Current Exhibitions

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Paintings by Keith BraveHeart

June 28, 2016 - July 31, 2016 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow is a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Oglala Lakota painter, photographer, and filmmaker Keith BraveHeart. BraveHeart’s work is rooted in everyday life on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The work is ironic and complex, reflecting the collision of past and present in contemporary Native American life while […]


You Don’t Have to Put a Feather on It

June 2, 2016 - August 26, 2016 Xcel Energy Gallery, General Exhibition

You Don’t Have to Put a Feather on It is a juried exhibition for contemporary Native artists in the region that will challenge Native artists to defy the label of what is Native art (or isn’t?). One artist remarked “You’re going to get a lot of feathers!” however we will leave it to our guest […]


t(here): Recent Acquisitions at Plains Art Museum

June 16, 2016 - August 27, 2016 Fred J. Donath Memorial / William and Anna Jane Schlossman Galleries, General Exhibition

The strength of the permanent collection at your art museum lies in ambitious, contemporary artwork from our region, as well as national artwork of historical and artistic significance. Thanks to recent generous gifts, our community’s collection has grown substantially, and in recognition, we are proud to present t(here): Recent Acquisitions at Plains Art Museum.
Many of […]


Passages: Prints by Jessica Matson-Fluto

June 10, 2016 - August 31, 2016 Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio at Plains Art Museum presents Passage, an exhibition of work made by Print Studio artist-in-residence Jessica Matson-Fluto. Known primarily for her paintings and drawings, Matson-Fluto has translated her silhouettes and isolated figures into layered monotypes. This exhibition poetically highlights process, exploration, and evolution throughout the artist’s Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio residency.
Jessica […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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.


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.