Current Exhibitions


School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month

March 3, 2015 - March 31, 2015 Third Floor Space, General Exhibition

Milestone Photography
School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month, now in its 13th year, showcases the talents of regional K-12 art students from more than 40 area schools in a variety of media and promotes awareness of the vital work done by art educators.
Art education develops self esteem, appreciation for the work of others, self expression, cooperation [...]

Julie Buffalohead: Coyote Dreams

March 27, 2015 - August 29, 2015 Xcel Energy Gallery, ArtView Exhibition

Julie Buffalohead, an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, is a Minnesota-based artist who has enjoyed both critical and popular success with her playful yet provocative drawings and paintings. This mid-career survey of her work is a traveling exhibition organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul.
Buffalohead’s work challenges stereotypes of [...]

Lauren Rose Kinney: Much of a Muchness

March 6, 2015 - June 13, 2015 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum presents Much of a Muchness, a monumental woodcut by printmaker Lauren Rose Kinney. A self-declared collector of “things,” Kinney’s collecting lifestyle deeply informs her printmaking practice. She amasses objects like dolls, old books, rusty bits of metal, firecrackers, costume jewelry, and photographs, and uses them as source material to make large-scale prints [...]

North Dakota Went Boom

Bakken Boom! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush

January 29, 2015 - August 15, 2015 Fred J. Donath Memorial and William and Anna Jane Schlossman Galleries, General Exhibition

Bakken Boom! provides a striking array of artistic interpretations of North Dakota’s current oil rush, which has catapulted the state to second in the nation in oil production. The show invites you to consider the new realities in western North Dakota, and the profound impact of the energy boom on lives and the land.
Organized by [...]

VIVID: The Art of Seth Chwast and Dietrich Sieling

September 25, 2014 - April 4, 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 [...]

The Birdhouse Project

March 23, 2015 - April 7, 2015 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, Student Exhibition

Check out the innovative birdhouse designs of NDSU architecture students in this limited run exhibition. Each student is given the name of a prominent architect and a species of bird from our region, and then takes on the assignment of creating a birdhouse in the design philosophy of the architect that will serve the unique [...]

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

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 [...]

the north dakota mural

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 [...]