Current Exhibitions


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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Amber Parsons: Habitat for a Conversation

October 13, 2015 - February 6, 2016 Café Muse, Art = Food Exhibition

Amber Parson’s Habitat for a Conversation is the latest installment of Art = Food, a series of site-specific installations in the café of Plains Art Museum. Parsons is of German-Russian heritage and believes eating is a firm pillar in her culture. In her installation Habitat for a Conversation, Parsons emphasizes how the dining table serves […]


Scholastic Art & Writing

January 28, 2016 - March 12, 2016 Creativity Gallery, Student Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity and talent of North Dakota teen artists. Starting last year, the Red River Valley Writing Project and the Plains Art Museum partnered to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
The mission of the Awards is to identify teenagers (grades 7-12) with exceptional artistic and […]

Art on the Plains XII

February 6, 2016 - May 21, 2016 Fred J. Donath Memorial / William and Anna Jane Schlossman Galleries, General Exhibition

Art on the Plains is Plains Art Museum’s signature juried exhibition for contemporary art in the region, presenting a survey of media and styles and identifying emerging and mature talent. Now in its twelfth installment, the exhibition has become an important career builder for young artists and a point of pride among established artists. Juried […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


Island Park Ramp Installation – MARIA FRIBERG: ATLANTER

This exhibition is ongoing Island Park Ramp, General Exhibition

Maria Friberg allegorizes the conventions and conditions surrounding masculinity and its multiple relationships to the myth of power. Friberg’s leitmotiv is the male image and the modern business suit. Her art uses video and photography to capture the nuances of masculine performance and to express the often-elusive vagaries of social conditioning. Her method is subtle, her messages poetic. Friberg’s work opens our awareness to the many possibilities of representing masculinity.


International Harvester Photographs

This exhibition is ongoing Main Floor South Hallway, General Exhibition

The exhibited photographs lead viewers through the progression of the building from its time-worn state when it was acquired in 1994 to its current condition. The exhibit features photographs of the building as the International Harverster warehouse, during renovation, and as Plains Art Museum. The building now combines elements of the original warehouse and a modern museum.