This annual exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity, and talent of North Dakota teen artists. Starting in 2014, the Red River Valley Writing Project and the Plains Art Museum partnered to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The mission of the Awards is to identify teenagers (grades 7-12) with exceptional […]
In 2011, one of Fargo’s most prominent and ambitious abstract painters, Marjorie Schlossman, formed a weekly class at the Museum titled the Plains School of Abstract Painting. Over the years, this group of emerging and professional artists has met weekly at the Museum and in our Center for Creativity, within a classroom environment modeled by […]
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 […]
In paintings tempered by humor, David Bradley “portrays human conditions and personal relationships that would be too controversial in another form.” The dry, highly observant, personal humor in his narrative paintings bridges the gap between the cartoon and fine art tradition, giving them an immediate, visceral impact. With obvious delight and deceptively gentle social satire, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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.
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.