General Exhibitions


S.P.A.C.E. – An Emergent Belonging

April 7, 2017 - May 1, 2019 Pollinator Garden, General Exhibition

The S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) project is a public art initiative undertaken collaboratively between Plains Art Museum, and the college art departments at North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Concordia College. Sculptures are chosen thanks to a public vote of Museum visitors and campus students, with the resulting artworks on […]


Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley

January 25, 2017 - September 2, 2017 Fred J. Donath Memorial Gallery, General Exhibition

Extended through September 2, 2017
David Bradley portrays human conditions, sociopolitical critiques, and personal relationships with a sense of humor, giving his paintings an immediate and commanding impact. For every viewer of David Bradley’s work, understanding resides in their personal, social, and cultural histories as well as a willingness to question closely held assumptions. Bradley’s work […]

Photo by Michael Miller

FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

August 3, 2017 - October 21, 2017 Xcel Energy Gallery, General Exhibition

Photo by Michael Miller
Each year, Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) presents the Studio Crawl, a popular, free event that gives the community access to professional artists’ studios. The Studio Crawl is an opportunity for people to meet artists, see demonstrations, and purchase their work. As a collaboration between the Museum and FMVA, the Museum is […]


Architecture for the Birds

May 11, 2017 - September 16, 2017 Starion Gallery, General Exhibition

Architecture for the Birds is an annual exhibition in partnership with the North Dakota State University Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. The challenge of the participating students is to design and fabricate a birdhouse taking inspiration from the work of a specific architect. In addition, they are asked to design a space suited for […]


Conversation Pieces: Selections from the Permanent Collection in Dialogue

June 29, 2017 - July 29, 2018 Jane L. Stern Gallery, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum is home to over 4,000 diverse national, regional and local works of art. Art communicates ideas and feelings between artists and viewers, but art pieces are also often in dialogue with other works of art. These conversations develop from the intentions of the artist and the context from which artworks are made. […]

left: Megan Mitchell • right: Nick DeVries

Resident Ceramic Artists Exhibition: Megan Mitchell and Nick Devries

March 6, 2017 - May 31, 2017 Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

This exhibition highlights recent work by the inaugural artists in residence in the Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio. This residency program will serve to connect professionally established, nationally known, and regionally practicing ceramic artists to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity through workshops, critiques, open studio, and a public presentation.
Though unique in the way they […]


Spring Gala Art Auction Preview

March 23, 2017 - May 6, 2017 Starion Financial Gallery, General Exhibition

Every year, Plains Art Museum hosts one of the region’s finest art auctions in conjunction with our Spring Gala. The auction is not only a great exhibition of contemporary art, but is your chance to build a collection, support the livelihoods of artists, and your art Museum as well. You can preview the selected artworks […]


Front and Center: Female Photographers from the Permanent Collection

February 27, 2017 - August 23, 2017 The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium, General Exhibition

Plains Art Museum is home to artworks by some of the 20th century’s most significant photographers, including several women. Front and Center is an exhibition of photographs selected from Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection highlighting some of these works. The images chosen utilize front and center compositions, and highlight objects and narratives both seen and […]


Cultural Confluence: Work by Truman Lowe

February 9, 2017 - September 16, 2017 William and Anna Jane Schlossman Gallery, General Exhibition

Truman Lowe is a Ho Chunk sculptor and installation artist noted for his poetic ability to transform wood into water. Cultural Confluence traces the origins and evolution of his practice, from the traditional splint-plait baskets that Lowe learned how to make at an early age from his parents to the large-scale installation Ottawa which explores […]


Don Faulkner: Architecture in Clay

December 1, 2016 - February 18, 2017 Creativity Gallery, General Exhibition

Don Faulkner has been exploring the translation of architectural design through high-fire ceramics at the Center for Creativity’s Ceramic Studio. Each ceramic vase in this exhibit interprets the architectural design of a famous architect. Through this translation, Faulkner explores the relationship between the production of architecture and the production of high-fire ceramics, sparking a dialogue […]

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