Current Exhibitions

Ben Rheault

Spring Gala 2014 Art Auction Preview

April 19, 2014 - May 3, 2014 Starion Financial Gallery, General Exhibition

The art auction for our 18th Annual Spring Gala will feature outstanding work across a wide variety of media by 71 artists. All works will be on display in Starion Financial Gallery, inside the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity during our Gala Auction Preview exhibition April 19 – May 3.
Spring gala silent art auction goes high tech
Get ready [...]

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 [...]

Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota

February 8, 2014 - May 11, 2014 Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery, General Exhibition

Red River Reciprocity showcases a dynamic selection of 79 contemporary ceramics by Minnesota and North Dakota artists. For this groundbreaking exhibition, Plains Art Museum is partnering with Northern Clay Center (NCC) of Minneapolis to present the innovative work of leading ceramists from all over the region who have re-imagined the possibilities of this exceptionally versatile [...]

Photo by Jason Simon

The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012

January 25, 2014 - May 24, 2014 William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery, General Exhibition

Photo by Jason Simon
In this era of YouTube, ten-second TV commercials, and social media sharing of six-second Vine clips, fast-paced message formats are pervasive in contemporary culture. We absorb short bits of information faster than ever before.
The One Minute Film Festival 2003-2012 offers an opportunity to playfully rethink what short films can be by presenting [...]

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, James Rosenquist!

January 9, 2014 - May 31, 2014 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium and Xcel Energy Gallery, General Exhibition

To celebrate James Rosenquist’s 80th birthday, a milestone he marked in November 2013, Plains Art Museum presents an intimate exhibition of artworks by local artists inspired by or in the spirit of this pre-eminent artist whose work and influence spans more than five decades. Born in Grand Forks, N.D., he moved at a young age [...]

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 [...]


Creative Actions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

September 30, 2012 - August 30, 2014 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 [...]


2012 S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

May 31, 2012 - May 31, 2014 Sculpture Pad, S.P.A.C.E. Exhibition

On May 4, three student artists, under the direction of North Dakota State University professor of art David Swenson, assembled the newest S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) sculpture to grace our outdoor sculpture pad. With bright colors, fun and quirky treatment of windows and doors, the untitled piece is a whimscial treatment of a [...]

the north dakota mural

The North Dakota Mural

This exhibition is ongoing Serkland Law Firm Gallery, 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 [...]


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.