Events for March 2017

Film Screening: Powwow Highway (1989)

March 1, 2017
6:00 pmto7:45 pm

powDavid Bradley’s paintings examine the Southwest in a humorous and often cinematic manner. Jonathan Wack’s 1989 comedy Powwow Highway follows the struggles and friendship of Buddy Red Bow and Philbert Bono as they take a road trip from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation to Santa Fe. Join us in celebrating Native actors, stories, and humor at this screening and discussion of Powwow Highway.

Free and open to the public

Kid Quest: Happy Heads

March 4, 2017
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

Peter the Slug was feeling down, but he set a goal, did his best, and completed the Great Forest Race. Great advice for aspiring artists! After exploring the museum, we will be making animal hats inspired by the creative illustrations in Peter the Slug and the Great Forest Race.

Kid Quest is a monthly art event offered from October to April. Each Kid Quest offers gallery experiences and art making in the Center for Creativity. Fun for the whole family. FREE! Preregistration is required. Registration opens one month prior to each Kid Quest event. Click on “Register” or call 701.551.6100.


Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Ceremony

March 4, 2017
5:30 pmto8:00 pm
  • Art Exhibition Tours 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Awards Program 6:30 PM

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony recognizes all North Dakota winners of the 2016 – 17 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and celebrates work by writing and visual art winners on display in the Museum’s Starion Gallery. Plains Art Museum and the Red River Valley Writing Project work together as the state affiliate for the contest.

Free and open to the public

Gallery Talk: Megan Mitchell

March 9, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Join us for a gallery talk with Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio artist in residence Megan Mitchell. Mitchell received an MFA in ceramics from Utah State University in 2012. She has been an artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center, North Dakota State University, and the Northern Clay Center, as well as a Visiting Assistant Professor of ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. Currently she is a studio artist in St. Joseph, Minnesota and teaches at the Northern Clay Center and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Mitchell’s work is featured in the Resident Ceramic Artists Exhibition: Megan Mitchell and Nick DeVries, on view March 6 – May 31, 2017 in the Creativity Gallery at Plains Art Museum.

Free and open to the public.

School Spirit Artists’ Reception

March 11, 2017
11:00 amto2:00 pm

Share in the excitement at this artists’ reception for students, friends, family, and educators. Join us for light refreshments and recognition by local leaders, with music performances by Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies at 12 and 1 PM.

This year’s reception will be divided by grade level:
Elementary: 11 AM – 12 PM • Middle School: 12 PM – 1 PM • High School: 1 PM – 2 PM

Free and open to the public

Art & Business Breakfast

March 14, 2017
7:30 amto9:00 am

Join us for coffee, juice, bagels and pastries at Plains Art Museum’s first-ever Art and Business Breakfast. Where we bring together the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community and cultural leaders for presentations, conversations, and activities regarding the connections art and business share. And the potential for mutually beneficial relationships. For more information please contact: Sandy Thompson, Development Director,

Philosophy for All Fargo Moorhead – A Socrates Café Meeting

March 16, 2017
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Philosophy for All Fargo-Moorhead is open to everyone interested in philosophy. Its aim is to approach philosophical problems in a non-technical way to enable everyone to participate in discussion and debate. It aims to combine serious philosophical activity with an informal exchange of ideas and views. Free and open to the public.

At a Socrates Café the people present choose a topic of interest and then engage in discussion of it. The results are often lively, spirited, amazing discussions. At this meeting we will have our own Socrates Café

The Art of Hope and Healing: Clay Affirmation Tiles

March 23, 2017
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Experience hope and healing through guided healing arts sessions at Plains Art Museum. Open to individuals and families who have been impacted by substance abuse, these workshops provide a safe space to share and heal through gentle art activities led by trained teaching artist and therapeutic arts facilitator Nikki Anderson. Participants are invited to view art in the Museum’s galleries and create original art in a creative and non-threatening studio environment. Free and open to the public. Limited space, registration required.


Indian Country Curator’s Talk

March 30, 2017
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Join Native art historian and curator Valerie K. Verzuh on a tour of David Bradley’s Indian Country, a world filled with narrative, historical and political questioning, and cultural critique. Learn about the artist’s personal and artistic evolution as we look at paintings and sculptures made throughout the artist’s career.

Free and open to the public

Woven Clay Spring Basket

March 31, 2017
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Create your own woven clay basket to hold fruit, Easter eggs or May Day goodies. Participants will roll their own slabs, cut strips of clay and weave them into the basket shape using a plaster cast mold. Leave the basket shiny white to use year-round or paint the exterior with fun spring colors to accent your spring décor. Registration covers the cost of creating, weaving, glazing, and firing one basket. For families and art explorers of all ages.

$10 per participant.