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The Orange County Public Library is committed to supporting the arts, sharing ideas and strengthening the Orange County community through the regular exhibition of local artwork. Each year, the Main Library displays artwork from the Orange County Schools in April and May, as well as 4 to 5 additional juried exhibitions.

Current Exhibit  |  Call for Entries March 2015  |  Art Policy


Folk Art from Mike's Art Truck, Jan-Mar 2015


Orange County Main Library

137 W. Margaret Ln; Hillsborough, NC 27278 View Map

Phone (919) 245-2525; Fax (919) 644-3003

Current Exhibit

Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck

Learn more: Saturday, 1/10/2015, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Greg and Karen Mack of Mike's Art Truck will be at the library to answer questions and discuss the exhibit.

The OCPL Main Library is currently hosting a 60-piece exhibition of folk art from January 10 through March 14, 2015 in Hillsborough.

“Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck” is the library’s second exhibition curated by Hillsborough residents Greg and Karen Mack of the virtual gallery Mike’s Art Truck. The show will spotlight two artists, James Dean and Sam Ezell, and will include artwork from a variety of other self-taught artists.

“Pete the Cat: New Paintings by James Dean” will focus on the artist behind the popular children’s book character “Pete the Cat”. A self-taught artist, James Dean painted his cat Pete doing ordinary and extraordinary things long before the iconic blue cat hit the bookshelves. Dean has created eleven new paintings for this show.

“Picture Hillsborough: New Paintings by Sam Ezell” will present new work from this self-taught artist whose hometown is Hillsborough, NC. Ezell has created 15 paintings of local historic buildings and residences that will be seen here for the first time.

Filling out this exhibition will be a selection of work from self-taught artists Ab the Flagman, Julio Balan, Brian Dowdall, Chris Erskine, bailey jack, Ernest Lee, j.d. Sipe, and Willie Willie.

Exhibition artwork will be available for purchase directly through Mike’s Art Truck. Longtime collectors of “outsider art” & friends of many artists, the Macks founded Mike’s Art Truck to promote and sell the work of self-taught living artists. Mike’s Art Truck has no physical gallery location, and the truck is only an imaginary one driven by their cat Mike. Artwork is shown through cooperation with other galleries and businesses, and displayed and sold online at


Call for Art Entries

Juried Art Exhibit for May 15, 2015 – August 1, 2015


Submission: March 25th, 2015
Notification: April 3rd , 2015
Installation of Art: the week of May 11th, 2015

Details and Application (pdf)