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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.

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.

 

Call for Entries! Museum Seeks Community Collections from North of Normal

June 23rd, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around Town, Exhibitions | Comments Off on Call for Entries! Museum Seeks Community Collections from North of Normal

Are you driven by a passion to find just the right item to add to your collection? Then Plains Art Museum wants to hear from you! Community members are invited to share the wonderful, weird, or wacky treasures that define their personal tastes as collectors in a new show: Community Collections from North of Normal, which will be on view from Oct. 23, 2015 to Feb. 6, 2016. 

About the Exhibition
“Inspired by our upcoming 40th anniversary and role as a collecting institution, Plains Art Museum will showcase unusual and interesting collections from the area,” said Curator Becky Dunham. “This celebration of the art of collecting will focus on non-art items such as tools, household goods, sporting equipment, jewelry, toys, music, books, nature (insects, rocks) and so on—basically anything individuals find collectible, from everyday things to the outright eccentric.” The title of the exhibition is inspired by the new brand slogan ‘North of Normal,’ unveiled earlier this year by the Fargo Moorhead Convention and  Visitors Bureau.

Submission Guidelines – Entries due July 31, 2015
To submit a collection for consideration, please send a completed Community Collections Submission Form and up to three digital images according to the instructions at bit.ly/plainscc. Submissions are due July 31, 2015, and notification of acceptance will be sent by Sept. 14. Collectors must be able to deliver their collections to the Museum between Oct. 12 and 16. For more information, visit www.plainsart.org.

Community Print Exchange Connects University Printmakers

March 25th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Exhibitions, Special Events, students | Comments Off on Community Print Exchange Connects University Printmakers

Plains Art Museum presents Community on April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., a print exchange organized by artist Amanda Heidt, manager of the Museum’s Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio. For the exchange, university-based artists will create and submit an edition of 30 prints on the theme “community” and will receive prints from other artists in return.

This event is free and open to the public.

Participants include faculty and students from Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, University of Manitoba, University of North Dakota, and Valley City State University. One print from each edition will be given to these institutions and also will be displayed at the Museum from April 3 – 30.

 

Museum hosts Native American programs

February 27th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, Special Events | Comments Off on Museum hosts Native American programs

Fargo, N.D. – As part of its new outreach program with Native American artists in the region, Plains Art Museum will host upcoming talks, an exhibition, and a workshop. For more information, visit www.plainsart.org, or contact Laura Youngbird, 701-551-6119, lyoungbird@plainsart.org.

March 20, 2-4 p.m.
“Holy Generation Women” – A Talk by LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

Tribal historian and storyteller LaDonna Brave Bull Allard from Standing Rock, N.D., will present “Oncage Wakan Winyan” Holy Generation Women – The History of Native American Women. The event is sponsored by Daughters of the Earth, Native American Commission, FM Native American Center and Plains Art Museum.

Opening April 4 through August 29
Julie Buffalohead: Coyote Dreams exhibition
This mid-career survey of Artist Julie Buffalohead’s work is a traveling exhibition organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul. A reception and workshop is planned for mid-July.

April 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
“Creative Voices: Native American Artists at Plains Art Museum”
featuring Monte Yellow Bird Sr.
Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., or Black Pinto Horse as he also is known in the art world, will speak about his work as a professional artist, including his extensive work as an artist educator providing presentations and artist residencies across the nation.

April 17 & 18
Native American Artist Professional Development Training

Sponsored by First Peoples Fund, this two-day workshop is free and open to Native artists and covers pricing art, marketing, portfolio creation, and business budgeting. Call (605) 348-0324 or enroll online at www.firstpeoplesfund.org.

Creativity among Native American Artists, an outreach program to increase visibility of Native artists in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, is funded through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Ave. N. in downtown Fargo.

Bakken Boom! exhibition opens January 29

January 8th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, Special Events | Comments Off on Bakken Boom! exhibition opens January 29

Plains Art Museum presents Bakken Boom! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush, a powerful new exhibition opening January 29 with a public reception from 7 – 9 p.m.

