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Agriculture and Rural Life

Michigan's Heritage Barns:
An Artist's Perspective



"Nice cross section of Michigan barns and presentation."
"Keep the legacy going."
"Excellent way to preserve our heritage." —Visitor comments, Michigan Week Celebration, Sturgis, MI


The great variety of barns in Michigan reflects the diversity within our agricultural heritage. Through 22 black and white barn portraits, Mary Keithan presents barns as works of art. A native of rural Pennsylvania, Keithan is now a resident of northern Macomb County, Michigan and has received degrees in fine art from Pennsylvania State University and Hunter College. This exhibition also includes labels, written by members of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, that help visitors understand how barns reflect both the state's agricultural history and the cultural diversity of the individuals and communities that built them. Text panels also highlight today's challenges of preserving these structures.


This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites: Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI; Brandon Township Library, Ortonville, MI; Clawson School District, Clawson, MI; Gallery 194, Lapeer Center for the Arts, Lapeer, MI; Hillsdale County Fair, Hillsdale, MI; Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison, MI; Montcalm Community College, Sidney, MI; National Draft Horse Expo, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI; St. Joseph County Grange Fair, Centreville, MI; Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, Sturgis, MI; Trenton Cultural Center, Trenton, MI; Williamston Depot Museum, Williamston, MI; Tecumseh Area Historical Museum, Tecumseh, MI; William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba, MI; Michigan Great Lakes International, Inc., East Lansing, MI; Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI; Baraga County Fair, Pelkie, MI; Scottville Mainstreet, Scottville, MI; Oakland County Parks & Recreation, Ellis Barn, Waterford, MI; Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI; Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb Community College, Clinton Twp., MI; Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI.

  Rental fee (8-week period): $800, plus shipping
  Number of pieces: 22
  Running feet required: 40 - 60 ft.
  Insurance Value: $7,200
  Security requirement: Lockable, limited access display area; provisions to prevent the public from touching pieces; fire protection according to local ordinances.
  Additional materials available: Press materials. Related programs and information available through Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the MSU Museum. MSU Press has published Michigan Heritage Barns: Photographs by Mary Keithan.

This traveling exhibition is an Agricultural Heritage Program activity of the Michigan State University Museum made possible with the generous financial and in-kind support of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Michigan Barn Preservation Network, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Michigan Humanities Council, and National Endowment for the Humanities.For information

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PICTURED: Mary Keithan in the field with her camera.
[inset]: Masonic barn, southeast Michigan.
Photo by Mary Keithan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



 

 


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