Current Exhibitions

left: Megan Mitchell • right: Nick DeVries

Resident Ceramic Artists Exhibition: Megan Mitchell and Nick Devries

March 6, 2017 - May 31, 2017 Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

This exhibition highlights recent work by the inaugural artists in residence in the Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio. This residency program will serve to connect professionally established, nationally known, and regionally practicing ceramic artists to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity through workshops, critiques, open studio, and a public presentation.
Though unique in the way they […]


Front and Center: Female Photographers from the Permanent Collection

February 27, 2017 - July 6, 2017 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum is home to artworks by some of the 20th century’s most significant photographers, including several women. Front and Center is an exhibition of photographs selected from Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection highlighting some of these works. The images chosen utilize front and center compositions, and highlight objects and narratives both seen and […]


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 […]


Artview: Ochre Creative Studios

March 16, 2017 - July 22, 2017 Xcel Energy Gallery, ArtView Exhibition

Inside Ochre Creative Studios.
Fargo is fortunate to have a new emerging artist collective consisting of eight visual artists who share Ochre Creative Studios, a 1,200 square foot contemporary studio and gallery space. The artists’ three-stall garage studio, located behind the Teamster building in downtown Fargo, opened in Spring 2016 after several students at NDSU decided […]


Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley

January 25, 2017 - September 2, 2017 Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery, General Exhibition

Extended through September 2, 2017
David Bradley portrays human conditions, sociopolitical critiques, and personal relationships with a sense of humor, giving his paintings an immediate and commanding impact. For every viewer of David Bradley’s work, understanding resides in their personal, social, and cultural histories as well as a willingness to question closely held assumptions. Bradley’s work […]


Cultural Confluence: Work by Truman Lowe

February 9, 2017 - September 16, 2017 William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery, General Exhibition

Truman Lowe is a Ho Chunk sculptor and installation artist noted for his poetic ability to transform wood into water. Cultural Confluence traces the origins and evolution of his practice, from the traditional splint-plait baskets that Lowe learned how to make at an early age from his parents to the large-scale installation Ottawa which explores […]


Architecture for the Birds

May 11, 2017 - September 16, 2017 Starion Gallery, General Exhibition

Architecture for the Birds is an annual exhibition in partnership with the North Dakota State University Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. The challenge of the participating students is to design and fabricate a birdhouse taking inspiration from the work of a specific architect. In addition, they are asked to design a space suited for […]


Fragile Preservation: A Tallgrass Community

This exhibition is ongoing Bradley J. Burgum Skybridge, Student Exhibition

Corinne Teed’s intermediate printmaking class at Minnesota State University Moorhead developed this collaborative screenprint installation as a reflection on the fragility of Tallgrass Prairie ecosystems.
While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them. Included in the exhibition of native species are: Big […]


S.P.A.C.E. – An Emergent Belonging

April 7, 2017 - May 1, 2019 Pollinator Garden, General Exhibition

The S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) project is a public art initiative undertaken collaboratively between Plains Art Museum, and the college art departments at North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Concordia College. Sculptures are chosen thanks to a public vote of Museum visitors and campus students, with the resulting artworks on […]

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.