Upcoming Events

Recycling the Clay Community Day

September 21, 2014
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

Create your own works of art with clay, using the recycled clay from our summer programs. We’ll have a demo table to show how to make different types of vessels, from coil to slab. $5 per person to cover the cost of creating, glazing, and firing two objects. Register by calling 701.551.6100 or clicking the links below.

There are three Recycling the Clay Community Day sessions available to inspire your creative mind.
Select the start time for the session that you would like to attend.

Vivid Opening Reception

September 25, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Appetizers, desserts, beverages, and cash bar.
FREE and open to the public.

VIVID is a two-person show featuring regional artists Seth Chwast from Cleveland, Ohio, and Dietrich Sieling from Minneapolis, Minn. 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. In addition, Chwast and Sieling share personal histories; they were both diagnosed with autism as children. Their innate artistic talents help them to lead full, creative lives.

Now full-time artists, Chwast and Sieling are highly prolific and exhibit their work regularly in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. VIVID focuses primarily on the artists’ paintings, drawings, and sculpture. The show is on exhibit through April 5, 2015.

Plains Art Museum is organizing the VIVID exhibition in collaboration with Fraser Ltd., 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.

FMVA Artist Talks at Plains Art Museum

September 25, 2014
7:30 pmto8:30 pm

Plains Art Museum and Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists are partnering in this collaborative program in the Museum and studio spaces in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

From North Dakota to New York City, Sarah Dotzenrod has taught visual arts to pre-K–12th grade. She’s proven an inspiration to her students, having come from a small farming community with no previous art experience before college.Committed to promoting the visual arts and art education, Sarah’s talk will share her story of finding purpose with the drawings and paintings that reflect her journey.

Free and open to the public.

Cuplomacy: To Washington D.C. . . .Love, Fargo

October 4, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm
October 5, 2014
12:00 pmto5:00 pm


Michael Strand, Fargo craftivist and head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, 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. During the FMVA Studio Crawl, Strand will hold a two-day series of drop-in discussions at Plains Art Museum to gather community input on the design of two distinct sets of cups and saucers, one for Democrats and one for Republicans.

In mid-January 2015, individuals from all 50 states will deliver packages to their respective senators, each containing a cup that is designed for the senator’s party with an unmatched saucer from the “other” party. Senators will be asked to share in conversation with someone not in their party and then swap saucers.  In the end, the completed set becomes a gentle reminder of the potential of human-scaled dialogue.


Art Boom Opening Reception

October 9, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Pizza, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and cash bar
Members and Tri-College students FREE, $10 nonmembers

We Create Better, Together: Open Innovation for Social Good

October 13, 2014
5:30 pmto6:30 pm
November 10, 2014
5:30 pmto6:30 pm
December 15, 2014
5:30 pmto6:30 pm
January 12, 2015
5:30 pmto6:30 pm

Start your week with a creative experience. The Museum and IDeaspace at NDSU are collaborating on a monthly OpenIDEO education meet-up event of design- thinking challenges and activities for social good. Both organizations will post the talk topics through their respective websites and social media.

Free and open to the public.

Philosophy for All at Plains Art Museum

September 18, 2014
7:00 pmto8:00 pm
October 16, 2014
7:00 pmto8:00 pm
November 20, 2014
7:00 pmto8:00 pm
January 15, 2015
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, combining serious philosophical activity with an informal exchange of ideas and views. Both organizations will post talk topics and collaborations through their respective websites and social media.

Free and open to the public.

Art School 3.0: An Artful Happy Hour Program

November 4, 2014
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

Enjoy a complimentary beverage at Café Muse, followed by a moderated talk with Plains Art Museum Director Colleen Sheehy and three leaders of the art departments at NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia College—Michael Strand, Kelli Sinner, and Peter Schultz. In conjunction with the exhibition, Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show, the group will share insights about the state of college art departments, locally and around the country, as well as trends shaping the future.

Creative Voices: Native American Artists at Plains Art Museum

November 13, 2014
6:30 pmto7:30 pm

Artist Laura Youngbird will share insights about her work, including the sculpture Waabi-Giziibiigiingwe (White Washed), which is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. In addition to her work as a professional artist, Youngbird teaches at Circle of Nations School, an inter-tribal, off-reservation boarding school for youth in grades 4-8 located in Wahpeton, North Dakota. This talk is part of an ongoing series in conjunction with Plains Art Museum’s new project, Creativity Among Native American Artists. Light refreshments provided. FREE and open to the public.

Ellen Jean Diederich: Samson’s Gift Book Signing

November 15, 2014
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

Meet Ellen Jean Diederich and have her sign a copy of her new book Samson’s Gift.

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