Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art
In 2007, a group of volunteers founded the museum. David City is the hometown of Regionalist artist Dale Nichols. Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art (Bone Creek) is the nation’s only exclusively agrarian art museum presenting agrarian art exhibitions and related educational events; artist talks and panel discussions; art workshops; and humanities presentations. Exhibitions have highlighted both the heritage and current themes in rural and farm life.
After back and forth conversations with the artists and the Bone Creek curator, the title for the exhibition came to be none other than its core focus… CORN. With little to no art direction, I researched the two featured artists, Margaret Berry of Lincoln, and Cathi Schwalbe of Chicago and read their string of emails. Each of the artist’s work is very unique for the same subject matter. Margaret’s expressions use encaustic techniques, while Cathi takes a sculptural approach. Both artists have deep roots in history and the Midwest. I wanted the print collateral to feel human and worn with textures and layers of information, playing with vintage type as one would find on an old corn seed bag. The group of cornstalks are conversational and symbolic of the social gathering.