Arts and Rural America

Tracy Linder supplied this link: 

Minnesota farm country’s newest crop: the arts

I respond with this link:

When Farmers Rap, Magic Happens [VIDEO] 

Arts and Rural America

Conversations with the Land

Hi Everyone,
I am happy to announce that my work “Conversations with the Land” is being included in the “Creativity at Work” exhibit at Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Feb.21-May 24. I felt I should share it with you all because of the following passage on the invite….I certainly found it interesting. —Best, Tracy 
In 2011 and again in 2012, the staff at the professional networking site LinkedIn surveyed its members and found
the number one word they used to describe themselves was “creative.” While bloggers at LinkedIn
described the word as overused, perhaps it in fact reflects a shift in our culture’s attitudes and values regarding work.
We associate the word creativity with the arts. But, obviously, workers across the economic spectrum find
that creativity is an essential part of what they do. How do different kinds of workers, from musicians to software
developers to farmers, integrate creativity into their work? And how has technology boosted (or stifled) our ability to
think and perform creatively?
Author and urban studies theorist Richard Florida argues that creativity must be the fundamental driver
of our economy. Businesses that prioritize innovation have become the nation’s economic leaders, and, as science
writer Jonah Lehrer points out, some corporations are using science to create environments specifically designed to
trigger creativity.
Lehrer has written that moments of innovation often seem to occur out of the blue, as a flash of insight. But,
he explains, these moments usually follow a considerable amount of work, and precede revisions and reiterations.
Creativity and hard work are inextricably linked.
This multidisciplinary project considers that link—the connection between work and creativity—and its
impact on the American workplace through workshops, theatre, panel discussions, films and a visual arts exhibition.
Conversations with the Land

Tracy Linder: Blindsided

Tracy Linder: Blindsided
January 11– April 21, 2013
Artini Redux: agriCULTURE, February 21, 5-9 PM
Artist Reception & Gallery Talk: February 21, 7 PM
Creating Sustainable Food Systems: A Discussion & Reception, February 23, 3-5 PM

Missoula, MT / December 18, 2012 / Missoula Art Museum (MAM) / MAM is pleased to host the exhibit Blindsided, designed and installed by Molt, MT artist Tracy Linder. Blindsided addresses the artist’s deep rooted connection to the land and her belief in the sanctity of our food sources. Linder states, “For over twenty years, I have been exploring the cultural significance of agriculture and agribusiness along with the integral roles of science, humanity and philosophy.” The word “blindsided” brings to mind a phenomenon that catches us unawares, especially with a harmful or detrimental result. In the same way, we are often blindsided by information which addresses the artificial manipulation of agriculture and the food supply, sometimes very unexpectedly. Linder goes on to state, “My works are derived from living a life close to the land as I transform remnants of animal, plant, human, and machine into visceral hybrids that reveal the reciprocal relationships necessary to sustain life. I grew up on a farm and now live on the vast windswept prairie of south central Montana. It is a place where the life-cycle is revalent and death is commonplace. I prefer to consider the mass of these circumstances by looking at the individual; the source.”
The presence of nearly identical cow heads communicates multiplicity, reproduction, and identity. Constructed from cast cotton paper, fescue grass, and metal ear bands, Blindsided masterfully communicates a sense of cloning and the manipulation of nature. We are reminded that when everything is identical, we lose uniqueness. Linder continues, “The cyclical patterns embedded in time are inherent to my process. I create unique handmade multiples to emphasize timelessness. The survival instinct is a resource. It is true ‘all flesh is grass’ and I am always seeking to reveal the intermingled and interdependent relationships necessary to the survival of both the grass and the flesh.”
Linder is an experienced and skilled sculptor and in Blindsided her approach is simple and straightforward. Her decision to present an apparently sterile duplication of 100 identical cow heads speaks to us of identity lost. Linder confronts us with one white head after another revealing a darker reality: the underlying desire to create a uniform, streamlined, and inexpensive production line.
Linder has exhibited extensively in the region. She has an MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an MA from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Her artwork is present in numerous public collections throughout the region including Montana State University, Yellowstone Art Museum, and Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art.
MAM would like to thank Pat & Jeff Aresty for the sponsorship of Blindsidedand programs associated with this exhibition.
Contact:  For more information, please contact the Missoula Art Museum at 406.728.0447, visit the MAM website at www.missoulaartmuseum.orgor contact Stephen Glueckert, Exhibitions Curator,, 406.728.0447 x226.
Tracy Linder: Blindsided