Current Exhibitions


Create/Educate: Plains Art Museum’s Teaching Artists

September 15, 2016 - November 17, 2016 Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

The Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is a vibrant community of artists who, in addition to maintaining their own dedicated artistic practice, serve as passionate community arts educators. Our talented, knowledgeable and experienced teaching artists lead a variety of programs at Plains Art Museum – from school tours and art experiences to advanced adult […]


Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes

October 1, 2016 - January 7, 2017 Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery, General Exhibition

Your art museum is thrilled to announce Arriving at Fresh Water, an exhibition highlighting fourteen of the region’s most important artists who use wit, critique, warmth, color, imagination, and beauty to celebrate, challenge, and expand our views of Native art. Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this exhibition comes to Plains Art Museum audiences […]


Tri-College Print Exchange

October 8, 2016 - January 7, 2017 Starion Financial Gallery, General Exhibition

The Tri-College Print Exchange hosted by Plains Art Museum will be based on the theme “the matrix.” This year the exchange will also include current and past faculty, current students, and alumni within the North Dakota State University, Concordia College, and Minnesota State University Moorhead communities.
DeborahMae Broad, Our Prairie Home, n.d., wood engraving, 18 x […]


Beyond Order: Selections from Highpoint Editions

September 17, 2016 - January 27, 2017 William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery, General Exhibition

Coinciding with Plains Art Museum’s Printober, a month of programming dedicated to the fine artistry of printmaking, Plains Art Museum is excited to share the major exhibition, Beyond Order: Selections from Highpoint Editions. Under the guidance of master printer Cole Rogers, Highpoint Center for Printmaking (Minneapolis, MN) is known for publishing ambitious, complicated, and multi-media […]

I Walk With Two Spirits II

Recent Work from Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio

August 3, 2016 - February 18, 2017 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio is one of a handful of printmaking studios around the nation located in an art museum. In its history, the Studio has hosted a national professional residency program and has been a collaboration with Minnesota State University Moorhead School of Visual Arts. Thanks to Studio Manager Amanda Heidt and a community […]


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 […]


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 […]

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.