Artist Brian Fink lays out a case for doing contemporary art in a rural community. Fink moved from New York to Mankato, Minnesota, where they renovated a 9,000 square foot former poor house into living and gallery/work space. “The rural aesthetic is based on horizon lines, on kind of the opposite of ‘the edge.’ It’s not like an urban environment that has a specific geography, with borders. Rural America has a specific geography with no borders,” Fink says.

A message from the Rural Assembly