Bakken Boom! provides a striking array of artistic interpretations of North Dakota’s current oil rush, which has catapulted the state to second in the nation in oil production. The show gives insight to the new realities in western North Dakota and the profound impact of the energy boom on lives and the land.

Organized by Plains Art Museum, this groundbreaking exhibition curated by Becky Dunham includes 22 individual artists, three artistic collaborations, and selections from the Museum’s collection. Ranging from documentary photos and film, to sculpture, printmaking, paintings, and installations, the show reflects the many ways visual artists are exploring and commenting on the social, political, economic, and environmental dynamics of this hot topic. Covering two galleries, the show is on display through August 15, 2015.

Bakken Boom! Opening Reception
Thursday, January 29, 7 – 9 PM
Light appetizers and cash bar, members free, nonmembers $10, students $5
Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Downtown Fargo, www.plainsart.org, 701-551-6100

Related Programs

Bakken Boom!  Community Conversations
Free and open to the public; all programs held at Plains Art Museum

Final Friday Art Break: Spotlight on Artists in Bakken Boom!
Fridays: January 30, February 27, May 29 • Noon – 1 PM
Lunchtime gallery discussion series led by artists, curators, and/or educators.

IdeaExchange: Bakken Boom! Lives, Land, & Labor
Thursday, February 12 • 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Conversations with artists, area scholars, and researchers on Bakken issues. Pre-registration required at www.plainsart.org under Learn/Community Programs, or call 701-551-6100.

IdeaExchange: Human Trafficking on Highway 2
Thursday, March 5 • 6:30 – 8:30 PM
At this community conversation program, members of the Road to Williston Collective will share stories of their work on display in Bakken Boom! Their installation deals with human trafficking of Native American women and girls on U.S. Highway 2 from Duluth, Minn., to Williston, N.D. Pre-registration required at www.plainsart.org under Learn/Community Programs, or call 701-551-6100.

Art Scrawl
Saturday, March 21
• 2 – 4 PM
The Red River Valley Writing Project
partners with the Museum for an engaging afternoon looking at works and writing about Bakken Boom!  Pre-registration required at www.plainsart.org under Learn/Community Programs, or call 701-551-6100.

Book Discussion: Fractured Land
Thursday, March 26 • 6:30 – 7:30 PM
The Museum, in partnership with Fargo Public Library, will host a book club discussion of the recently published Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil by Lisa Westberg Peters. The book is available for check out at the library and for sale at the Museum Store.

Museum gallery hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 11 AM – 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday and Monday closed

Bakken Boom! is supported by lead sponsor Doris Slaaten, with additional contributions from Yvonne Condell, Linda Olson, Walter Piehl, and B.J. Zander.

“In Crypt” turns mundane into monumental

November 18th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions | Comments Off on “In Crypt” turns mundane into monumental

Wall Portrait for webMaking a Scene: Wischer turns page on household object
By John Lamb
The Forum, Nov, 17, 2014

Photo by Mark Anthony

Stephen Wischer has been letting his fingers do the talking. All summer he’s been cutting and conditioning about 50 tons of discarded phone books in preparation for his installation at the Plains Art Museum.

The work, “In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered,” features about 3,000 phone books stacked and screwed into the atrium wall, creating a surface that looks like an aged, crumbling brick wall. The grand scale of the construction plays against the flimsiness of the paper pages, and the nature of the phone tomes gives the artist plenty of platforms to dissect.

Wischer, an associate professor of architecture at North Dakota State University, cut through about 20 million phone book pages to give his wall the right look and feel.

“After they are destroyed, they become symbolic again,” he says. “There is a vestige of culture, of future mortality, a memorial for the people within.”

The work is up through Feb. 22.

Q: What’s this project about?

A: One idea was to explore Vitruvius story of the coinciding development of language and architecture in contemporary terms by collapsing two fundamental units of Western civilization – books and bricks – into this ruinous wall.

