‘Other Event’ Category

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!

Plains Art Museum will host an exhibition of acrylic and watercolor paintings created by award-winning artist Ellen Jean Diederich as illustrations for her new book, Samson’s Gift. The show opens Saturday, Nov. 15, with a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Museum’s Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

Samson’s Gift is a Christmas tale about the joy of selfless giving, which Diederich brings to life through the character of Samson, a sheep afraid to get his wool sheared. At the book signing, Diederich will give an author’s talk, and Cole Carley will read from the book.

The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments and treats provided. Samson’s Gift will be available for purchase at the event and at the Museum gift shop. The paintings are on exhibit through Jan. 11, 2015.

Diederich is the owner/publisher of Givinity Press in Fargo, www.givinity.com. She teaches watercolor workshops locally and nationally. A member of Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, Diedrich will also give an FMVA Visual Talk at the Museum on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The talk covers the inspiration and book production insights for Samson’s Gift, and is free and open to the public.

Check out the recent coverage in The Forum on Ellen and  Samson’s Gift!

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.


Michael Strand on Alternative Networks: The Beautiful Risk of Being Bold

August 13, 2014
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


This noon-hour workshop with artist Michael Strand will begin with a lightning-fast art making session using clay (less than five minutes), followed by the group collectively examining three elements—what we made, what we value, and what is the appropriate or even alternative venue and audience for the project. These elements are part of Strand’s artistic practice, using an object as the medium to boldly reach out and create projects in partnership with groups and systems as varied as fire stations, libraries, and political organizations.

Convening in Living as Form gallery on the Museum’s second floor, this pop-up event is FREE and open to the public, for all ages and abilities. Bring a bag lunch into the gallery or purchase great fare at our onsite restaurant, Cafe Muse.

The Internet Cat Video Festival

September 4, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

The Central Time Centric symposium opens on Thursday, September 4, 7 p.m., with a presentation of Walker Art Center’s 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival at the Fargo Theatre. An example of a contemporary art museum showcasing a popular art form and participatory culture, the Internet Cat Video Festival has became a national and international phenomenon and has been presented at South by Southwest and other venues. Get ready for many laughs as you meet some of the screen stars of the cat video world. Open to the public. Cat costume contest with prizes!

Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Fargo • $8


Fall Open House

September 16, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Check out what is happening at Plains Art Museum and Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity in 2014-2015. We’ll preview upcoming exhibitions and programs, lead guided tours of our Pollinator Garden and Center for Creativity studio spaces, share resources for educators, create art, answer questions, and more. This evening is designed for anyone who wants to learn how the Museum can help them lead a life of creativity and wonder—from educators to families to seniors to artists of all ages.  Supported in part by Moorhead Rotary Club.

Free, no registration required.

“Fargo in 60 Seconds” Premiere and Teen Filmmakers Awards Night

April 10, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Music, pizza, and refreshments
FREE and open to the public

Catch some red carpet action at this party and special screening of films contributed to Fargo in 60 Seconds by area filmmakers.

Audience members will vote for their favorite films in the teen category, and winning filmmakers will be awarded cash prizes of 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75, and 3rd Place $50.

Filmmakers ages 19 and up who submitted works to Fargo in 60 Seconds are eligible for a drawing for two free tickets to the Museum’s Spring Gala: Optical Illusions held on May 3. The drawing will be held at this premiere event on April 10.


Honey Happenings: Tastings, Buzz Lab Preview, and More!

March 20, 2014
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Discover more about the pollinating power of bees at this event, which includes a short talk by area beekeepers, honey tastings, art projects, music, and more. This also will be a great opportunity to learn how pollinators fit into the museum’s Defiant Gardens socially engaged art projects, including a Buzz Lab internship program for teens in Summer 2014.

Free; no registration required.

Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

January 20, 2014
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

Monday, January 20 • 1-4 PM

Celebrate the friends and family in your diverse community, and make some new friends with works of art at Plains Art Museum. There will be opportunities to create your own work of art, children’s storytime, and more. Only $3 per person to participate in the activities.


Meet the Curator

January 23, 2014
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

Join us for a fun, informal gathering with Becky Dunham, and learn more about her outreach with area artists, her thoughts on future exhibits, and how her professional road led her 1,300 miles straight north to Fargo-Moorhead.

Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
FREE and open to the public

Giving Hearts Day

February 13, 2014

Support us at impactgiveback.org
Thursday, February 13 • 12 AM-12 PM

GivingHLogoWe made art and celebrated art together with more than 58,500 visitors last year. To keep our exhibitions, events, and classes available, affordable—and often free—for the community, we invite you to give back on Giving Hearts Day. We are excited to be part of this amazing community event organized by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation. In a single 24-hour period, Giving Hearts Day drives tremendous support for area nonprofits.

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, your donation will be doubled by up to $4,000 in matching funds from a Museum donor.

To make a secure online contribution that day and have it matched, go to impactgiveback.org. Plus, if we are among the top ten nonprofits to receive the most online contributions, we will receive additional funding from Dakota Medical Foundation. Give from the heart, and help us continue to give the gift of art!

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