The "Chickens! In the Visitor Center" exhibit is open in Hillsborough from Nov. 29 through Feb. 27, 2020.

The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Mike’s Art Truck are pleased to present paintings by outsider artist “Chicken Man” Ernest Lee at the Alexander Dickson House in Hillsborough, NC. “Chickens! In the Visitors Center” is a new collection from the legendary folk artist whose “funky chickens” first came to Hillsborough in 2016. The chickens are on display November 29, 2019, through February 27, 2020, inside the historic building which houses the Hillsborough Visitors Center.

Self-taught artist Ernest Lee, known by everyone as "Chicken Man," can be found with a big grin on his face, painting and selling his signature chickens on the streets of downtown Columbia, SC. A talented artist who has been painting and drawing many subjects since childhood, Ernest Lee owes his fame to the “funky chickens” that he paints in all sorts of colors and costumes dancing around on their little stick legs. His wacky chicken paintings on scrap wood have become classic souvenirs of Columbia, SC, & the University of South Carolina (home of the “Gamecocks”). Lee parks the colorful trailer that serves as his art studio and store on a vacant lot within walking distance of the campus. His enterprise gets in the way of urban development from time to time, but his fans have always rallied to his defense. After being turned away, it doesn’t take long for Chicken Man to find a street that welcomes him, and he has become a local tourist attraction.

Exhibition artwork is available for purchase directly through Mike’s Art Truck. 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