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Hickory Museum of Art

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Hickory Museum of Art
243 Third Ave NE
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Venue Type: Museum

Country:
united states



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> CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
October 25th - February 22nd, 2015 1944: A WAR, THE PEOPLE, A NEW MUSEUM
 
October 4th - January 4th, 2015 IN TIME WE SHALL KNOW OURSELVES
Raymond Smith
 
> QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.hickorymuseumofart.org
EMAIL:  
lswensson@hickorymuseumofart.org
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM Sunday 1 - 4 PM Closed Mondays and Holidays
PHONE:  
828-327-8576
FAX:  
828-327-7281
GALLERY TYPE:  
Contemporary
COST:  
admission to the Hickory Museum of Art is FREE
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DESCRIPTION

Paul Austin Wayne Whitener was the founder and first director of the Hickory Museum of Art. In 1935, the Hickory native and Duke University football player, spent the summer in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. It was there he met his future wife, Mildred McKinney Whitener Coe, and his career path would make a dramatic turn. He watched Mickey paint a mountain landscape and thought he would like to try his hand at it. Paul was a natural, and it was there his passion for art was born. Paul's artistic talent advanced rapidly. He enrolled in the Ringling Museum of Art's summer school in Little Switzerland, and later studied under notable artists, Wilford Conrow, Frank Herring and Donald Blake.

Paul's desire to share his own growing appreciation of art prompted him to announce his intention to start an art museum in Hickory, North Carolina, where he had been raised. Area residents shared his vision and in 1944 Paul Whitener's dream was realized, and the Hickory Museum of Art was established. Today, it is the second oldest art museum in North Carolina. Paul served as the first director until his death in 1959. Mickey became the director after his death and served in that position until 1995.

In 1986, the Hickory Museum of Art moved into its current location in the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley, initially built as Claremont High School. Our exhibitions feature our Permanent Collection of American Art and works borrowed from private collectors and other institutions.


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