The Annie Hooper collection

What am I doing in Raleigh, North Carolina?!

Researching the Canadian outsider art scene has led me down some very interesting paths. But that’s what it’s all about, right? So, now I’m in Raleigh, North Carolina to see the Annie Hooper exhibit. It’s a long way from home, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the collection before it’s moved into storage.

I had never heard of outsider artist, Annie Hooper, until I talked to Roger Manley, the Director of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at the University of NC.  I was making phone calls to people whose expertise is outsider art – curators, dealers, artists – and several people suggested that I get in touch with Roger. I told him about my particular interest in outsider art and he told me about Annie Hooper.

For a gal living on the west coast of Canada, I knew that Raleigh is “somewhere on the east coast of the USA” but I couldn’t be any more precise than that. However, I did locate it on the map and get myself here.

Many, many details about the exhibit to follow…