Hickory – The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C., will present the exhibit “New Horizons: Self-Taught Art in the 21st Century” in the Shuford Gallery from September 23, 2017, through January 7, 2018.
The exhibit is guest curated by Robert J. Allen and Margaret Day Allen, author of the book When the Spirit Speaks: Self-Taught Art of the South. The Allens serve on the Advisory Committee of the Folk Art Society of America and are past presidents of the North Carolina Folk Art Society.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a musical performance by David Thomas Roberts, a composer and performer of modern ragtime music whose visual art is a part of the exhibit. A reception will follow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The museum is located on the SALT Block in downtown Hickory at 243 Third Ave. NE. The museum also has a permanent exhibit of folk and self-taught art on the third floor.
The exhibit will feature work by nine artists from the United States and one from Norway who make self-taught art in a contemporary style. These artists include: Ab the Flag Man (Roger Lee Ivens) of Georgia; LaVon Van Williams, Jr., of Kentucky; Bruce New of Kentucky; Della Wells of Wisconsin; J.J. Cromer of Virginia; David Thomas Roberts of California; Ashley Pierce of Ohio; Kari Eig of Norway; Dapper Bruce Lafitte (Bruce Davenport, Jr.) of Louisiana, and Stacy Lambert of North Carolina. Several of the artists plan to attend the opening reception. Many of the artworks in the exhibit will be for sale. The exhibit is made possible with donations by the City of Hickory; Albert Keiser, Jr.; and the North Carolina Folk Art Society.
Pottery & two-dimensional works by Stacy Lambert are being presented in conjunction with this exhibition in HMA’s Local Artist Gallery.
Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free.
For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.
Retreat, by Ashley Pierce
Two Phases of the Moon Cycle, by Bruce New
We Are Singing Jacob’s Song, by Della Wells