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.
Artists use air to create large-scale sculpture
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
Showcasing the interactive university team mascot books
Loose, abstract paintings reflect a new style after surgery and partial paralysis
Immersive installation of a landscape painting includes sight, sound, and smell, a giant coloring book, and more
Works of art accompanied by artist's letters to the museum's founder
19 winning photos from the Catawba Valley Camera Club