Upcoming Exhibitions

 Ella E. Richards, "The Violinist," oil on canvas, Gift of Laura Richards, 1950.4

Ella E. Richards, "The Violinist," oil on canvas, Gift of Laura Richards, 1950.4


Dear Paul Letters:
The Correspondence that built HMA's Collection

June 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Whitener Gallery

In the days before email and texts, people corresponded through letters. The Museum is fortunate to have letters written to Paul Whitener, HMA’s founder and first director, from artists and donors regarding early acquisitions to the Collection. Works of art by Wilford Seymour Conrow, Ella Richards, Hobart Nichols and others will be presented alongside of letters, offering an “insider” perspective to HMA’s early days of collecting. This exhibition paves the way into HMA’s 75th Anniversary celebration.

Support provided by the Kenneth K. Millholland & Suzanne G. Millholland Endowment Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation


Blow up: inflatable Contemporary Art

July 21 - November 25, 2018
Shuford & Coe Galleries

BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space and unexpected materials to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.

“Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic,” says the exhibition organizer Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery.

This traveling exhibition includes major works by Claire Ashley (Chicago), Lewis deSoto (Napa), Patrick Flibotte (New York), Billie Grace Lynn (Miami), Guy Overfelt, Momoyo Torimitsu (Tokyo), and Lee Boronson (Brooklyn).

Click here for exhibit guide.

BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. This exhibition was made possible by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.