Looking Back: Farm/Art DTour 2022

From October 1-10, 2022, thousands of rural residents & urban visitors came to their senses and came closer to the land we all depend on. They traveled the Farm/Art DTour: a self-guided excursion through 50 miles of scenic farmland in rural Sauk County, with trailheads in Plain and Sauk City, WI. Along the way, they saw artwork inspired by the land, heard songbirds and pasture performances, smelled fresh cut hay and campfires, discovered a country churchyard or roadside poetry around the next bend in the road, and enjoyed an abundance of local delicacies.

Read the 2022 DTour Guide

This 36-page literary zine of articles, artwork & poetry explored the themes of the 2022 Farm/Art DTour:

Meet the Artists

Twelve artists were commissioned to create new artworks for the 2022 DTour, working in a range of media. Austen Camille, Rosalynn Gingerich, Sarah Kavage, Bill Mitchell, Denise Rolland Troyer, Christopher Sweet and W. Scott Trimble were selected by a jury from more than 100 applicants following a widespread call for proposals. Additional invited artists Brenda Baker & Beth Persche, Christopher Lutter-Gardella, Hartmut Ringel, and Catherine Schwalbe also installed site-responsive artworks in farm fields along the 50-mile route.

The Farm/Art DTour has gone from regional novelty to a model for the emerging world of curbside culture. It took the restrictions of a pandemic to show what DTour visitors have known for many years now: the form has wheels. Already there have been drive-by shows staged on the East and West coasts. Having participated in one in LA, I can say that the difference is that of layers, of depth. Viewing art works outdoors is one thing; a DTour through the land and season is an altogether more poignant experience.”

Feed the Starter Culture

Inviting thousands to witness what farmers do every day, and imagine what they might do tomorrow, the DTour supports our region’s heritage, using the arts to spark curiosity about, and investment in, the future of farming and land stewardship. Your generosity supports this work and helps us keep our agri/cultural programs free for all.