Chelsea District Library is proud to present the American Farmer exhibition, a program of ExhibitsUSA and The National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored in part by GreenStone Farm Credit Services.
American Farmer celebrates the living spirit of our heartland through the faces and voices of the people who keep it alive. Featuring forty-five full-color and black-and-white portraits and interviews with farmers across the United States—from cattle ranchers to strawberry growers—American Farmer tells the honest and inspiring stories of the true stewards of our land.
When photographer Paul Mobley set out to capture the soul of our country’s farm communities, he encountered an enduring rural culture that remains rooted in the principles of tradition, family, integrity, and hard work. Crisscrossing the country, from Alaska to Florida, Mobley and his camera were welcomed time and time again into the homes of hundreds of farm families. Visit after visit, Mobley came to know the independent farmer’s spirit from both behind the lens and across the dinner table. He sought the elusive spirit of agriculture, looking for subjects that mirrored the project’s sense of risk and independence. The resulting images show farmers with a strong sense of where they belong in the universe, a close connection to the land and their day-to-day work as it affects the rest of the world.
Gallery Hours:Mondays | 5–8:30pmWednesday–Fridays | 10am–5pmSaturdays | 1–4:30pmSundays | 1–5pm
In support of this exhibition, we are offering the following programs. Click on each one for more information.Farmer Jason at the Market (Saturday, September 8)Rockin’ on the Farm (Saturday, September 8)Centennial Farm Talk (Tuesday, September 25)Making Conservation Work for You (Wednesday, October 3)