Young Country: Rural Themes in Art

Exhibit Dates: 
Jan 16, 2012 - Feb 26, 2012
Salisbury University


Salisbury University Gallery & Atrium Gallery 

Lecture by Curator Maiza Hixson: Wednesday, February 22, 5pm
Reception: Wednesday, February 22, 6 - 8pm

Young Country is a traveling exhibition and is organized by the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, Delaware, and curated by  DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art Maiza Hixson. The show opened in Louisville, KY at the Quonset Hut and traveled to the University of the Arts' Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia in July 2011. This exhibition continues on at the Salisbury University Galleries in January of 2012 and will show at the DCCA in September 2012.
An exhibition devoted to rural themes in contemporary American art, Young Country specifically examines how artists living in such “far-flung” places as Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are re-defining ideas of “country” in America. The exhibition features artists who employ rural images and subjects such as horseracing, honkytonks, and homesteading, and addresses how the visual culture of geographic regions shapes perception and identity. Beyond folk or kitsch expression, the works in the exhibition are often critical and conceptual in origin and generate both a humorous and sober dialogue about individual understandings of history and place. 

The show features work by artists from Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Houston, TX, Seattle, WA, New York, NY, Lexington, KY and more. The show in Philadelphia will include more artists from across the U.S. and will continue to grow as it travels.