Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery, formerly located on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, was founded by Jimmy Hedges (the third) as an outgrowth of his passion for Southern folklore and visionary, self-taught art. Following Jimmy's death in 2014, Hedges Projects became the successor entity to manage what is surely the world's largest collection of American Outsider Art, comprised of over 2400 objects across medium, period and geographic source of origin. Jimmy Hedges collected and worked with a broad array of artists including Southern, African American artists, self-taught artists, artists with mental and physical disabilities, and art made by those imprisoned. In 2016, Jim Hedges, IV along with his sons made a historic gift of The Jimmy Hedges Papers on Outsider Art to The Archive for American Art at The Smithsonian Museum. Jimmy Hedges' records form the basis for the largest database and curatorial research materials in the field and have been featured in exhibits at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Artists in the collection include: