Visionary art is one of the least documented areas in the art world. It’s also one of the fastest growing areas of art, and the central thematic concern in Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations. Just in the last 10 years, we’ve seen three major museums open, dedicated to the world of outsider art -- in Beaumont, Texas, the Museum of Southeast Texas; in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the Jan Michael Kohler Center for the Arts; and in Baltimore, Maryland, the grandaddy of them all, The American Visionary Art Museum. Sadly, at the same time, visionary sites are disappearing at a rapid clip. As is so often the case, the artist passes on and the site falls into disrepair, and before long someone bulldozes it down, and a piece of our collective art consciousness is gone forever. And quite frankly, if it's been documented at all, it's often only due to luck and happenstance. Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations has become a serious repository of interviews and photographic documentation of a good number of these site, some of which are already gone.

Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations seeks out this world of the Visionary arts, and in a road show format, brings the artists and the artwork to the viewers of Public Television. Along the way, we mix in the odd and the unusual; the roadside attractions that we like to say "your father would never stop the car for," making a show not only about art, but one that we believe celebrates human creativity. And though it may be an unusual approach to a show about art, we think it attracts viewers who might never sit down to actually watch “a show about art!” We believe the correspondence sprinkled throughout this website is a testimonial to that.