As with any temple, always a larger symbol made from many smaller symbols, books have traditionally pointed beyond themselves as “containers” and “transmitters” of knowledge.

I have always been inspired by works that interconnect diverse cultural themes, and I wanted this installation to speak of many things simultaneously, things ancient and modern, mundane and monumental.

Q: Why telephone books?

A: Phone books are ideal to create these kinds of ironic tensions. Alone, phone books are recognizably about the efficient transfer of information and goods. In the installation, there is a disruption of the common association and use of these books, a transformation of standardized, everyday items into unique forms.

Encrypting the direct information of the books into the installation opens a space of interpretation. Now the familiar can be seen as many things.

Q: Why are some edges of the books more frayed or distressed?

A: The process was as much destructive as creative. Many books were left outside over the summer, so they took on various patinas. Others were cut with a saw.

Either way, this has much to do with ruins – ones created by nature or human-made ones. Having these opposites present draws various references into the work and helps to affect the experience of time. One always feels time is different in the presence of a ruin. The phonebooks are also ruins, becoming an obsolete form of communication.

Q: Why do some areas seem more orderly, more neatly stacked and others seem more loosely stacked?

A: Things can only appear to fall over when they are in the context of something stable. Juxtapositions create uneasy tensions among references.

For example, the stacked bricks don’t really align with the bendable materiality of paper or the geological feeling of the wall. The perishable properties of paper contrast with the perceived sturdiness and brittleness of masonry. It’s about integrating opposites.

Q: Why is there blood on some of the books?

A: Sacrifice and warfare are part of the brutal beginnings of all religions and civilizations, and the reason much architecture was created. The blood used for this installation is no longer “sacrificial” but rather a byproduct of our consumerist culture, the productive blood of fast food, for example. It seems that, in a hidden way, brutality is still very much part of who we are. The cow’s blood is used to collapse references between then and now, to see similarities in what initially appears to be different.

If you go

What: Stephen Wischer’s installation, “In Crypt: On New Worlds Re-Ordered”

When: On display during regular museum hours through Feb. 22

Where: Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave., N., Fargo

This exhibition is supported in part by hibu/Yellow Pages

Book signing and show opening for “Samson’s Gift” on Nov. 15

October 27th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, Special Events, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Book signing and show opening for “Samson’s Gift” on Nov. 15

Plains Art Museum will host an exhibition of acrylic and watercolor paintings created by award-winning artist Ellen Jean Diederich as illustrations for her new book, Samson’s Gift. The show opens Saturday, Nov. 15, with a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Museum’s Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

Samson’s Gift is a Christmas tale about the joy of selfless giving, which Diederich brings to life through the character of Samson, a sheep afraid to get his wool sheared. At the book signing, Diederich will give an author’s talk, and Cole Carley will read from the book.

The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments and treats provided. Samson’s Gift will be available for purchase at the event and at the Museum gift shop. The paintings are on exhibit through Jan. 11, 2015.

Diederich is the owner/publisher of Givinity Press in Fargo, www.givinity.com. She teaches watercolor workshops locally and nationally. A member of Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, Diedrich will also give an FMVA Visual Talk at the Museum on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The talk covers the inspiration and book production insights for Samson’s Gift, and is free and open to the public.

Check out the recent coverage in The Forum on Ellen and  Samson’s Gift!

Studio Crawl Preview, Cuplomacy, and Kid Quest highlight American Craft Week

September 30th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Exhibitions, Special Events | Comments Off on Studio Crawl Preview, Cuplomacy, and Kid Quest highlight American Craft Week

Plains Art Museum is one of the participating regional sponsors for American Craft Week, a 10-day celebration from Oct. 3-12. Related events offered at the Museum during the week include the FMVA Studio Crawl Preview, the community launch of Michael Strand’s Cuplomacy project, and the Museum’s annual kick off for its popular Kid Quest series.

