Arts Commission announced keynote speaker for Indiana Arts Homecoming

IAC-Press Release

August 14, 2017


Rex Van Zant

Director of Marketing and Communications


Arts Commission announces keynote speaker for Indiana Arts Homecoming

(Indianapolis, Indiana) The Indiana Arts Commission announced today that Matthew Fluharty will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural convening Indiana Arts Homecoming October 4 - 6, 2017 at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

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 MNArtists 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 Mellon Foundation.

He is currently working with HereLab to enable community engaged environmental networks in Winona and along the Mississippi River.

"Matthew's talent and experience fit perfectly with the theme of our convening, 'Community Engagement: Ideas, Stories and Change That Matters'," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director.

Registration for the Indiana Arts Homecoming is $75 per person, and space is limited. Register online at

Online registration will close September 20, 2017.

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.