Barns: Preserving Agricultural Heritage

Barns: Preserving Agricultural Heritage

ON VIEW: December 12, 2020 – July 25, 2021

Barns are iconic features in our rural landscape. If you live in Jackson County, or any part of the Midwest, you might be so accustomed to barns that you may no longer notice them. But there are some who have never stopped looking at and appreciating their unique architecture and histories. These artists, historic preservationists, and multi-generational farmers are dedicated to documenting and sharing their stories. This exhibition highlights some of the organizations, artists, and methods focused on capturing the unique beauty and history of these agricultural icons.

This exhibition was developed in collaboration with:

  • Doug Jones and The Clint Barrett Memorial South Central Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey Project
  • Julie Avery PhD; and retired as a Curator of Rural Life & Culture, MSU Museum
  • With assistance from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network
  • Community Artists:
    • Coley Kennedy
    • Mary Tallman
    • Cornell Sample II