FMVA Studio Crawl Preview – Now through Oct. 12

The Museum is currently exhibiting 36 works by artists taking part in the 11th annual Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl, held Oct. 4-5. The FMVA exhibition closes Oct. 12. For more, visit www.fmva.org.

Cuplomacy: To Washington D.C. …Love, Fargo – Oct. 4, 5

Michael Strand is engaging in a proactive project to invite U.S. senators to cut through the barriers to conversation and share a cup of coffee across the aisle. Strand, Head of the Department of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, will be at Plains Art Museum during the FMVA Studio Crawl on Oct. 4-5 to involve the community in a series of activities that will illuminate how we collectively value dialog in everyday life and our reflections on the health of our political system.  Strand has also created a platform to involve the community to provide ideas and input on the design of two distinct sets of cups and saucers, one for Democrats and one for Republicans.  Museum admission is free during the FMVA Studio Crawl weekend.

The finished cups, designed by the community and created by Strand,  will be delivered  in 2015 to each senator by a citizen of their state as a mismatched set—with a cup from the respective party and a saucer from the “other” party. Senators will be asked to share in a cup of coffee with someone not in their party and swap saucers. “Hopefully, the completed set will become a gentle reminder of the importance of sitting down face-to-face,” Strand says.  “It’s a simple gesture, but right now, simple sounds like a good place to start.  For more, visit www.cuplomacy.com.

Kid Quest – Oct. 11

The first Kid Quest for the 2014-15 season takes place on Oct. 11, 1-4 p.m. in the Center for Creativity with “Treasure Nest.” Participants will craft a nest from clay and personalize it with twigs, dried flowers, and other found objects. Kid Quest is a free, family-oriented event made possible by a grant from Excel Energy, with additional support from The Village Family Magazine and Minnesota Public Radio. Kid Quest is offered monthly from October through April. For more, visit our Kid Quest registration page.

For more detail on American Craft Week and area events, visit www.americancraftweekfm.com.

“Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show” opens Oct. 9

September 26th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions | Comments Off on “Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show” opens Oct. 9

Plains Art Museum spotlights the 24 full-time studio art instructors at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University in Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show. Each artist is displaying a group of works, and the show covers an array of styles and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, mixed-media, photography, and installation art.

Art Boom recognizes the contributions of these higher ed institutions in establishing the foundation for the visual arts in Fargo-Moorhead and acknowledges the current faculty’s continued influence on the arts community,” said Becky Dunham, the Museum’s curator.

Opening reception
The opening reception is Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5-7- p.m., with pizza, appetizers, beverages and cash bar. The event is free for members and Tri-college students, $10 for nonmembers.  Art Boom runs through Jan. 4, 20

Art Boom artists
Concordia: David Boggs, Heidi Goldberg, Ross Hilgers, Michael Marth, Mark Sorgaard
MSUM: Brad Bachmeier, Donald Clark, Meghan Duda, Zhimin Guan, Loral Iverson-Hannaher, Carl Oltvedt, Jim Park, Sherry Short, Kelli Sinner, Patrick Vincent, Chris Walla
NDSU: Nate Booth, Kimble Bromley, Kent Kapplinger, Meghan Kirkwood, Su Legatt, Daniel Siverson, David Swenson, Michael Strand

Related events
On Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.,  Plains Art Museum hosts “Art School 3.0” with Museum Director Colleen Sheehy and three leaders of the art departments at NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia College—Michael Strand, Kelli Sinner, and Peter Schultz. The panel will discuss the exhibit and share insights on the state of college art departments and future trends. The event is free and open to the public.

Faculty Showcase Gallery Talks will be offered in December. The free talks start at 1 p.m. and last a half-hour. Dates and topics are Dec. 2, Paintings; Dec. 4, Photography; Dec. 9, Ceramics and Sculpture; and Dec. 11, Prints and Drawings.

The exhibition and related events are made possible through sponsorship by The Forum, the newspaper of Fargo-Moorhead, and a funding from Tri-College University.

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