of that family was of Mickey and two of her sisters. From left to right, with approximate ages, are
HMA invites you to join the continuing journey with a brand-new 2018-2021 Strategic Plan! The full plan is now available for you on our web site.
They settled in Hickory where Paul nurtured his artistic talents and pursued his ambition to establish an art museum for Hickory, while Mickey actively supported his endeavors in both areas in a number of ways including
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.
… 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,
During our 75th Anniversary celebration, we will interweave our past and our future ambitions and stories. Come along for the ride!