INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Arts Commission announced that Matthew Fluharty will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural convening Indiana Arts Homecoming Oct. 4 - 6 at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis.
Fluharty is a visual artist, writer, and field-based researcher living in Winona, Minnesota. He founded Art of the Rural to recognize, preserve and grow many aspects of rural culture. He holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.
Fluharty's poetry and essays have been widely published in the United States and abroad, and are present within the field-establishing publication "A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier," as well as in "To Make Public: Temporary Art Review 2011 - 2016." His essay "Burn the Maps: Considering Rural-based Art and Cultural Practice," was commissioned by Mn Artists and the Walker Art Center for their convening Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age.
In addition to being Executive Director of Art of the Rural, Fluharty is a member of M12 Studio, and serves on the national council of Common Field. His collaborations with M12 Studio have recently been featured at the Santa Fe Institute, the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Art, and the Iowa State Fair. His collaboration with Jesse Vogler in the American Bottom region of the Mississippi River was recently the subject of an exhibition at Central Features in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.