Plains Art Museum Presents Circus-Inspired Work By Judy Onofrio

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Judy Onofrio, "Meow," 2005 Mixed media Courtesy of the artist 46 x 39 x 22 in.

Judy Onofrio, "Meow," 2005 Mixed media Courtesy of the artist 46 x 39 x 22 in.

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FARGO, N.D. – Opening September 25 at Plains Art Museum, the exhibition See Acts of Audacious Daring! The Circus World of Judy Onofrio presents a selection of colorful works inspired by the drama and showmanship of the American circus.

The exhibition will feature four of Onofrio’s life-sized floor sculptures from the last decade, ten recent wall sculptures, and two smaller floor sculptures alongside examples of historic circus banners, posters, and carvings that have influenced her work.

“Judy’s work is a delight for all ages, and her circus figures are interesting metaphors for life,” said Museum Director and CEO Colleen Sheehy.

Onofrio won the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award in 2005. Her work has been shown extensively worldwide for over 40 years, and her sculptures have been hailed as some of the most innovative work done in the United States. Onofrio lives and works in Rochester, Minn.

See Acts of Audacious Daring! is the first in the Museum’s Mothers of Invention exhibition series. The series will present solo exhibitions by women from the region who embody a generation of artists who worked to dismantle barriers for women in the visual arts.

A “Three Ring Circus” opening reception will be held at the Museum on Sunday, September 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. An artist talk will be held at 1 p.m.  Also, a bus tour to Onofrio’s home and studio, “Judyland,” is slated for Monday, October 10. Preregistration is required. Visit to learn more. This exhibition closes January 8, 2012. See Acts of Audacious Daring! is supported in part by US Bancorp and the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation.

Plains Art Museum is located at 704 First Avenue North. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a nonprofit, regional fine arts museum with plans to significantly expand its programs through its “Little Artist in All of Us” campaign. The campaign is raising funds for the Center for Creativity and Lifelong Learning which includes the Fingerprints Interactive Education Gallery and working with Fargo Public Schools and other educational entities to build teaching studios. The campaign is also strengthening operations by enhancing the Museum’s endowment and visitor services. Museum programs are made possible, in part, by major funding from members of the Museum, The FUNd at Plains Art Museum, the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership, The McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the North Dakota Council on the Arts through an appropriation by the North Dakota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. More information is available at 701.232.3821 or at


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