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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

Plains Art Museum CEO accepts arts leadership role in Twin Cities

June 11th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Museum People, News | Comments Off on Plains Art Museum CEO accepts arts leadership role in Twin Cities

ColleenThe bad news: Colleen is leaving us for the big city. The good news: She’s giving us lots of lead time, up to October. She’s done amazing things for Plains Art Museum, and we are grateful. Definitely a “glad for her/sad for us” kind of day. Here’s the official story:

Plains Art Museum Director/CEO Colleen Sheehy has accepted the role of president/executive director of Public Art Saint Paul, an arts organization that guides public art projects and programs in Minnesota’s capital city.

The appointment starts July 1 and will initially be part-time until early October, allowing Sheehy to complete projects and lead through this transition period at the Museum. Following Sheehy’s departure in October, Museum CFO Mark Henze will assume the duties of interim CEO until a new leader is on board. Sheehy started with Plains Art Museum in 2008, and previously was the education director at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

“I care deeply about Plains Art Museum and the Fargo-Moorhead community.  It’s been a wonderful journey for seven years, working with our board, staff, donors and supporters, artists, and other area organizations,” Sheehy said. “Over the next few months, I’ll be preparing for the Museum’s upcoming 40th anniversary in October, opening a major show of Picasso ceramics.”

Under Sheehy’s leadership, the Museum completed a major capital campaign, installed a newly commissioned mural by famed pop artist James Rosenquist, and opened the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity in 2012, a 25,500-square-foot addition. The Museum was recently named 2015 Not-for-Profit of the Year by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

“Colleen has been a stellar CEO for the Museum and we’re going to miss her greatly,” said Carol Rogne, Museum board chair. “Plains Art Museum has gained so much under her leadership, from expanded facilities and programs, to major foundation grants and heightened recognition as a progressive arts organization. We wish her the best in her new role.”

Artist in Residence Cannupa Hanska Luger

May 13th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Artists, News | Comments Off on Artist in Residence Cannupa Hanska Luger
Ocarenas by Cannupa Hanska Luger

Ocarenas by Cannupa Hanska Luger

Visual artist and ceramist Cannupa Hanska Luger of Santa Fe, N.M., will lead two week-long workshops at Plains Art Museum from May 26 to June 5 as artist in residence.

The workshops are Ceramics Master Class from May 26-30, and Clay Instruments from June 1 -5. Details and registration for the courses are at

Luger will also give a Creative Voices artist’s talk on Tuesday, May 26, from noon to 1 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

Luger received his BFA in studio ceramics from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2011, graduating with honors. He has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, where he is represented, and he’s currently creating socially conscious work balanced with a high standard of craftsmanship. His work is in several public collections and has been included in international exhibitions. Originally from North Dakota, he was born in Fort Yates, N.D. on the Standing Rock Reservation and has Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian heritage.

The artist in residence program is supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, providing funding for the Museum’s Creativity among Native American Artists Initiative.

Creative Voices Artist’s Talk with Cannupa Hanska Luger
Tuesday, May 26, Noon – 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Artist in Residence Workshop: Ceramics Master Class
Tuesday – Saturday, May 26 – 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artist in Residence Workshop: Clay Instruments
Monday – Friday, June 1 – 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Each workshop is $170 for Museum members, $200 for non-members; Native artists free through funding provided from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Museum programs expand for regional Native American artists

July 29th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Artists, News | Comments Off on Museum programs expand for regional Native American artists

Plains Art Museum is launching a three-year project aimed at expanding opportunities, career development, and recognition for Native American artists in the region. The project, Creativity among Native American Artists, will bring visibility to Native artists in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin through expanded exhibition, professional development, and programming opportunities at Plains Art Museum. The project will also build a network of artists, Native and other nonprofit organizations, and audiences across the region.

Funding for the project comes from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF), which recently awarded the Museum $450,000 as part of its Native Arts and Cultures grantmaking in the Upper Midwest.

“This project builds on programs and collections already in place at the Museum. We’re thrilled to have earned the support of the MACF to cultivate an expanded network of communication, recognition, artistic, and audience development with the larger goal of having Native American artists thrive,” said Colleen Sheehy, CEO/director of Plains Art Museum.

The Museum has presented Native American contemporary artists in recent exhibitions and programs, including Frank Big Bear, Andrea Carlson, and George Morrison, and has actively collected work by Native artists.

“We take on this project realizing the trust-building and respect that must be part of the process,” Sheehy said. “We will increase our knowledge by connecting with specialists in Native arts who can help us better understand and interpret works in our collections, and by adding a program director experienced in Native American arts and culture to undertake the outreach that will make these programs effective.”

Heart/Land and Living as Form open June 12

May 30th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, News, Special Events | Comments Off on Heart/Land and Living as Form open June 12

Plains Art Museum will host an opening reception on June 12 from 6–9 p.m. for Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters and Living as Form (The Nomadic Version). These two major exhibitions kick off a full slate of socially engaged art events offered at the Museum this summer. