Matthew Fluharty is a visual artist, writer, and field-based researcher living in Winona, Minnesota, a town placed along the Mississippi River. He is the Executive Director of Art of the Rural, a member of M12 Studio, and he serves on the council of Common Field.
Matthew’s poetry and essays have been widely published in the US and abroad and are present within the field-establishing publication A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier (Jam Sam, 2014), as well as in To Make a Public: Temporary Art Review 2011-2016.
His collaborations with M12 Studio have recently been featured at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe), and the Iowa State Fair. His multidisciplinary collaboration with Jesse Vogler in the American Bottom region of the Mississippi River was recently the subject of an exhibition at Central Features in Albuquerque and the recipient of a grant from the Mellon Foundation. He is currently working to enable community engaged environmental data networks in Winona and along the Mississippi River.