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Spring Gala is This Saturday! What to Wear?

May 3rd, 2017 by Cody Jacobson Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Gala is This Saturday! What to Wear?


Just four more days until the Spring Gala! 

If you’re still looking through your closets to decide on the perfect dress or attire, keep in mind that there is no dress code — be as creative as your heart desires or dress in your normal party attire.

Here are some possibilities and pointers:

The Theme: Garden Galore

This year’s theme celebrates the colors and shapes of spring – think flowers, tendrils, bright colors, something that makes you feel vibrant, expansive and bursting with good energy! Take inspiration from your garden, or the artist-designed gardens of the Museum, including our Pollinator Garden (at the Museum) or Heritage Garden (Moorhead).

The Event Decor: Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau was a an art and design movement from about 1890-1910 that was nature-inspired with flowing, organic lines. For women’s fashion, this means flowing dresses and flowers in their hair. For men, think top hats, waistcoats, tuxedos or tails.

The great thing about Art Nouveau is that it allows for a broad range of interpretation: think about Art Deco, think about the Arts and Crafts movement, think about the Japanese and Oriental influences of the time, or project yourself forward and think about Steam Punk. It’s really your choice – wear something that makes you feel daring!

Here’s a web-search with lots of Art Nouveau images to put you in the mood.

Special Note for Men:

We know, some guys don’t have closets full of flowered pants, or that special brooch that’s going to pull the whole outfit together. So, we have a special set of instructions for you.

First, if you have a tux or a nice dinner jacket, and that’s what makes you feel comfortable at a “dress up” affair, then go ahead and wear that. Extra man points if you want to accessorize with a jaunty gentleman’s hat, a Gary Cooper cane, spats, white gloves, that sort of thing.

Second, if you consider yourself more of an “artiste” then come dressed that way – Spring Gala and Art Nouveau celebrate the artist inside each of us, so you’ll be perfectly styled in your handsome artsy attire.

And lastly, if you’re not the dress-up type, don’t sweat it! You’ve made it this far in life without wearing a cravat or beret, so if you want to go on being the fine awesome person you already are, then that’s what everyone else wants, too.

Come drink the wine, come hear the band. Be amazed at the beauty that surrounds us and be filled with gratitude for our wonderful community on this marvelous night.

Order Your Tickets Here!

VOTE! for the new S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

February 23rd, 2017 by Cody Jacobson Posted in Around the Museum | Comments Off on VOTE! for the new S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

We need your vote! Stop by the Museum and cast your vote for our new S.P.A.C.E. sculpture by Concordia College art students. There are 3 maquettes to choose from. Voting ends March 4, sculpture will be installed this spring.

S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) Beginning in 2009, Plains Art Museum began to collaborate with Concordia College, North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead on the exhibition of a sculpture for the Museum’s outdoor sculpture pad.

Click on thumbnails to view.

Scholastic Art + Writing submission deadline is December 15!

December 5th, 2016 by Cody Jacobson Posted in Around the Museum | Comments Off on Scholastic Art + Writing submission deadline is December 15!

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

Starting in 2014, the Red River Valley Writing Project and the Plains Art Museum partnered to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The mission of the Awards is to identify teenagers (grades 7-12) with exceptional artistic and literary talent and bring their remarkable work to a national audience. Students apply in 29 categories of art and writing, and work is evaluated by a diverse panel of professionals who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Last year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; more than 85,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top art and writing at the regional level were moved onto the national stage, where 2,500 works earned National Medals. National Medalists and their educators were celebrated at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Click here to learn more and submit work.

Tickets: Holiday Sale Preview Night

November 9th, 2016 by Cody Jacobson Posted in News | Comments Off on Tickets: Holiday Sale Preview Night

Friday, December 2 •  6 -9 PM
Sneak preview event with appetizers, drinks and 10% discount on all artwork.
$10 per person


Stop by Plains Art Museum and support local art and artists at our third annual Holiday Art Sale inside the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity. Featuring unique works of art in ceramic and printmaking by multiple professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors at the Center for Creativity. Find the perfect gifts or add to your own collection.

You shop. Amazon gives.

November 9th, 2016 by Cody Jacobson Posted in News | Comments Off on You shop. Amazon gives.

azshopAmazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support Plains Art Museum by starting your shopping at

From the Director

September 13th, 2016 by Cody Jacobson Posted in Around the Museum | Comments Off on From the Director

Dear Friends:

I have spent much of my life studying and communicating the value of art museums. The impact on communities is immense, with the nonprofit arts industry generating over $135 billion in economic activity annually, and playing a key role in a city’s ability to attract residents, employees and tourists. Supporting your art museum is a great investment in your community.

