Plains Art Museum is one of the participating regional sponsors for American Craft Week, a 10-day celebration from Oct. 3-12. Related events offered at the Museum during the week include the FMVA Studio Crawl Preview, the community launch of Michael Strand’s Cuplomacy project, and the Museum’s annual kick off for its popular Kid Quest series.
FMVA Studio Crawl Preview – Now through Oct. 12
The Museum is currently exhibiting 36 works by artists taking part in the 11th annual Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl, held Oct. 4-5. The FMVA exhibition closes Oct. 12. For more, visit www.fmva.org.
Cuplomacy: To Washington D.C. …Love, Fargo – Oct. 4, 5
Michael Strand is engaging in a proactive project to invite U.S. senators to cut through the barriers to conversation and share a cup of coffee across the aisle. Strand, Head of the Department of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, will be at Plains Art Museum during the FMVA Studio Crawl on Oct. 4-5 to involve the community in a series of activities that will illuminate how we collectively value dialog in everyday life and our reflections on the health of our political system. Strand has also created a platform to involve the community to provide ideas and input on the design of two distinct sets of cups and saucers, one for Democrats and one for Republicans. Museum admission is free during the FMVA Studio Crawl weekend.
The finished cups, designed by the community and created by Strand, will be delivered in 2015 to each senator by a citizen of their state as a mismatched set—with a cup from the respective party and a saucer from the “other” party. Senators will be asked to share in a cup of coffee with someone not in their party and swap saucers. “Hopefully, the completed set will become a gentle reminder of the importance of sitting down face-to-face,” Strand says. “It’s a simple gesture, but right now, simple sounds like a good place to start. For more, visit www.cuplomacy.com.
Kid Quest – Oct. 11
The first Kid Quest for the 2014-15 season takes place on Oct. 11, 1-4 p.m. in the Center for Creativity with “Treasure Nest.” Participants will craft a nest from clay and personalize it with twigs, dried flowers, and other found objects. Kid Quest is a free, family-oriented event made possible by a grant from Excel Energy, with additional support from The Village Family Magazine and Minnesota Public Radio. Kid Quest is offered monthly from October through April. For more, visit our Kid Quest registration page.
For more detail on American Craft Week and area events, visit www.americancraftweekfm.com.View Event
Plains Art Museum spotlights the 24 full-time studio art instructors at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University in Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show. Each artist is displaying a group of works, and the show covers an array of styles and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, mixed-media, photography, and installation art.
“Art Boom recognizes the contributions of these higher ed institutions in establishing the foundation for the visual arts in Fargo-Moorhead and acknowledges the current faculty’s continued influence on the arts community,” said Becky Dunham, the Museum’s curator.
The opening reception is Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5-7- p.m., with pizza, appetizers, beverages and cash bar. The event is free for members and Tri-college students, $10 for nonmembers. Art Boom runs through Jan. 4, 20
Art Boom artists
Concordia: David Boggs, Heidi Goldberg, Ross Hilgers, Michael Marth, Mark Sorgaard
MSUM: Brad Bachmeier, Donald Clark, Meghan Duda, Zhimin Guan, Loral Iverson-Hannaher, Carl Oltvedt, Jim Park, Sherry Short, Kelli Sinner, Patrick Vincent, Chris Walla
NDSU: Nate Booth, Kimble Bromley, Kent Kapplinger, Meghan Kirkwood, Su Legatt, Daniel Siverson, David Swenson, Michael Strand
On Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., Plains Art Museum hosts “Art School 3.0” with Museum Director Colleen Sheehy and three leaders of the art departments at NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia College—Michael Strand, Kelli Sinner, and Peter Schultz. The panel will discuss the exhibit and share insights on the state of college art departments and future trends. The event is free and open to the public.
Faculty Showcase Gallery Talks will be offered in December. The free talks start at 1 p.m. and last a half-hour. Dates and topics are Dec. 2, Paintings; Dec. 4, Photography; Dec. 9, Ceramics and Sculpture; and Dec. 11, Prints and Drawings.
