prudenHickory, NC – Celebrate contributions by women artists during Woman Made: Women Artists from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection, December 17 – April 23, 2017 in Coe Gallery at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), 243 Third Ave., N.E., Hickory. The exhibition features more than 80 women artists from HMA’s permanent collection as selected by Karin Borei, guest curator and HMA projects coordinator.

“It’s been exciting to select pieces for the exhibition,” Borei said. “The Museum has collected a wonderful variety of works by women artists throughout its 72 years as a cultural resource.”

During Woman Made, HMA’s Coe Gallery will be filled with more than 100 works from women, including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, prints, drawings, sculpture, pottery, glass and textiles. While HMA has exhibited several solo shows by female artists over the years, this is the first time the Museum has exclusively celebrated women artists from its permanent collection.

igoeFeatured works include perennial favorites, seldom displayed works, less familiar works by familiar artists and a selection of the Museum’s most recent acquisitions. Many of the artists also have North Carolina connections.

Among selected artists are Elizabeth Catlett, Maud Florance Gatewood, Kara Elizabeth Walker, Berenice Abbott, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, Ida Kohlmeyer, Jane Peterson, Minnie Reinhardt and Anne Tabachnichk.

Exhibit-related programming will include an opening reception in January, as well as art teas, a winter garden floral show inspired by artworks in Woman Made, flower arranging workshops, an empowerment workshop for girls and more.

A full-color exhibition catalog and 2017 calendars are in production, thanks to collaboration and support from Hickory Printing Solutions. The catalog and calendar will be for sale in the Museum’s store, shop HMA.

reinhardtWoman Made: Women Artists from the Hickory Museum of Art Collection is sponsored by HMA Guild, Buck & Helgi Shuford, Target Corporation, and Angela Simmons & Jeffery Behmer. This project is 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 for the Arts.

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.

Photos: Shirley Pruden, The Aerialist
Lynn Moody Igoe, Burning Bush, acrylic polymers, fabric and paper on canvas
Minnie Reinhardt, Hog Hill Winter, acrylic on board