Current Exhibitions

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Todd Hebert: Selected Works 1999-2014

October 17, 2014 - March 22, 2015 Xcel Energy Gallery, General Exhibition

In Todd Hebert: Selected Works 1999–2014, Plains Art Museum presents a 15 year survey of paintings and works on paper made by native North Dakotan Todd Hebert, who teaches in the Department of Art and Design at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
Hebert is drawn to temporal subjects and seasonal motifs because they [...]

Ellen Jean Diederich: Samson’s Gift

November 15, 2014 - January 11, 2015 Creativity Gallery, Center for Creativity, General Exhibition

Meet Samson, a sheep afraid to get his wool sheared, in this delightful exhibition in the Center for Creativity. Fargo artist and author Ellen Jean Diederich displays the richly-colored acrylic and watercolor paintings used as illustrations in her newest children’s book, Samson’s Gift, a timeless Christmas tale about the joy of selfless giving. Diederich teaches [...]

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In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered, An Installation by Stephen Alexander Wischer

October 17, 2014 - February 22, 2015 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

Photo by Amy Richardson
Stephen Alexander Wischer, an associate professor of Architecture at NDSU, energizes the Museum’s Atrium with an intriguing site-specific installation, In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered, from his ongoing body of work, Hybrid Vigor. Constructed with ordinary yellow-page phonebooks, these displays include thousands of books Wischer transforms through cutting, tearing, burning, and dipping into solutions, [...]

Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show

October 9, 2014 - January 4, 2015 Fred J. Donath Memorial and William and Anna Jane Schlossman Galleries, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum spotlights the talented visual artists teaching at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University in Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show. This exhibition is the first major show to bring together the work of the schools’ 24 full-time art instructors. Each artist is displaying a group of works [...]

VIVID: The Art of Seth Chwast and Dietrich Sieling

September 25, 2014 - April 5, 2015 Starion Financial Gallery, General Exhibition

VIVID is a two-person show featuring regional artists Seth Chwast from Cleveland, Ohio, and Dietrich Sieling from Minneapolis, Minn. United in their strong emphasis on the formal qualities of line, color, and pattern, these young artists also share a stunning inventiveness in subject matter. In addition, Chwast and Sieling share personal histories; they were both [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Creative Actions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

This exhibition is ongoing 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 [...]

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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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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.