The Exhibition:
Plains Art Museum, through May 30, 2021

A multi-year project in creation that will result in a two-gallery exhibition and several programs, High Visibility: On Location in Rural America and Indian Country is diverse in content and media. Visitors will engage with installations, performance works, interdisciplinary work, alongside traditional 2 and 3-dimensional pieces chosen to reflect the myriad dialogues of perceptions, realities, and issues of rural life, as well as the social, cultural, and historical conditions which shape their expression.

This exhibition presents a diverse range of artworks, practices, and histories from rural America and Native Nations where rural location is sincerely central to the artist’s creative practice, with a primary but not exclusive focus on the Plains region. National and Regional multi-disciplinary contemporary artists include M12, Raven Chacon, Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin, Erika Nelson, Jason Vaughn, Aaron Spangler, Cannupa Hanska Luger, and Athena LaTocha.
High Visibility was collectively curated by Matthew Fluharty of Art of the Rural and the Plains Art Museum staff: Andrew J. Maus, Director and CEO; Netha Cloeter, Director of Education & Social Engagement; Tasha Kubesh, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections; and Joe Williams, Director of Community Education & Director of Native American Programs.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with continuing research and projects supported through its Curatorial Fellowship support of Matthew Fluharty. This project is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Director’s Welcome, Andrew J. Maus
Introduction, Matthew Fluharty

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Artists included in the exhibition:

Meghan Duda
One Mississippi [001], 2015 & Two Mississippi [014], 2020

Joe Harjo
Indian Holding a Weapon (Breath), 2019

Sabrina Hornung
Jackalope Valentine, 2016 

R.J. Kern
from The Unchosen Ones, ongoing 

Athena LaTocha
Buffalo Prairie (Slow Burn), 2019 

Marcus Lund
from Grandmother’s Instructions (for four future directions), 2020 

Shanai Matteson, Overburden/Overlook, 2020
Sara Pajunen, Mine Songs, 2020 

M12 Studio
Black Hornet #5 (Crush), 2020

Rural Aesthetic Initiative: Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin
Stoppage 1 (For Marcel), 2020

Chris Sauter
Family Oil Deposits: West Anderson Family, 2020

Spiritual Technologies Project
still image from A Charge To Keep

Xavier Tavera
Eva Mendez with Portrait of her Father, Crookston, 2017

Karl Unnasch
Husk, 2020

Josh Zeis
Return, 2016

High Visibility is a longterm, collaborative partnership between Art of the Rural, Plains Art Museum, and individuals & organizations across the continent. Please feel welcome to join us in this work.