About the Permanent Collection

Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944 to collect, foster and preserve American art. 8 works were collected that year, and today, 70 years later, the Museum now has approximately 1,500 art objects in the Collection. Major holdings include:


Hudson River School Paintings

Artists include: Thomas Cole, William Stanley Haseltine, Samuel Colman, Jr., Henry Boesé, Asher Brown Durand, Alfred Thomas Bricher, James McDougal Hart, Homer D. Martin, Thomas Worthington Whittredge, William Louis Sonntag, James David Smillie, John Frederick Kensett, Charles Morgan McIlhenney, and Herman Geyer.

Thomas Cole (1801-1848)
not dated
oil on canvas
Museum purchase, 1954.3.12

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Southern Contemporary Folk Art

The Hickory Museum of Art has over 250 holdings in Southern regional self-taught art, most of which is on view in HMA's long-term interactive exhibition on the third floor, DISCOVER FOLK ART: Unique Visions by Southern Self-Taught Artists.

Represented artists include: James Harold Jennings, Richard Burnside, Miles Carpenter, Raymond Coins, Abraham Lincoln Criss, Minnie Evans, Howard Finster, Russell Gillespie, Larry Heath, Albert Hodge, Joe McFall, Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan, Minnie Reinhardt, Lorenzo Scott, Q.J. Stephenson, Arie Reinhardt Taylor, Mose Tolliver, Hubert Walters, Jeff Williams, and more.

James Harold Jennings (1931-1999)
not dated
paint on wood
From the Collection of Barry and Allen Huffman
Gift in Honor of Mary Margaret Huffman Allen, 2007.13.13


North Carolina Artists

Artists include: Paul Austin Wayne Whitener, Bob Trotman, Romare Bearden, Claude Howell, Warren Dennis, Kate Worm, Stephen Brooks, Philip Moose, Ben Owen, Wiili Armstrong, Craig Knauff, Ben Long, Ward Nichols, Jack Greenfield, Frederick Craig Franz, Danny Robinette, Kim Ellington, Hobson Pittman, and Maud Gatewood.

Danny Robinette (1954-2005)
Landscape Off Island Ford Road
, 1990
acrylic on canvas
Museum purchase, 2012.6.2


American Art Pottery

Represented studios include Rookwood, Roseville, Tiffany, Weller, and Van Briggle.

c. 1912
Gift of Frances J. Moody Estate, 2001.6.25

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Studio Art Glass

Jon Kuhn
Innocence Contained,
Gift of Sonia and Isaac Luski, 1995.13.1

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High-Speed Photography

Harold "Doc" Edgerton
Shooting the Apple,
Gift of Charles Dixon in Memory of His Wife, Mary Louise Edgerton Dixon, 2012.28.7
© Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Courtesy MIT Museum