Current Exhibitions


Front and Center: Female Photographers from the Permanent Collection

February 27, 2017 - August 23, 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 […]


Our Home is Your Home

June 28, 2017 - August 31, 2017 Creativity Gallery, Student Exhibition

The photographs in “Our Home is Your Home” were taken on summer solstice (June 21, 2017) at White Earth Community College by the 2017 Plains Art Buzz Lab Interns. The interns worked with photographer Joe Allen, who taught them about photographing nature with macro lenses, enabling the photographers to take a “bee’s eye view” while […]


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 […]

Photo by Michael Miller

FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

August 3, 2017 - October 21, 2017 Xcel Energy Gallery, General Exhibition

Photo by Michael Miller
Each year, Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) presents the Studio Crawl, a popular, free event that gives the community access to professional artists’ studios. The Studio Crawl is an opportunity for people to meet artists, see demonstrations, and purchase their work. As a collaboration between the Museum and FMVA, the Museum is […]


Conversation Pieces: Selections from the Permanent Collection in Dialogue

June 29, 2017 - July 29, 2018 Jane L. Stern Gallery, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum is home to over 4,000 diverse national, regional and local works of art. Art communicates ideas and feelings between artists and viewers, but art pieces are also often in dialogue with other works of art. These conversations develop from the intentions of the artist and the context from which artworks are made. […]


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.