Joel SartoreHickory – Catawba Valley Camera Club and Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) present An Evening with Joel Sartore on Saturday, October 14. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition ENDANGERED: Joel Sartore Retrospective, on view through February 25, 2018 at HMA.

An Evening with Joel Sartore will feature a two-part ticketed event beginning with the exhibit reception with the artist in HMA’s 2nd floor Coe Gallery from 6 – 7:30 PM. A second ticketed opportunity to interact with the artist will take place in The SALT Block’s Drendel Auditorium at 7:30 PM where the artist will present his most iconic animal photographs. The evening will culminate in a book-signing where ticket-holders will be encouraged to return to the Coe Gallery to spend more time with this striking exhibit installation.

Artist reception, talk, and book signing tickets are $40 for HMA or Camera Club Members and $60 for non-members. Tickets for the just the artist talk and book signing are $15 for HMA or Camera Club Members and $20 for non-members. Student tickets to the talk and book signing are $8; a valid student ID is required at door. To purchase tickets online, go to or if preferred, purchase in person at the museum.

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic.

Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving. He is the founder of The Photo Ark, a multi-year documentary project to save species and habitat.  In his words, “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”

Sartore_ButterflyMigrationJoel has written several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky, and Let’s Be Reasonable. His most recent book, The Photo Ark is now available wherever books are sold.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. Joel and his work are the subjects of several national broadcasts including National Geographic’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range, and a regular contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. He is also featured in a three part series on PBS titled: RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark.

ENDANGERED: Joel Sartore Retrospective features 55 photographic prints and 75 projected images from his extensive career. Half of the prints and all of the projected images are from The Photo Ark – studio-style portraits of the world’s captive species (species under human care) photographed against a white or black background. Sartore writes, “Isolating the animals against black and white backgrounds allows us to look them in the eye and see that these creatures contain beauty, grace, and intelligence.”

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 or call 828-327-8576.

Joel Sartore

Butterfly Migration, ©Joel Sartore