Young Country is a traveling exhibition and is organized by the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, Delaware. The show opened in Louisville at the Quonset Hut and will be traveling to the University of the Arts' Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia from July 6-29, 2011. The exhibition reception in Philadelphia is July 6th and will coincide with a talk by Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, New York. An exhibition devoted to rural themes in contemporary American art, Young Country specifically examines how artists living in such “far-flung” places as Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are re-defining ideas of “country” in America. The exhibition features artists who employ rural images and subjects such as horseracing, honkytonks, and homesteading, and addresses how the visual culture of geographic regions shapes perception and identity. Beyond folk or kitsch expression, the works in the exhibition are often critical and conceptual in origin and generate both a humorous and sober dialogue about individual understandings of history and place. The show features work by artists from Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Houston, TX, Seattle, WA, New York, NY, Lexington, KY and more. The show in Philadelphia will include more artists from across the U.S. and will continue to grow as it travels.