Plains Art Museum is fortunate to have an array of professional artists who share their talents by teaching students of all ages to hone creative techniques and explore new avenues of artistic expression. The Meet the Artist exhibit is a showcase of works by the Museum’s teaching artists, all of whom are skilled at mentoring [...]
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Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick or, The Whale, the story of Captain Ahab’s obsessive, self-destructive pursuit of a phantom creature, serves as a generative wellspring in the work of Midwestern surrealist T. L. Solien, who has created a powerful body of work inspired by the novel and its offspring, Sena Jeter [...]
NDSU Professor of Painting Kim Bromley’s newest large-scale series of oil paintings focuses on the metaphorical themes in Herman Melville’s American epic novel Moby-Dick. Bromley merges his own subjective and personal narrative with images culled directly from the novel, demonstrating the book’s ability and power to remain relevant more than 150 years after being published. [...]
Wing Young Huie joins us once again to present images taken during his residency at the Museum last October. Huie’s subjects come from the everyday: people whose faces we see but often fail to notice. Within each of those individuals, personal stories unfold on the grand and small scales; yet all are affected by a [...]
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 [...]
On May 4, three student artists, under the direction of North Dakota State University professor of art David Swenson, assembled the newest S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) sculpture to grace our outdoor sculpture pad. With bright colors, fun and quirky treatment of windows and doors, the untitled piece is a whimscial treatment of a [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.