The Hickory Museum's collection concentrates in the area of American art. The Museum holds approximately 1,500 objects in the Collection.
Notable holdings of Hudson River School artists include Cole, Haseltine, Samuel Colman, Jr., Durand, Bricher, Hart, Whittredge, , Smillie, Kensett, McIlhenney, and Herman Geyer. Many North Carolina artists are represented in the collection, including Romare Bearden.
Additionally, Southern Contemporary Folk Art is well represented, with note than 250 pieces of Southern regional self-taught art. The American Art Pottery and Studio Art Glass collection includes examples produced by Rookwood, Roseville, Tiffany, Weller, and Van Briggle.
55 prints highlight environmental threats
Works acquired over the last three years
30 folk art animal sculptures
Original b&w and full-color cartoons, illustrations, fine art paintings, and collages
Explore how artists depict and incorporate reflective surfaces into their work
Showcasing the interactive university team mascot books
Photographs and artifacts document a society's history of protecting architecturally significant neighborhoods