2011 Hillsborough Sculpture Tour

Hillsborough Sculpture Tour 2011 has ended and its ballots are counted. Winner of the People's Choice for Hillsborough Sculpture Tour 2011 is "Jack", the donkey made from antique farm machinery and demolition scrap by Jonathan Bowling of Greensville, NC. Jack has stood proudly at Eagle Lodge Masonic Hall on King Street since April. Mr. Bowling received a $100 gift card from Hillsborough BBQ in recognition for his sculpting the People's Choice winner.


The Judges' Choice winner is "Stranger in a Strange Land" a welded steel and bronze globe with intricate additions to its interior and exterior. "Stranger" graced the lawn of the Hillsborough/Orange County Visitors Center. Charles Pilkey, who currently lives in Mint Hill, NC, but is a Hillsborough native son, sculpted "Stranger" and received a $100 gift certificate to Antonia's Restaurant for winning the Judges' Choice award.

Ballots for People's Choice were submitted on tour brochures collected at the Hillsborough/Orange County Visitors Center, Eno Gallery and the Hillsborough Arts Council. Email ballots were submitted in response to an article in the News of Orange County. Forty-three percent of the voters indicated they were Hillsborough residents, with votes also coming from 14 other North Carolina towns, and 8 other states.

Hillsborough Sculpture Tour 2011 was presented by the Hillsborough Arts Council with funding from the Town of Hillsborough Tourism Board, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.


A select group of juried contemporary sculptures exhibited in public areas in the heart of the historic district in downtown Hillsborough. This was the inaugural exhibition of contemporary public sculpture in Historic Hillsborough, North Carolina. Sculptures were available for sale.


A 3 judge panel selected the winning sculptures. The judges were Emily Kass, Director of the Ackland Art Museum; Jane Tyndall, owner of Tyndall Galleries; and Tinka Jordy, sculptor and co-owner of Eno Gallery.

The six sculptures selected by the jury were:


by Harry McDaniel

Asheville, NC


by Jonathan Bowling

Greenville, NC


by Karen Ives

Asheville, NC

"Oakleaf Horizon"

by Jim Gallucci

Greensboro, NC

"Out of Nature"

by Hanna Jubran

Grimesland, NC

"Stranger in a Strange Land"

by Charles Pilkey

Mint Hill, NC.

Each winner received an honorarium of $750. In addition to cash awards, at the closing of the tour two special awards were announced: The Judges Choice Award and The People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award was made based on votes by spectators who picked up ballots and maps at the Hillsborough Visitors Center.


Hillsborough Sculpture Tour 2011 opened April 16, the same day as the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Arts and Crafts Show. The sculptures remained on exhibit until the end of September.

All sculptures were outdoors within walking distance of downtown Historic Hillsborough. Locations included Historic Burwell School, Eagle Masonic Lodge, the Hillsborough Police Station, Turnip Patch Park, the Hillsborough Visitors Center, and the Orange County Historic Courthouse.

An artists reception was held at the Alexander Dickson House Sat. April 16th.  There were presentations by judges and the selected artists were awarded their honorariums. 


The Hillsborough Arts Council would like to thank all the members of the Sculpture Tour Committee and acknowledge the vision of Gail Cooley, the exhibitions founder and coordinator.


If you have questions or need any additional information:

Phone 919-643-2500

or email Gail Cooley