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Fall events – We’re turning 40 and bringing Picasso to town!

August 25th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Education, Exhibitions, Special Events | Comments Off on Fall events – We’re turning 40 and bringing Picasso to town!

Plains Art Museum marks a milestone anniversary of 40 years since incorporating in 1975 as a nonprofit art museum with a new season featuring Picasso, Star Wallowing Bull and the Internet Cat Video Festival.  Upcoming events for September and October include the following:

FMVA Studio Crawl Preview: Spotlight on Crawl Founders
Exhibition runs from September 12 – October 10, 2015
The FMVA Studio Crawl Preview features a selection of artworks by four founders of the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl: Dale Cook, Ellen Jean Diederich, Jon Offutt, and Meg Spielman Peldo.

FMVA Art Educators Exhibition
Opening Reception, Thursday, September 17, 5-7 p.m.
Exhibition runs from September 17, 2015 – January 2, 2016

This group exhibition of talented area art educators is organized by Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists and co-curated with Plains Art Museum. The opening reception will be held in the Katherine Kilbourne Center for Creativity on Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m., free and open to the public.

FMVA Visual Talk with Jescia Hopper
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Artist Jescia Hopper will discuss her current body of work, Dinorama, which features whimsical paintings and sculptures that challenge the seriousness of adulthood. Sponsored by Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists; free and open to the public.

Picasso: Passion for Clay
Star Wallowing Bull: Transformer
Opening Reception – Saturday, October 3, 7 – 10 p.m., Members free, Nonmembers $15, Students $5
Both exhibitions run from October 3, 2015 – January 2, 2016

Plains Art Museum proudly opens its 40th anniversary season with Picasso: Passion for Clay, featuring 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.

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.

FMVA Studio Crawl – Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio
Saturday, October 3, 10 – 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 4, Noon – 5 p.m.
Stop in during the FMVA Studio Crawl weekend to see works by FMVA founding artists and Print Studio Manager Amanda Heidt. Free admission both days during regular Museum hours.

Creative Voices Gallery Talk – Star Wallowing Bull
Thursday, October 8, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Museum educators Laura Youngbird and Netha Cloeter will hold a conversation on Star Wallowing Bull’s artwork and influences in his Transformer exhibition. Free and open to the public.

Supported by funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Kid Quest
Saturday, October 10, 1 – 4 p.m.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Plains Art Museum, kids and family members will create cupcake still lifes in vibrant oil pastels. Free and open to the public.

Kid Quest is offered monthly from October to April through sponsorship by Xcel Energy and with support from Minnesota Public Radio and The Village Family Magazine.

Internet Cat Video Festival
Saturday, October 17, Screenings at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fargo Theatre
The cats are back! Produced and curated by the Walker Art Center, the wildly popular collection of the year’s best screen stars of the cat video world has become a national and international phenomenon, and was a sellout show in Fargo last year. The new reel will feature approximately 100 cat videos culled from nominations by the public in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animated, Musical, Action, Vintage, and Documentary. Tickets: $8 adults, $6 children.

Laura Youngbird: Common Thread
Opening Reception – Thursday, October 22, 5 – 7 p.m., Members free, Nonmembers $10, Students $5
Exhibition runs from October 22, 2015 – February 6, 2016

Common Thread is a solo exhibition of recent work by artist/educator Laura Youngbird, featuring portraits of individuals who have been major influences in her life and career, along with a series of prints that use a dress motif to challenge assumptions about Native American women and culture.

Supported by funding from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Community Collections from North of Normal
Exhibition runs from October 23, 2015 – February 6, 2016
Community Collections from North of Normal explores the art of collecting by presenting unusual and interesting collections amassed by area residents.

Final Friday Art Break on Picasso: Passion for Clay
Friday, October 30, Noon – 1 p.m.
Learn how Picasso revolutionized the field of ceramics in this gallery talk and tour.

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.

Plains Art Museum is located at 704 First Ave. N. in downtown Fargo. For more information, visit plainsart.org.

