Rosemary Ollison

Portland, Arkansas 1943

Outsider artist Ollison was in her fifties before she began to draw and make art out of materials at hand. She made up for lost time, exhibiting her work late in life but widely, at the Outsider Art Fair in New York, for example, in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She also earned recognition and awards including the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship (2018) and City of Milwaukee Artist of the Year (2019). It was a long and hard journey from her childhood on an Arkansas plantation through an abusive marriage to finding her salvation and purpose in art in 1994.

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