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“Outsider Art in the Visitors Center”

June 14, 2019 - August 30, 2019


The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Mike’s Art Truck are hosting a summer exhibit and sale of folk art at the Alexander Dickson House in Hillsborough, NC. “Outsider Art in the Visitors Center” is a diverse collection of art from nine self-taught artists. The show is on display now through August 29, 2019, inside the historic building which houses the Hillsborough Visitors Center.

The artists who have brought forth this variety-pack of work are not well-known, and their art is not widely recognized. They have created their art without regard for – or regard from – the artistic establishment of galleries, museums, and magazines. For these reasons, they are truly outsiders. Starting from unique motivations and circumstances, these the artists developed their own styles and techniques.

The exhibit contains portraits by j.d. Sipe, the artist known as “theartist”, and Jim Shores, as well as social observations from “The Reverend Johnny Ace.” Artists Alyne Harris, Annie Wellborn, and Bennie Morrison pay tribute to memories of old ways and hard work, while Dede Spitz and Floria Yancey express aspirations and dreams of the future. A museum poster signed by Reverend Howard Finster represents a former outsider whose work was eventually recognized worldwide.

Exhibition artwork is available for purchase directly through Mike’s Art Truck. Prices have been reduced for local sales. Contact Mike’s Art Truck for information by email at, or visit their website at

The Alexander Dickson House and Hillsborough Visitors Center is located at 150 E. King St., in downtown Hillsborough. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public during regular visitor hours. Free parking is available. For more information about Historic Hillsborough, including the Visitors Center, please visit


Alexander Dickson House
150 E. King St.
Hillsborough, 27278
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