The exhibition and related events are made possible through sponsorship by The Forum, the newspaper of Fargo-Moorhead, and a funding from Tri-College University.View Event
A new show opening at Plains Art Museum in collaboration with Fraser, Ltd. features two accomplished artists who share vivid styles along with personal histories of autism. VIVID: The Art of Seth Chwast and Dietrich Sieling opens Thursday, Sept. 25, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with light appetizers, desserts, beverages, and cash bar. The show runs through April 5, 2015.
Chwast, 31, from Cleveland, Ohio, and Sieling, 26, from Minneapolis, Minn., are both full-time prolific artists who exhibit their works regularly in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. VIVID focuses primarily on the artists’ paintings, drawings, and sculpture. United in their strong emphasis on the formal qualities of line, color, and pattern, these young artists also share a stunning inventiveness in subject matter. Both artists also have mothers who are strong advocates for their sons, who have each found ways to document their families’ respective stories to share how discovering innate talents has allowed their sons to lead full, creative lives.
Debra Chwast produced a short documentary on her son’s experiences which led to appearances on the Today Show, NPR and PBS, as well as solo exhibits. She has also published a memoir of their journey, “An Unexpected Life: A Mother and Son’s Story of Love, Determination, Autism and Art.” The Chwasts will hold a book signing at the Fargo Barnes & Noble on Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a presentation on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon at the NDSU Renaissance Hall, which is free and open to the public.
Sieling’s mother, Shelli Ainsworth, is a long-time filmmaker who wrote and directed “Stay Then Go,” a feature film released in 2014 inspired by their relationship. Filmed in Minneapolis, the fictional movie portrays a mother learning to adapt to her son’s autism. Ainsworth’s short films have appeared on PBS and at festivals and museums worldwide, and she is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NEA, ITVS and the Bush, Jerome and McKnight Foundations. “Stay Then Go” received the Pioneering Women in Screenwriting award at the 2014 Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.
Plains Art Museum is organizing the VIVID exhibition together with Fraser, Ltd., North Dakota’s longest-serving nonprofit organization which provides programs, services, and support to children, youth, and adults on their life journeys to independence.
This project is supported in part by FM Area Foundation, TransCanada, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference Center.View Event
Plains Art Museum is hosting an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 16, with a talk by international artist Mark Dion, followed by an evening of previews of upcoming events and classes. The talk and open house are free and open to the public.
“Nurse Logs, Giant Gulls, and Cave Bears: The Curious Public Art of Mark Dion,” begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Museum’s third floor. Dion will provide insights into his process of gaining commissions and creating engaging public spaces and sculptures. His public art projects are in Seattle, New York City, Philadelphia, Norway, and England, among other locations. He has exhibited at London’s Tate Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, and was featured on the PBS series art:21.
The open house is from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., and is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the Museum’s creative offerings for individuals, families, educators, and groups/organizations.
Curator Becky Dunham will provide a preview of upcoming exhibitions at 6:45 p.m. in the first floor Presentation Center. At 7:15 p.m., staff will give a tour of the Pollinator Garden at the Plains, and also offer fall class information, demos of print-making and ceramics, and hands-on art activities for adults and children in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.
Visitors are encouraged to take in the exhibition Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters, which closes Sept. 21, and see the works of Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists in the FMVA Studio Crawl Preview, opening Sept. 13.
Contact 701-551-6100 for more information. Join the Fall Open House event on Facebook
We are pleased to announce the election of Carol Rogne as the new board chair of Plains Art Museum. Carol is the founder and president/CEO of DFC Consultants, Ltd., which marked its 25th anniversary in 2014. She has grown DFC into a leading business software sales company with three offices throughout North Dakota.
Carol is an art collector and an artist, and since joining the board in 2012 has brought great energy and keen insights to the Museum governance. She also serves as vice president of the Sanford Health Foundation.
We are grateful to former board chair Julie Burgum for her service, and her continued participation as a board member. We also extend a heartfelt thank you to Joan Justesen for her contributions and service to our board. While Joan is officially retiring from the board, she will continue to take part in special projects.
Cheri Schoenfish and Brian Halverson both joined the board this summer for three-year terms.
Cheri is a human resources director at Microsoft, where she oversees the Skype learning and development team with members in six countries across seven locations. She also currently serves on the Dickinson State University Foundation board.
Brian is a trust officer and board member at Heartland Trust Company. The Fargo native graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in Art Studio. Brian’s service on our board brings together his avid interests in the arts and finance.View Event