 

Human trafficking program on March 5

February 19th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Education | Comments Off on Human trafficking program on March 5

Plains Art Museum will host “IdeaExchange: Human Trafficking,” a free community conversation on March 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Members of the Road to Williston Collective in Duluth will share stories of their work on display in Bakken Boom: Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush.

The collective’s installation was created in response to the increasing numbers of Native American women and girls subject to human trafficking and the resistance movements that have emerged to fight this problem. Local advocates for human rights also will lend insights to the discussion. Space is limited, register at plainsart.org or call 701-551-6100.

Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Ave. N. in downtown Fargo.

Plains Art Museum offers Autism and Art Workshops

January 26th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Education | Comments Off on Plains Art Museum offers Autism and Art Workshops

Plains Art Museum is offering two Autism and Art Workshops for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. The first workshop is Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon on “Colors & Shapes in VIVID,” which ties into a current exhibition featuring accomplished artists with autism. The second workshop is “Awake the Five Senses,” on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Both workshops provide hands-on learning activities in museum galleries and art projects in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

The workshops are developed and run by Museum education staff and special education professionals. The cost for each workshop is $10 per child. A free informational meeting for parents and/or caregivers is required and will occur the Thursday before each program at 7 p.m. The registration deadline is one week before the workshop. To register, call 701-551-6100 or visit www.plainsart.org.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gains North Dakota affiliate to recognize state’s creative teens

November 12th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Contests, Education, students | Comments Off on Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gains North Dakota affiliate to recognize state’s creative teens

North Dakota teens with talents in the visual and literary arts have a new advantage in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, now in its 92nd year. For the first time in the history of the contest, North Dakota entries will be judged on a state basis rather than in a multi-state regional competition.

callartistThe newly formed North Dakota affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is a partnership between the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University and Plains Art Museum, both based in Fargo.

“This allows us to have in-state judging and a state awards ceremony for North Dakota teens who participate,” said Kelly Sassi, director of the Red River Valley Writing Project and associate professor of English and education at NDSU. “There were only about 20 entries from the entire state of North Dakota for these awards last year. With $10 million in scholarship awards available at the national level, we feel strongly that more North Dakota students should have the opportunity to compete for these awards.”

The 2015 deadline for submissions is Dec. 17, 2014. Details of the art and writing categories, and entry and submission requirements, are available at www.artandwriting.org. Questions about the North Dakota judging may be directed to Olivia Edwardson, state coordinator, at oedwardson@west-fargo.k12.nd.us.

A ceremony to recognize all North Dakota winners, as well as an exhibition of visual art winners, will be held at Plains Art Museum on Feb. 17, 2015. Gold-level winners by state will move on to the national competition.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were started in 1923 by Scholastic founder Maurice Robinson. They are the nation’s highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers.

In partnership with more than 100 local affiliate organizations, the 2014 Scholastic Awards received 255,000 submissions across 28 art and writing categories. Notable Scholastic Awards alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Burns, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Stephen King, Lena Dunham and many more.

“The One Minute Film Festival” and “Fargo in 60 Seconds”

January 13th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Education, Exhibitions | Comments Off on “The One Minute Film Festival” and “Fargo in 60 Seconds”

We’re excited to present The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012, an exhibition of hundreds of one-minute films created by more than 300 artists whose video vignettes range from the meditative and poignant to the startling surreal and outright funny. Curated by New York-based artist Jason Simon, the film festival comes to Fargo from January 25 to May 24, 2014, as a traveling exhibition created by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). A reception will be held at the Museum featuring a talk by Jason Simon on March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The show also includes artist-designed, full-size movie posters for a selection of the films, many of which are humorous takes on traditional Hollywood movie posters. An hour-long film compilation, Exquisite Corpse 2012, will also be on display. Acting as a modern variation on the Surrealist “exquisite corpse” party game, the film was created by 60 artists who each received the last second of a previous film and built a new minute based on that glimpse. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by The Forum.

