From June through August, 2022, the inaugural 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial features over 25 contemporary artists working at the intersection of art and ecology. With a feminist, Indigenous approach, 4Ground draws on the more than 10,000-year tradition of Native land art created in the Upper Midwest of the United States. Visitors will experience the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, the scenic bluffs of the St. Croix Valley dividing Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the sprawling prairies, fertile farmland, and glacial lakes dominating most of the region.
The biennial serves as a fundamental and radical interrogation of place through a rural perspective and an experimental, collaborative approach to art-making and curating through co-creation and authorship. Central themes that will be explored in 4Ground include waterways as critical channels for communication and exchange, the re-creation of and education around Native land art that no longer exists (including burial mounds), raising awareness of areas of historic and Native significance, and education around crucial environmental issues, particularly in regards to Line 3 Pipeline expansion in the region.
Developed by Franconia Sculpture Park Director and Curator Ginger Shulick Porcella, 4Ground celebrates the art, land, and history of the rural Midwest while boosting tourism of the region through suggested road trips to experience site-specific land art. The festival also includes more than 30 free public programs and performances this summer.