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 […]

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Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley

January 25, 2017 - May 6, 2017 Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery, General Exhibition

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, […]

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Spring Gala Art Auction Preview

March 23, 2017 - May 6, 2017 Starion Financial Gallery, General Exhibition

Every year, Plains Art Museum hosts one of the region’s finest art auctions in conjunction with our Spring Gala. The auction is not only a great exhibition of contemporary art, but is your chance to build a collection, support the livelihoods of artists, and your art Museum as well. You can preview the selected artworks […]

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Resident Ceramic Artists Exhibition: Megan Mitchell and Nick Devries

March 6, 2017 - May 31, 2017 Creativity Gallery, Creativity Gallery, Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

This exhibition highlights recent work by the inaugural artists in residence in the Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio. This residency program will serve to connect professionally established, nationally known, and regionally practicing ceramic artists to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity through workshops, critiques, open studio, and a public presentation.
Though unique in the way they […]

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Front and Center: Female Photographers from the Permanent Collection

February 27, 2017 - July 6, 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 […]

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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 […]

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Artview: Ochre Creative Studios

March 16, 2017 - July 22, 2017 Xcel Energy Gallery, ArtView Exhibition

Inside Ochre Creative Studios.
Fargo is fortunate to have a new emerging artist collective consisting of eight visual artists who share Ochre Creative Studios, a 1,200 square foot contemporary studio and gallery space. The artists’ three-stall garage studio, located behind the Teamster building in downtown Fargo, opened in Spring 2016 after several students at NDSU decided […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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.

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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.