Big Art Event in Manawa Wisconsin: The Great Poor Farm Experiment III

Great Poor Farm Experiment III, August 5, 6, 7, 2011. E6325 County Highway BBManawa, WI 54949

Artists Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam co-direct The Suburban, an amazing artist project space the two run out of their garage in Oak Park IL.  Recently they expanded their art tentacles into Wisconsin by developing the Poor Farm–a year-long exhibition space and informal artist residency program– located on an abandoned Poor Farm in Manawa WI . For the past few years Grabner and Killam have hosted an annual event–Great Poor Farm Experiment –on the first weekend of August to showcase projects. This year the Great Poor Farm Experiment happens August 5, 6, and 7th. This weekend!

Grabner and Killam are based in Chicago, and the city benefits regularly from their efforts. I like to think that with the Poor Farm, we Wisconsinites are being offered a special invitation to get involved. There is a lot going on there. See the impressive list of international artists currently carrying out projects and the schedule of  performances for this weekend.

Poor Farm

For those of you who make the long drive this weekend to check out the Poor Farm, when you return be sure to fill me in on your experience and your impressions by posting comments.

Click here to see a commercial for the Poor Farm. I loved it.

Poor Farm Address

E6325 County Highway BB

Manawa, WI 54949

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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