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Philip Mus exhibition showcases military and tourism artifacts

Intern curators Sydney Ball (left) and Lilly Underwood (right) pose in front of Philip Moose's painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains on July 28, 2022 at the Hickory History Center in Hickory, NC. (Madison Lipe/The Hickory Daily Record via PA)

Intern curators Sydney Ball (left) and Lilly Underwood (right) pose in front of Philip Moose’s painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains on July 28, 2022 at the Hickory History Center in Hickory, NC. (Madison Lipe/The Hickory Daily Record via PA)

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Designed to reveal the individual through his work, the exhibition puts the life of Philip Musa at the center of attention in artefacts and paintings.

An exhibition at the Hickory History Center (also known as the Harper House) takes visitors on a journey through the life of the late Newton-born artist Moose, beginning with his days in the United States Army.

The elk was shipped to Bury St Edmunds, England during World War II, and the green display walls hold sketches from the area while he was overseas from 1942 to 1945.

A colorful piece, created in watercolor or gouache, hangs in the center of his charcoal sketches. The painting is titled “Inside Hut 14” and allows visitors to take a peek into Elk’s military barracks.

Sydney Ball, an intern curator and student at the University of Kentucky, explained that Moose worked as a radio engineer overseas with the Army Air Forces.

Moose later taught art at Davidson College and later at Queens College in Charlotte. The exhibition features photographs of Moose throughout his teaching experience, as well as his travel passport, which was an important part of his life.

During his journey to higher education, Moose received a Fulbright Scholarship that sent him to study for a full year in what was then West Germany. He also spent a month studying in Taiwan.

Musa’s study abroad section features his scholarship certificates as well as artifacts, including personalized Taiwanese ink stamps.

In 1967, Moose went on a trip during which he visited Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, the Balkans, Europe (including the Greek islands), Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, India , Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji and others.

In his later years, Moose returned to North Carolina. He settled in Blowing Rock, where he often painted pictures of mountain landscapes.

Hidden in the right corner of the exhibition is a large painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains sitting on an easel used by Moose. Also featured is the reference image he used for the piece.

Moose eventually returned home to Newton, where…

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