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Hickory Museum of Art Announced the Return of “JuniorHMA”

Hickory Museum of Art announced the return of JuniorHMA. It is an exhibition created especially for children and their families that encourages engagement with the museum’s collection.
Artwork selections will be from HMA’s extensive Southern Contemporary Folk Art collection. Paintings and sculptures will be installed at a kid-friendly height and accompanied by corresponding hands-on interactives.

Children will be able to create abstract and representational designs with giant LiteBrites, explore rural life with tractors and animals, color on a 4- x 24-foot coloring page, sculpt with blocks, invent new figures inspired by the collection, and more. “juniorHMA is an exhibition for the whole family. We are presenting folk art from our Permanent Collection in an engaging way that encourages exploration and fun. Teaching connection with art and the creative process is exactly what we strive to do and this exhibition offers that engagement all summer long,” said HMA Executive Director Clarissa Starnes.

“JuniorHMA” will be on view to the public from Saturday, May 13th through Sunday, July 30th in the Shuford Gallery. Museum operating hours are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. The opening day, May 13th, corresponds with the Foothills Folk Art Festival in downtown Newton NC. Spend a fun-filled, family-friendly day with folk art at Hickory Museum of Art and in Newton. The exhibition is sponsored by Shurtape, Beaver Family Foundation, and Broyhill Family Foundation. Visit for Festival details.