Call for Entries! Museum Seeks Community Collections from North of Normal

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Call for Entries! Museum Seeks Community Collections from North of Normal

Are you driven by a passion to find just the right item to add to your collection? Then Plains Art Museum wants to hear from you! Community members are invited to share the wonderful, weird, or wacky treasures that define their personal tastes as collectors in a new show: Community Collections from North of Normal, which will be on view from Oct. 23, 2015 to Feb. 6, 2016. 

About the Exhibition
“Inspired by our upcoming 40th anniversary and role as a collecting institution, Plains Art Museum will showcase unusual and interesting collections from the area,” said Curator Becky Dunham. “This celebration of the art of collecting will focus on non-art items such as tools, household goods, sporting equipment, jewelry, toys, music, books, nature (insects, rocks) and so on—basically anything individuals find collectible, from everyday things to the outright eccentric.” The title of the exhibition is inspired by the new brand slogan ‘North of Normal,’ unveiled earlier this year by the Fargo Moorhead Convention and  Visitors Bureau.

Submission Guidelines – Entries due July 31, 2015
To submit a collection for consideration, please send a completed Community Collections Submission Form and up to three digital images according to the instructions at bit.ly/plainscc. Submissions are due July 31, 2015, and notification of acceptance will be sent by Sept. 14. Collectors must be able to deliver their collections to the Museum between Oct. 12 and 16. For more information, visit www.plainsart.org.

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Summer events and programs

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Summer events and programs

Here’s a look ahead at upcoming events and programs for July and August 2015:

Julie Buffalohead Reception and Creative Voices Artist Talk
Thursday, July 9, 6:30-8 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.

The Creative Voices talk offered at 7 p.m. is a conversation between Julie Buffalohead and Christina Chang, organizer of the Coyote Dreams exhibition and Curator of Engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul. Reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Supported by funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Narrative Vocabulary Workshop with Julie Buffalohead
Friday, July 10, 10 a.m.-Noon

Julie Buffalohead will lead this session for building visual vocabulary and generating characters in art that help tell a story or craft a narrative. Bring a sketchbook and drawing materials. Free for Native artists, $25 for other artists. Register at www.plainsart.org.

Supported by funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Summer Ceramics Sale & Art Fair
Thursday, July 16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Find unique ceramic works by multiple professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors at the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity. Plus, discover offerings by artists who work in other media, from painting to printmaking and more. Additional afternoon activities from 1 to 5 p.m. include a kid-friendly Pollinator Party: meet Buzz Lab interns, take tours, and create a work of art inspired by the Museum’s Pollinator Garden, plus Pie Project Fargo will provide pie (while supplies last). Free and open to the public.

FMVA Visual Talk with Tim Lamey
Thursday, July 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

A 2014 change to the drilling permit review process in western North Dakota requires additional review and public comment for a number of areas of extraordinary interest. Hear from artist Tim Lamey about his ongoing photography project to capture the unique qualities of the areas of extraordinary interest and contrast them with surrounding oil development. Sponsored by Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists; free and open to the public.

The Oil Project presented by Theatre B and Plains Art Museum
Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14, Noon and 7 p.m. both days

Leading up to the closing of the Bakken Boom exhibition on August 15, The Oil Project is an original hour-long theater performance about the changes happening in western North Dakota. Theatre B performers will use interviews, published reports, stories and music to create this collaborative work, premiering at the Museum. Free and open to the public.

Creative Voices Artist Talk with Denise Lajimodiere
Thursday, August 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Artist Denise Lajimodiere will talk about the lost art of birch bark biting, a nearly extinct centuries-old practice that was once common among Native American artisans. Free and open to the public.

Supported by funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

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Plains Art Museum CEO accepts arts leadership role in Twin Cities

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Plains Art Museum CEO accepts arts leadership role in Twin Cities

ColleenThe bad news: Colleen is leaving us for the big city. The good news: She’s giving us lots of lead time, up to October. She’s done amazing things for Plains Art Museum, and we are grateful. Definitely a “glad for her/sad for us” kind of day. Here’s the official story:

Plains Art Museum Director/CEO Colleen Sheehy has accepted the role of president/executive director of Public Art Saint Paul, an arts organization that guides public art projects and programs in Minnesota’s capital city.

The appointment starts July 1 and will initially be part-time until early October, allowing Sheehy to complete projects and lead through this transition period at the Museum. Following Sheehy’s departure in October, Museum CFO Mark Henze will assume the duties of interim CEO until a new leader is on board. Sheehy started with Plains Art Museum in 2008, and previously was the education director at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

“I care deeply about Plains Art Museum and the Fargo-Moorhead community.  It’s been a wonderful journey for seven years, working with our board, staff, donors and supporters, artists, and other area organizations,” Sheehy said. “Over the next few months, I’ll be preparing for the Museum’s upcoming 40th anniversary in October, opening a major show of Picasso ceramics.”

Under Sheehy’s leadership, the Museum completed a major capital campaign, installed a newly commissioned mural by famed pop artist James Rosenquist, and opened the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity in 2012, a 25,500-square-foot addition. The Museum was recently named 2015 Not-for-Profit of the Year by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

“Colleen has been a stellar CEO for the Museum and we’re going to miss her greatly,” said Carol Rogne, Museum board chair. “Plains Art Museum has gained so much under her leadership, from expanded facilities and programs, to major foundation grants and heightened recognition as a progressive arts organization. We wish her the best in her new role.”

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Heritage Garden project welcomes volunteers for June 5 and 6

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Heritage Garden project welcomes volunteers for June 5 and 6

In an effort to beat the rain forecast, organizers for the Heritage Garden, a new public garden in Woodlawn Park, have changed the timing for primary planting of the site to Friday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Placement of pre-donated plants from community members will be done on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers interested in helping to plant at the garden are asked to bring their own trowels, gloves and shovels. For details, email HeritageGardenMoorhead@gmail.com, or call Su Legatt at 218-329-4950. The site is located at the east edge of the park at 400 Woodlawn Drive in south Moorhead.

The garden is designed by artists Su Legatt, Rob Fischer, and Kevin Johnson, who are working closely with Plains Art Museum, the City of Moorhead, Moorhead Public Service, and community volunteers.

Fr more information:

Internet: bit.ly/heritagegarden or www.plainsart.org

Support for this project has come from the National Endowment from the Arts, Artplace America, the Bush Foundation, and Lake Region Arts Council, Plains Art Museum’s Phyllis Thysell Fund for Education, and City of Moorhead and Moorhead Public Service.

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