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From the Curator: An Unveiling at the NDSU Ceramics Department

November 8th, 2013 by Becky Dunham Posted in Around Town, Artists, Exhibitions | Comments Off

NDSU KilnHello from your new Curator at Plains Art Museum! Earlier this week, a few of the Museum staff and I accepted the invitation of David Swenson, NDSU Associate Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, and Daniel Siverson, NDSU Studio Technician, to watch them unload freshly fired ceramic wares from the Art Department’s massive wood-fire kiln.

As an amateur ceramist, I readily welcomed this opportunity. And what an experience it was! Despite the encroaching wintry weather, it was a perfect sunny day to see David and Daniel carefully remove and inspect all of the objects, with assistance from an undergraduate ceramic student and members of the newly-launched post-baccalaureate ceramics program. It was especially memorable as one of the works unloaded was a large pot by Daniel that will be featured in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota (Feb. 8 – May 11, 2014).

This exhibition is part of the Museum’s new initiative to promote the education of and collecting and exhibiting of ceramics. We are partnering with Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis to showcase the amazing work local artists are making in ceramics, a medium that has a long, rich history in the region. With this exhibition, along with our ceramics facilities in the Center for Creativity and continued collecting of ceramic objects, the Museum is poised to become to a leader in the field.

Thank you to NDSU for including us in your unloading—we look forward to partnering with you and the other local schools on future projects!

Photo: Daniel Siverson, top, carefully removes a large pot he created from NDSU’s wood-fired kiln with help from Michael Weiss, left, and David Swenson, right. The pot will be featured in a contemporary ceramics exhibition at Plains Art Museum, opening Feb. 8, 2014.

Call For Entries: Happy Birthday, James Rosenquist!

October 14th, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, News, Special Events | Comments Off

The North Dakota Mural by James Rosenquist at Plains Art Museum. The mural was commissioned by the Museum and dedicated in 2010. Milestones Photography

To celebrate James Rosenquist’s 80th birthday, Plains Art Museum invites artists to submit images of work to be displayed in an exhibition titled Happy Birthday, James Rosenquist! Works in all media will be considered that are inspired by or in the spirit of this major 20th/21st century artist, whose roots run deep in North Dakota and Minnesota. Submissions will be reviewed by museum staff, and the selected works will be featured in a curated show in the museum’s Atrium from February to May 2014.

Please submit images of work by December 1, 2013. Artists are invited to submit already made works or they may create new pieces. Submissions may be large, but must remain smaller than 6 x 6 feet in size. Email submissions to Becky Dunham, museum curator, at and include the following information about the work in the email: title, medium, dimensions, and date of creation.

For more on Rosenquist’s art, visit and here.

Museum hosts Sept. 25 receptions for FMVA, teaching artists

September 20th, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Artists, center for creativity, Exhibitions, News, Special Events | Comments Off

Ren Fuglestad PotteryPlains Art Museum will host two simultaneous opening events on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m., to display new artwork by the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) and the Museum’s teaching artists.  Both events and the Museum galleries will be free and open to the public that evening.

The FMVA reception is a preview of works across a range of mediums by more than 40 artists participating in the annual FMVA Studio Crawl. The show and reception will be in the Xcel Energy Gallery and stays on exhibit through the Crawl, which is held on Oct. 5 and 6.  During the Crawl, visitors to the museum who present a Crawl brochure will have free admission to all galleries.

The “Meet the Artist” open house in the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity showcases the talents of several professional teaching artists who lead adult and youth classes. Visitors are invited to explore the various classrooms in the Center for Creativity and connect with instructors during the open house.

For more information, visit and

Photo: Pottery by Ren Fuglestad

Toward the Setting Sun inspired by classic and contemporary novels

September 12th, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, Special Events | 0 comments

T. L. Solien, Waterlilies, 2007 Mixed media on paper 30 5⁄8 x 35 1⁄2 in.

Art with a twist: the opening reception for T. L. Solien’s new show features music, food, and refreshments, including a special “Moby-tini” martini created especially for the event, which takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st. On Sunday, Sept. 22, from noon to 10 p.m. the Museum becomes the site for 60 narrators participating in a marathon read of Moby-Dick, the initial inspiration for the Toward the Setting Sun exhibition, which runs through January 12, 2014.