Fargo in 60 Seconds

Open call for films through March 17
To expand on the creative vision of The One Minute Film Festival, Plains Art Museum invites submissions from area filmmakers age 14 and up to submit their best one-minute films and video creations. There is no fee to enter, and contributors may submit up to two movies. The entry deadline is March 17, and the submissions will be showcased in a continuously looped screening on the Museum’s Third Floor from March 24 to May 24.

Entries received before February 17 will be considered for inclusion in the Fargo Film Festival’s 2-Minute Movie Contest held in March. The Museum will also host a Teen Filmmakers Awards Night on April 10 for a special screening of films submitted by filmmakers ages 14 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75 and 3rd Place – $50. For more details and entry guidelines, visit www.plainsart.org.

Free Workshop on January 30: Making Your Own One-Minute Film
Area filmmakers from Minnesota State University Moorhead will provide tips and insights on crafting short films on Thursday, January 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum atrium. The workshop is funded in part by Xcel Energy.

Kid Quest Starts Another Great Year, Thanks to Xcel Energy

October 22nd, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, center for creativity, Education, News, Special Events | Comments Off on Kid Quest Starts Another Great Year, Thanks to Xcel Energy

Kid Quest Xcel Energy grant 102213The first Kid Quest for the 2013-14 season kicked off in October in a big way.  More than 250 kids and family members visited the Moby-Dick-inspired exhibitions by T.L. Solien and Kim Bromley, and then collaborated on a community art project featuring an eight-foot-long wire whale sculpture constructed by Dwight Mickelson. Children drew images of their own adventure stories, which were used to create a colorful paper maché covering over the whale’s metal framework.  The finished whale is on display at the Center for Creativity.

To help make Kid Quest a free program, Plains Art Museum received a generous $10,000 grant from Xcel Energy this fall. The grant also will allow the Museum to offer a gallery and studio program for teens in the coming year. Kid Quest is held on the first Saturday of the month from October through April, and also is supported in part by Minnesota Public Radio and The Village Family Magazine. The monthly event offers children and parents the opportunity to explore in the art galleries and then participate in creating an art project together at the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, the Museum’s studio and education wing. More than 2,000 youth and adults attend the free Kid Quest programs each year.

“We’re thrilled to have this continued support from Xcel Energy. It’s so important for families to have opportunities to nurture creative skills and thinking in children, as Kid Quest does,” said Museum CEO and Director Colleen Sheehy. “Xcel’s support allows us to offer Kid Quest for free to all, no matter the financial capacity of families.” Xcel Energy’s grant is part of the company’s corporate giving Arts focus area, which supports nonprofit organizations like Plains Art Museum that foster creation and access to arts and culture.

For more Kid Quest events and registration, check here.

Photo by Milestones Photography

Hidden Fargo in Plain Sight

May 9th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Artists, center for creativity, Education, Exhibitions, News, Press Releases, Special Events | Comments Off on Hidden Fargo in Plain Sight

Plains Art Museum will open the exhibit Wing Young Huie: Hidden Fargo in Plain Sight on Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM. Minneapolis-based photographer Huie joins the Museum again to present images taken during his residency at the Museum last October.

Huie’s subjects come from the everyday: people whose faces we see but often fail to notice. Within each of those individuals, personal stories unfold on the grand and small scales; yet all are affected by a confluence of cultural and social forces. His photographs capture glimpses into these private stories as a way to gain insight into the lives of others.

On May 16, Huie will facilitate and take part in a special talk in the Starion Financial Gallery that will be transformed into a “Third Place,” where participants are encouraged to share their own thoughts and experiences living in our increasingly diverse community. In addition to the images by Huie, the exhibit features work from Fargo-based photographer Ann Arbor Miller. Miller spent time as an informal apprentice with Huie as he worked with various members in the community, documenting and emulating his process.

