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Metaregionalism, Lyndsay Audra Nissen Jan 2015

Metaregionalism, Lyndsay Audra Nissen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

I have coined the term MetaRegionalism to describe current art practices in the Midwest that are inspired in various ways by the forms, ideologies, and histories of Regionalism. One of the main concerns of the Depression-era Regionalist movement was to create art that reflected the values of American regional culture. The Regionalist movement was pervaded by ideas of conservation, preservation, and celebration of these localities. This paper concentrates on Regionalism in Iowa, drawing connections between it and the various current social, political and artistic expressions that I have deemed "MetaRegionalist", including my own work.

As my graduate thesis, the paper ...