Solien began this series in 2003 after reading Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel. He was struck by how the main character, Ahab, is so hell-bent on destroying the great whale Moby-Dick that his fanatical obsession leads him and his whaling crew to ruin. Solien identified with Ahab’s tragic flaws and recognized patterns that are deeply ingrained in American history and culture, and set about exploring the novel’s themes and characters in visual form. This led him to the 1999 novel, Ahab’s Wife, or the Star-Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund. He shifted the focus of his visual art to Ahab’s wife, who became his main character, “an Every Woman,” who travels through history and geography, moving beyond the narrative of the novel. In Solien’s hands, Ahab’s wife reinvents herself in different settings and professions, adapting to her circumstances rather than imposing her will on the world, as Ahab strove to do.

In collaboration with many community partners, Plains Art Museum is hosting several related events that correspond to the T. L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun exhibition. The Museum partnered with the public libraries in Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo to promote the “Three Communities, Two Books, One Art Exhibit” project, encouraging people to read Moby-Dick and Ahab’s Wife in anticipation of the exhibition opening. Events in the coming weeks include lectures, workshops, book discussions, performances of the opera Moby-Dick by Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and a visiting author series in partnership with North Dakota State University featuring Sena Jeter Naslund, bestselling author of Ahab’s Wife. In addition, special screenings of movies that inspired the Solien exhibition will be held at area libraries and the Fargo Theatre. All events are free, except where noted. The full schedule of events is available at Plains Public Events and

T. L. Solien, Waterlilies, 2007 Mixed media on paper 30 5⁄8 x 35 1⁄2 in.

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

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

It’s Spring Gala Time!

April 24th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Exhibitions, News, Special Events | Comments Off

Join the Plains Art Museum for your Fifteen Minutes of Fame at the 17th annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 4th from 7 PM – Midnight! With presenting sponsor Border States Electric, the theme will be based on Andy Warhol’s Creating Myth and Icon exhibition, so come dressed to impress as your favorite icon or in cocktail attire. The night will be filled with ravishing fun!

Mosaic Foods will be catering their famous food for the event followed by delicious desserts from Nichole’s Fine Pastry. Happy Harry’s will be providing a wine and beer tasting and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will be performing live music so guests can dance the night away! In addition, there will be dinner music by Diane Miller and the Silver Daggers, a photo booth to capture your look, cocktails by Side Street, and much more.

A silent art auction will be held throughout the event where regional artists will have their artwork for sale.

Proceeds will benefit the Plains Art Museum educational programs.

To purchase tickets, visit or call (701) 232-3821.

Written by Savanna, Communications Intern.

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

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

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

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

Museum finalist for ArtPlace Grant

February 26th, 2013 by Nicole Posted in Around the Museum, Exhibitions, Museum Initiatives, News, Press Releases | Comments Off

Plains Art Museum has been named a finalist for a grant from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the United States through grants and loans, research, communication, and advocacy. The Museum was selected as one of 105 finalists, representing the best of the 1,225 letters of inquiry from across the country. Finalists were chosen for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity.

“It is a huge honor to be a finalist for this prestigious national grant,” said Colleen Sheehy, Plains Art Museum Director and CEO. “We have been working on these public art projects for Fargo-Moorhead for several years, and an ArtPlace grant would help us to bring these to fruition. Our communities want more public art.”

The Museum’s grant proposal aims to increase the vibrancy of the urban cores of downtown Fargo and neighboring Moorhead by fulfilling three artist-led initiatives in Plains Art Museum’s program, Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead. The project was inspired by landscape historian Kenneth Helphand’s book, “Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime” (2006) and applies his concept of “defiant gardens” as a productive model for place-making by artists to build vibrancy and social engagement into urban spaces. Projects include:

  • Defiant Garden for the Moorhead Power Plant
    • The Moorhead City Council, Moorhead Public Service Commission, and citizens have been grappling for five years about the redevelopment of the Power Plant building and site. The Defiant Garden for that site will bring people to a new garden in an area that has been off-limits because of its industrial nature and will create an amenity. Rob Fischer and Kevin Johson are serving as the artists for the Power Plant.
  • Pollinator Garden for Plains Art Museum
    • The Pollinator Garden will be created with K-12 school students and be tied to 4-H and science classes. The Museum site, which is surrounded by building, streets, and parking lots, will incorporate a lively green space and learning laboratory, where people in the neighborhood can convene and enjoy the outdoors. Christine Bauemler is serving as the lead artist for the Pollinator Garden.
  • Fern Grotto for Fargo
    • The Fern Grotto will bring people to a new amenity – a small greenhouse on the main retail street of downtown and be a pleasant respite during North Dakota’s long winters. There is currently no indoor green space in Fargo, like a conservatory, accessible to the public. Mark Dion, in collaboration with architect Regin Schwaen, is servings as the lead artist for the Fern Grotto.

This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. To date, ArtPlace has distributed $26.9 million to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the country.  ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

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