From September 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018, I participated in a local exhibition at the Rochester Art Center. Homegrown is a show literally for everyone. In the democratic spirit that anyone can be an artist, anyone who created a work on a RAC provided 2’ x 2’ board was included in the exhibition. This exhibition of local and regional artistic work creates an open and inclusive setting for the broad range of artworks created in the region.

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Homegrown: 2′ x 2′

Homegrown is a conversation; a bold and joyous proclamation of inclusivity based on the teachings of the seminal artist Joseph Beuys, who believed everyone is an artist because all people have a fundamental and innate ability to create. You will find creativity at work as each artist has manifested something different on the uniform 2′ x 2′ boards provided by the Rochester Art Center. Everyone who returned a board back to RAC is part of this exhibition, there is no judge or jury, all are included. Nearly 100 boards are here – providing wonderment at the inventiveness of our neighbors and inspiration to go out and create more.

Thank you to Homegrown sponsors, People’s Food Coop and Renewing the Countryside/FEAST!

Special thanks to Homegrown coordinator Niki Havekost and to dedicated volunteers Chris Rackley, Mary Beth Maygar, Crist Dahl, Kjellgren Alkire, Simon Huelsbeck and Matt Winkler.

This exhibition has been made possible by support from the City of Rochester, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Mayo Clinic, and the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
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