WHAT: Wing Young Huie Opening Reception including gallery talk, karaoke, ping pong, hors d’ouevres, and cash bar

WHEN: Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM

WHERE: Plains Art Museum

COST: Members free, students $5, nonmembers $10

When Pop Goes Your Culture

April 17th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Artists, Education, Exhibitions, News, Press Releases, Special Events | Comments Off on When Pop Goes Your Culture

As an exploration of Andy Warhol’s appropriation of Native American cultural figures, Plains Art Museum asked photographer Joseph Allen to create a set of images in response to Warhol’s print series Cowboys and Indians. Allen will discuss his work in a public talk at the Museum on Thursday at 7 PM. In the two images, Allen challenges the viewer to question perceptions of the Native American as portrayed in art and commerce. While Warhol’s images attempt to examine such figures through the lens of pop culture, stripped of their original social significance, Allen attempts to bring the issue full circle and raise awareness of how such appropriation affects our understanding of Native American culture and history.

WHO: Joseph Allen

WHAT: “When Pop Goes Your Culture: Joseph Allen Talks Back to Andy Warhol”

WHEN: Thursday, April 18 at 7 PM

WHERE: Plains Art Museum

COST: Free and open to the public

Joseph J. Allen (Lakota/Ojibwe) currently lives on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota and has been exhibiting his art for 18 years. His photographs are in the collections of the Weisman Art Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community archives. His work has also appeared in the books  Beloved Child and Minnesota in Our Time: A Photographic Portrait. Joe has won awards for his work, including a “best photo spread” honor by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) in 1998. He also won a McKnight Photography Fellowship in 1993.

Curator Elizabeth Armstrong to speak on Andy Warhol

April 8th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around Town, Education, Exhibitions, News, Press Releases, Special Events, students | Comments Off on Curator Elizabeth Armstrong to speak on Andy Warhol

Elizabeth Armstrong, Curator of Contemporary Art / Director of the Center for Alternative Museum Practice (CAMP) at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) will discuss “Warhol’s Icons: The Artist’s Search for Reality” on Thursday, April 11 from 7 – 9 PM at MSUM King Hall, Room 110.

For Andy Warhol, wandering the aisles of a supermarket was a voyage in reality far more exciting than looking at contemporary art. Today, as viewers of “The Colbert Report” know, we are living in an age of “truthiness,” in which the relationship between reality and fiction has never been murkier. When did we begin to notice that replicas or artifacts of things were more exciting than the actual things they represented? How did it happen that more people now tune in to fake news shows to get their real news?

Curator Elizabeth Armstrong will explore our shifting experience and understanding of reality through the brilliant artifice of Andy Warhol and the lens of international artists working today. Drawing from her MIA exhibition More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, Armstrong will explore notions of simulation, truthiness, deception, play, and how artists (and she includes Stephen Colbert in this category), help us navigate the growing slippage in our culture between reality and make believe. This project is supported in part by the MSUM Department of Art & Design Colloquium Lecture Series.

WHO: Elizabeth Armstrong, Curator of Contemporary Art / Director of CAMP at MIA

WHAT: “Warhol’s Icons: The Artist’s Search for Reality”

WHEN: Thursday, April 11 from 7 – 9 PM

WHERE: MSUM King Hall, Room 110

COST: Free and open to the public

Youth Art Month Celebration

March 12th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Artists, Education, Exhibitions, News, Special Events, students | Comments Off on Youth Art Month Celebration

The Museum was filled with enthusiastic youth artists this past Sunday as the Plains Art Museum celebrated the 11th annual School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month Reception, exhibiting works from approximately 350 regional K-12 student artists. With approximately 750 people attending the reception, guests enjoyed viewing the art, listening to the fabulous F-M Youth Symphony Orchestra, and browsing the Museum’s exhibitions.

Jackson, a student at Kennedy Elementary, is a very proud exhibitor and was extremely excited to see his artwork in the Museum, according to Sandy Ben-Haim, Plains Art Museum Director of Education. The School Spirit Reception was his second time at the Museum with his mom to view his art, as he visited in early March for Kids Quest.

Youth Art Month is celebrated for the month of March and the Museum will display the student artist’s work through the end of the month. Stop in to see the creativity of these young artists and to visit the rest of the Museum exhibits!

Written by Savanna, Communications Intern

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