Current Exhibitions

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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 […]

Julie Buffalohead: Coyote Dreams

March 27, 2015 - August 29, 2015 Xcel Energy Gallery, ArtView Exhibition

Julie Buffalohead, an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, is a Minnesota-based artist who has enjoyed both critical and popular success with her playful yet provocative drawings and paintings. This mid-career survey of her work is a traveling exhibition organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul.
Buffalohead’s work challenges stereotypes of […]

Lauren Rose Kinney: Much of a Muchness

March 6, 2015 - June 13, 2015 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum presents Much of a Muchness, a monumental woodcut by printmaker Lauren Rose Kinney. A self-declared collector of “things,” Kinney’s collecting lifestyle deeply informs her printmaking practice. She amasses objects like dolls, old books, rusty bits of metal, firecrackers, costume jewelry, and photographs, and uses them as source material to make large-scale prints […]

North Dakota Went Boom

Bakken Boom! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush

January 29, 2015 - August 15, 2015 Fred J. Donath Memorial and William and Anna Jane Schlossman Galleries, General Exhibition

Bakken Boom! provides a striking array of artistic interpretations of North Dakota’s current oil rush, which has catapulted the state to second in the nation in oil production. The show invites you to consider the new realities in western North Dakota, and the profound impact of the energy boom on lives and the land.
Organized by […]

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 […]

Burst by Elizabeth Simonson

This exhibition is ongoing Café Muse, Art = Food Exhibition

From any angle, Elizabeth Simonson’s beaded chandelier rhapsody is spectacular. On loan from the artist courtesy the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis, Burst is now on display in Café Muse. Aglow with glistening colors, the installation provides a distinctly ceremonial aspect to enhance the dining and social experience. Stand beneath it and gaze up to gain […]

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Creative Actions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

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

Plains Art Museum is thrilled to unveil a re-imagined Permanent Collection show, which focuses on and engages with the ideas and creative actions of artists. In this newly curated show, the audience will visually unpack several “acts” that express artists’ processes, intensions, narratives, or functions. Creative Actions is a re-hang for Plains Art Museum Permanent […]

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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 […]

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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.