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


Catawba valley Camera Club:
2017 Year-End Award Winners

April 21 - July 1, 2018
Windows Gallery

This exhibition features the 19 winning photos from the Catawba Valley Camera Club's Year-End Competition. 


Installation by Paul Hunter Speagle

May 5 - July 15, 2018
Shuford & localHMA Galleries

After furthering his education and art career in Savannah and New York, Paul Hunter Speagle returns to his native Hickory to pay homage to the landscape and culture he loves. Speagle will create an immersive environment where visitors can step into a landscape painting, complete with sounds of nature and smells of moss and apples. The installation will also include a selection of alla prima paintings (a wet into wet technique of oil painting done in one sitting) of his beloved Grandfather Mountain. Using 3 foot crayons that Speagle engineers, visitors will be able to color pages in a giant coloring book of North Carolina mountains designed by the artist.


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.


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).

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.