Matthew Fluharty – Next Generation

Matthew Fluharty

Founder and Executive Director of Art of the Rural

Matthew Fluharty

Matthew Fluharty is the Founder and Executive Director of Art of the Rural, facilitator of its Middle Landscape projects, and a member of the M12 collective.


Matthew’s poetry and essays have been widely published in the US and abroad and are present in the field-establishing compendium A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier. His collaborations with M12 have recently been featured at the Santa Fe Art Institute, and his multidisciplinary collaboration with Jesse Vogler in the American Bottom region of the Mississippi River was recently the subject of an exhibition at the Central Features gallery in Albuquerque.


Matthew is the son of a fifth-generation farming family from the Ohio Valley. He holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Washington University in STL, where he recently served as Research Fellow in American Culture Studies.