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 display at the Museum for two years.
An Emergent Belonging (2017-2019) was created by Concordia College students Ashley Raduns, Katelyn Mitchell, Helena Langr, Elizabeth Vought, Ruth Peterson, and Chelsea Steffes. The work, inspired by the form and function of a bird’s nest, was created under the leadership of professor, Dwight Mickelson. About the creative process, Mickelson states, “…we found that as a group we shared a lot in common. We all enjoy working with organic materials and bold colors, creating somewhat whimsical forms, and are inspired by concepts such as home, nostalgia, and belonging.”