Plains Art Museum connects art, artists, and audiences to foster creative, resilient, and welcoming communities.
We envision communities where people are engaged in the creative process, and value and support the contribution of art and artists.
We respect the knowledge and experiences that visitors bring to the museum, providing an environment that links generations of life-long learners to the powerful experience of an art museum and creative art-making in order to develop 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
We believe that creativity lives in all of us and we advocate for all by being accessible and welcoming in our programming and facilities.
We believe in commitment to each other, our audiences, and our community by being respectful, good listeners, communicative, accessible, dependable, and responsive.
We strive to be good stewards of our relationships and our resources, including our collections, our financial assets, and our facilities.
We operate with integrity by being accountable, transparent, honest, ethical, and professional.
We strive for excellence by being innovative, reflective, rigorous, and attentive to museum research, and by adhering to high quality standards.
We promote and support a dynamic workplace by working as a team to be visitor-centered, adaptable to change, and results and growth oriented.
Plains Art Museum began as the Red River Art Center in 1965 and was housed in the former Moorhead, Minnesota, post office. The Museum acquired its present name in 1975 and maintained residency in Moorhead until 1996. The Museum renovated a turn-of-the-century warehouse in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, and opened to the public in October 1997.
The redesign of the International Harvestor (IH) branch house was directed by Hammel Green & Abrahamson, Inc., whose work also can be seen in the award-winning Minnesota History Center, the Walker Arts Center and the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
Plains Art Museum facility features 56,000 square feet of which 9,000 have security, climate, and light control properties. The building is fully accessible and contains the Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio, The Dawson Studio, Café Muse, The Store, the Goldberg Resource Library, meeting and reception space, frame shop, wood shop, visitor services center, two and a half story projection wall, performance areas and permanent collection storage and care areas.
The Museum offers approximately 12 special exhibitions along with smaller exhibitions each year. These exhibitions feature art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Classes, lectures, studios, collaborations with other disciplines as well as social events and performances complement the exhibition schedule.
Throughout its history, the Museum has collected, preserved, exhibited and interpreted art. Today, its permanent collection contains approximately 3,000 works including national and regional contemporary art, traditional American Indian art, and traditional folk art.
Plains Art Museum is a non profit 501 (c) 3 organization governed by a board of directors.
In accordance with ND Charitable Gaming regulations effective 07/01/12, General Rules Chapter 99-01.3-02-3 Subsection 3 #4. Plains Art Museum notifies its membership that the organization’s total adjusted gross proceeds; cash profit; cash long or short; net proceeds; excess expenses; reimbursement of excess expenses; and eligible uses are available for review at 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo, from 10am to 5 pm Monday-Friday.
The American Association of Museums granted accreditation to Plains Art Museum in 2003 in recognition of the Museum’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Of the nation’s nearly 16,000 museums, approximately 750 are currently accredited after a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. Plains Art Museum is the only art museum accredited in North Dakota.