Upcoming Exhibitions


ENDANGERED: Joel Sartore Retrospective

September 16, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Coe Gallery

An Evening with Joel Sartore
Saturday, October 14

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Catawba Valley Camera Club and the Hickory Museum of Art present the images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.

Through his images of the Earth’s creatures, Sartore’s artwork illustrates both the beauty and the tragedy of animal species threatened by extinction, demonstrating that photography matters. In the finest documentary tradition, Sartore passionately captures striking artworks to help viewers understand the importance of saving these unique animals, while also ultimately saving ourselves.

Sartore writes, “… Every species is a work of art, created over thousands or even millions of years, and each is worth saving simply because it is so unique and priceless.”

The installation includes 55 prints. Half of the images show animals in their natural environments – highlighting the effects of deforestation, industrialization, oil spills, and city growth on their habitats. The other half of the prints are Photo Ark images – studio-style portraits of the world’s captive species (species under human care) photographed against a white or black background. Sartore writes, “Isolating the animals against black and white backgrounds allows us to look them in the eye and see that these creatures contain beauty, grace, and intelligence.”

Sponsored by:
United Arts Council of Catawba County
Angela Simmons & Jeffrey Behmer
Beaver Family Foundation
L.B. Lane Family Foundation, Inc.
Catawba Valley Camera Club Members

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts.

NEw Horizons:
Self-Taught Art in the 21st Century

September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Shuford Gallery

Following the Foothills Folk Art Festival, join us for a party!
Saturday, October 7

4:30 PM, Musical Performance by David Thomas Roberts
5 - 7 PM, Reception in the Shuford Gallery

Guest Curators Robert & Margaret Allen, author of When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South, present the work of 9 self-taught artists who make art in a contemporary style. The exhibition features work by:

  • J.J. Cromer (Pound, Virginia)
  • The Dapper Bruce Lafitte (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • Kari Eig (Oslo, Norway)
  • Ab the Flag Man (Sanford, Florida)
  • Bruce New (Montgomery, Kentucky)
  • Ashley Pierce (Columbus, Ohio)
  • David Thomas Roberts (Walnut Creek, California)
  • Della Wells (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • LaVon Van Williams, Jr. (Lexington, Kentucky)

Pottery & two-dimensional works by Stacy Lambert are being presented in conjunction with this exhibition in HMA’s Local Artist Gallery.