Current Exhibitions

above: A portion of Colby Nelson’s Smurf collection.

Community Collections from North of Normal

October 22, 2015 - February 6, 2016 Starion Financial Gallery, General Exhibition

A portion of Colby Nelson’s Smurf collection.
Community Collections from North of Normal explores the art of collecting by presenting unusual and interesting collections amassed by area residents. Inspired by the Museum’s 40th anniversary and role as a collecting institution, the exhibition focuses on collections as diverse as antique bookplates to Smurf collectibles.
In this unique exhibition, […]

Chris Alveshere & Brittany Ryba, Pots of People’s Past, 2015

FMVA Art Educators

September 17, 2015 - January 2, 2016 Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum spotlights the gifted art educators in our community in this group exhibition organized by the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists and co-curated by the Museum’s curator Becky Dunham and FMVA Education Committee members Sarah Dotzenrod, Jescia Hopper, and MeLissa Kossick.
above: Chris Alveshere and Brittany Ryba, Pots of People’s Past, 2015

Laura Youngbird, One Size #1, 2015, Monotype and mixed media, 22 x 15 in.

Laura Youngbird: Common Thread

October 22, 2015 - February 6, 2016 Xcel Energy Gallery, ArtView Exhibition

Common Thread is a solo exhibition of recent work by artist/educator Laura Youngbird from Breckenridge, Minn. In this exhibition, Youngbird presents two series of portraits featuring friends, family, and important Native artists and scholars such as George Morrison, Gwen Westerman, and Jason Kingbird. She also premieres several new series of prints, featuring descriptive titles such […]

Star Wallowing Bull, Windigo vs. Cannibal Man (detail), 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 41 x 65 in.
Collection of Plains Art Museum; Gift of Russell Cowles

Star Wallowing Bull: Transformer

October 3, 2015 - January 2, 2016 William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery, General Exhibition

The solo exhibition Star Wallowing Bull: Transformer showcases recent paintings and signature Prismacolor drawings by this celebrated area artist, whose colorful and charismatic style mixes personal biography with American pop culture and Native American images and symbols.
While referring to his love of the Transformer toys (those mechanical objects that change with the click of a […]

Picasso: Passion for Clay Ceramics from the Rosenbaum Collection

October 3, 2015 - January 2, 2016 Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery, General Exhibition

Pablo Picasso, Fish Subject, 1952, Red earthenware with engobes, Edition of 500, 5.12 x 8.46 in. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Picasso: Passion for Clay presents 40 dazzling ceramics Pablo Picasso made at Suzanne and George Ramié’s famed Madoura Pottery Studio in Southern France. Picasso had an exceptionally […]


Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio Artist-in-Residence Survey

August 7, 2015 - February 6, 2016 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

In celebration of Plains Art Museum’s 40th anniversary, the Museum presents this dynamic survey of prints from the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio, which is in the southwest corner of the Museum’s third floor. A true gem, the Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio is one of a handful of printmaking studios around the […]


40 Greatest Hits: Celebrating the Museum’s Permanent Collection

This exhibition is ongoing Jane L. Stern Gallery, General Exhibition

As Plains Art Museum prepares for a year-long celebration of our 40th anniversary starting in Fall 2015, we open this summer with 40 Greatest Hits, a new permanent collection exhibition. We invite you to enjoy these 40 artistic highlights from the Museum’s collection, which now includes nearly 4,000 objects.
40 Greatest Hits is a wonderfully eclectic […]


S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture 2015-17

This exhibition is ongoing Sculpture Pad, S.P.A.C.E. Exhibition

Untitled (Hummingbird), 2014–15, installed May 2015, Painted steel with tope and Plexiglas
Untitled (Hummingbird) is the latest installment of S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment), a public art initiative co-organized by Plains Art Museum and the art departments at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University. In this series, students create models […]

Bee in Flight

This exhibition is ongoing Creativity Pathway, General Exhibition

Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight. The whimsical, circular mosaic patterns, based on the flight pattern of honey bees, weave along the hallway […]

the north dakota mural

The North Dakota Mural

This exhibition is ongoing Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

The landscape in North Dakota is the sky—the stars at night, the clouds in the daytime. At night I thought about the stars and light-years and the speed of light and everything that was sort of inexplicable.
— James Rosenquist, Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art
With the installation of The North Dakota Mural […]