High Visibility

On Location in Rural America and Indian Country

Raven Chacon, American Ledger No. 2, 2019;  pyrograph on wood, fabricated in partnership
with North Dakota State University’s School of Design, Architecture and Art, Tasha Kubesh and Laura Youngbird

High Visibility is a longterm, collaborative partnership between Art of the Rural, Plains Art Museum, and individuals & organizations across the continent. Through exhibitions, publications, podcasts, and place-based programs, our aim over time is to boldly reframe the narrative on rural America and Indian Country and to welcome sustained rural-urban exchange.

In its various efforts, High Visibility welcomes a diverse range of art works, practices, and histories. Our collaborative work aims to spark a national reappraisal of the critical and cultural dynamics within contemporary visual art and socially-engaged practice in rural and Indigenous communities – and provide much needed cultural context in a moment of heightened anxiety on the rural-urban divide.

High Visibility launched with an exhibition at the Plains Art Museum, a gathering of artists, artisans, and culture bearers that was on view through May 30, 2021. This exhibition also coincided with the launch of the High Visibility podcast and the wide distribution of the first issue of the free High Visibility newspaper.