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Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory

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Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) is an art museum in Hickory, North Carolina that holds exhibitions, events, and public educational programs based on a permanent collection of 19th through 21st century American art. The museum also features a long-term exhibition of Southern contemporary folk art, showcasing the work of self-taught artists from around the region. North Carolina's second oldest museum, Hickory Museum of Art was established in 1944 when visionary founding Director, Paul Whitener, declared, “I am going to make Hickory, North Carolina an art center.” From that moment forward, the museum has left an indelible imprint on the Western Piedmont region by presenting a long history of exhibitions and programs that bring diverse groups of people together to learn about creativity. An accomplished landscape artist in his own right, Whitener fostered relationships with the National Academy of Design, which brought the very best in American art to his hometown.
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  • An eclectic display of wonderful modern art pieces organized and displayed with care and flare. Many sections are set with music that enhance the display. So many modern art museums only have...  more »
  • If you like art or even think you might check out this museum. It has folk art plus other changing exhibits. The space is so inviting. It’s in downtown Hickory so it’s very convenient to...  more »
  • The Hickory Museum of Art is an excellent museum in a small city. It has a great collection of contemporary southern folk art, which is on permanent display. It also has several changing exhibits throughout the year that appeal to visitors of all ages. Admission is free, and so is parking.
  • Wonderful place to experience culture and art from around the world. Also local artist exhibits. As well as all kinds of educational interaction.

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