Current Exhibitions

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Yearning for the Thaw

March 29, 2016 - May 28, 2016 Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

In anticipation of spring, the Plains Art Museum presents Yearning for the Thaw. This exhibition of new work by artists Catie Miller, Helen Otterson, Kelli Sinner, and Brooke Stewart celebrates the changing seasons, as winter yields to spring. Inspired by the longing for warmth and color that accompanies the extreme winter season of the Upper […]

David Boggs and John Hanson: The Flyover

February 13, 2016 - June 13, 2016 Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

The Flyover, a two-person exhibition of paintings by David Boggs and photographs by Midwest native John Hanson, examines the land and sky of the Great Plains. The artists reframe frequently undervalued landscapes, often referred to as “flyover country,” by drawing viewers in to wide, panoramic scenes. This exhibition also offers a respite from the desolate […]

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 […]

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Red River Watercolor Society: 23rd Annual National Watermedia Exhibition

May 19, 2016 - September 4, 2016 Starion Financial Gallery, General Exhibition

The Fargo-Moorhead area has a long history of being a center of artistic creation and support for the arts, resulting in artist organizations such as the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA), the Minn-Dak Woodturners, and the Red River Watercolor Society. This summer, Plains Art Museum is proud to partner with the Red River Watercolor Society on […]

Amber Parsons: Habitat for a Conversation

This exhibition is ongoing Café Muse, Art = Food Exhibition

Amber Parson’s Habitat for a Conversation is the latest installment of Art = Food, a series of site-specific installations in the café of Plains Art Museum. Parsons is of German-Russian heritage and believes eating is a firm pillar in her culture. In her installation Habitat for a Conversation, Parsons emphasizes how the dining table serves […]

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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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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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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.