The impact that art museums have on individuals is also significant, with major studies showing improved empathy, tolerance, and critical thinking arising from even modest interaction with art museums.

In addition, there is a strong link between entrepreneurial success and the creativity that is nurtured through interaction with the arts.

Given the profound potential of the Museum’s impact, my first priority as Director/CEO of Plains Art Museum is to partner with community supporters to share the Museum experience as far and wide as we can. When possible, access to high quality arts experiences should be limitless.

To achieve the community’s goals, Plains Art Museum is proud to announce PlainsArt4All, a campaign and annual fund to. Watch for information soon regarding this exciting opportunity for all community members to contribute to something great!

I hope that you will consider joining me this year and into the future in making something wonderful – a substantial, innovative, meaningful and accessible art museum for the region.


Andy J. Maus

Have a Great Ride!

May 12th, 2016 by Cody Jacobson Posted in Around Town | Comments Off on Have a Great Ride!


The Plains Art Museum artwork is proudly featured on one of Fargo’s fine Great Rides bikes. The Great Rides Bike Share program in Fargo has proven to be an outstanding success with NDSU college students, downtown dwellers, and people who love to ride bikes all around the community. Last year each bike had been ridden an average of 1,000 times, more than 145,000 total trips in just the first six months.

“Sodbuster” is on the move

November 18th, 2015 by jayricharson Posted in Around the Museum | Comments Off on “Sodbuster” is on the move

After more than a decade in storage, one of Fargo-Moorhead’s most important pieces of public art is finally headed for conservation. Today the iconic Sodbuster sculpture, created by Luis Jiménez in the early 1980s, was carefully loaded on a truck heading for Oberlin, Ohio. Once it reaches its destination, the famed statue will spend more than two years under the care of The McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, experts in outdoor sculpture conservation with specific experience conserving other Jiménez sculptures.

Once restored, the sculpture will be brought back to Fargo and installed as a centerpiece in the Fargo City Hall Civic Plaza. We’re excited to see the results of this major conservation project, and look forward to sharing progress details with you on our website. Read more about this exciting announcement, and stay tuned for future updates!

Plains Art Museum opening Picasso and Star Wallowing Bull shows on October 3

September 2nd, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, Special Events | Comments Off on Plains Art Museum opening Picasso and Star Wallowing Bull shows on October 3

Plains Art Museum proudly opens its 40th anniversary season with a special reception October 3 featuring two shows.

Picasso: Passion for Clay features 40 dazzling ceramics Pablo Picasso made at the famed Madoura Pottery Studio in Southern France. The artworks in this touring exhibition are from the private collection of Martin Rosenbaum, a world-renowned expert on Picasso’s ceramics.

The solo exhibition Star Wallowing Bull: Transformer showcases recent paintings and signature Prismacolor drawings by this celebrated area artist, whose colorful and charismatic style mixes personal biography with American pop culture and Native American images and symbols.

The Saturday, October 3 opening reception will feature a special member preview from 6-7 p.m., and an open reception from 7-10 p.m. Members of the Plains Art Museum can attend these receptions at no charge, and non-members can attend the open reception for $15, with a special student price of $5. Light appetizers provided by Mosaic Foods, and special 40th Anniversary cakes provided by Nichole’s pastry. Prize drawings, laser painting and cash bar.

Both exhibitions run from October 3, 2015 through  January 2, 2016.

Sanford Health is the presenting sponsor for the Picasso: Passion for Clay exhibition, with additional support from The Barry Foundation, Heartland Trust, Joan Justesen, Jim Meier, Arlette and Richard Preston, Vogel Law Firm, Anonymous, Dawson Insurance, Serkland Law Firm, and Flint Communications.

The Transformer exhibition is supported by funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Plains Art Museum invites Native artists to enter Emerging Visions

August 28th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Artists, Museum Initiatives | Comments Off on Plains Art Museum invites Native artists to enter Emerging Visions

Plains Art Museum invites emerging visual artists living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to submit works for Emerging Visions, its first juried exhibition of contemporary Native American art in the region.

Submission guidelines are available at Entries are due September 30, 2015, and the selection process will be done through a blind review. Emerging Visions will open February 18 and run through May 22, 2016.

Hapistinna Graci Horne will serve as juror and select works for the show, as well as award cash prizes and honorable mentions. She is a multi-media artist and director/curator of All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis.

For more information, visit or contact Laura Youngbird,, 701-551-6119. The exhibition is supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.


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