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New art exhibit celebrates agriculture

New art exhibit celebrates agriculture

”American Farmer” will run until the end of July

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

A new art exhibit is showcasing faces and images of American agriculture.

The “American Farmer” exhibit at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center in Tullahoma, Tenn. opened June 5 and will run until the end of July to help celebrate an important milestone in the state’s history.

“The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center chose this exhibit to celebrate the 225th birthday of Tennessee because agriculture is one our state’s main industries,” Joshua Cole, president of the arts center, told The Tullahoma News.

Tennessee joined the United States on June 1, 1796.

The exhibit includes 45 photos of farmers, crops and other imagery highlighting American farmers.

The photos include information about who the farmers are, what he or she produces and where they are from.

Other pictures are of items, including the remains of an American flag after Hurricane Rita hit Louisiana. This flag now hangs in a farmer’s barn.

Photographer Paul Mobley, who is known for his portraits of celebrities including Ringo Starr, Luke Bryan and Mike Tyson, captured the images in 2008 on a cross-country tour where he visited farm communities.

“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,” the exhibit’s description says.

Mobley’s collection of American Farmer photos will tour museums and colleges around the U.S. until 2022. has contacted Mobley and members of the U.S. ag community for comment.

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