New Gift from James Rosenquist

Drawing class inside Ruth and Louis Rosenquist Painting / Drawing Studio.

Plains Art Museum is excited to announce it has received a major gift to its capital campaign from North Dakota-born artist James Rosenquist. The gift was a tribute to Rosenquist’s parents, the late Ruth and Louis Rosenquist, and a studio in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity has been named the “Painting / Drawing Studio in memory of Ruth and Louis Rosenquist.”

“My parents met at an airport in Grand Forks,” Rosenquist explained. “My beginnings are in North Dakota, so it seemed fitting to do something to remember them.”

“It is so fitting that our Painting and Drawing studio in the Center are named in honor of two North Dakotans who raised one of the most remarkable artists of our times—James Rosenquist. I am honored that Jim generously gave to the Center in memory of his parents. He understands the value of children learning about art,” said Colleen Sheehy, Plains Art Museum Director and CEO.

Born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Rosenquist spent his childhood in North Dakota and Minnesota. His mother, Ruth Hendrickson Rosenquist, was an amateur painter and aviator who flew the mail between Grand Forks and Winnipeg as one of first female pilots in North Dakota. His father, Louis Rosenquist, also worked in aviation, eventually becoming the head mechanic for Northwest Airlines and Braniff Airways.

James Rosenquist is one of the most esteemed artists of his generation. Beginning in the mid-1960s, he was at the center of the New York art world and participated in the emergence of the art movement that came to be called “Pop art.” Over five decades, Rosenquist has forged a high profile career as one of America’s pre-eminent artists.