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In June 1913, American Art News described in favorable terms this painting that years later became the first work by a woman artist acquired by HMA, six years after the museum’s founding.
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
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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!
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, including
HMA’s collection of art keeps growing. Enjoy some selections here!
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.
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."
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."
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.
“[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.”
This undated oil is one of the works featured in the new HMA show (January 13 - March 11, 2018) "Playing with Light: Reflections from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection." Its painter, Samuel Colman, was a successful 19th century Hudson River School artist. He (read more).
On November 18th, 2017, at the conclusion of a day of "Light up the Season" pre-holiday events, Evelyn De Morgan's oil painting The Undiscovered Country was unveiled for HMA dignitaries and visitors. The work will be displayed at HMA throughout 2018. (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.)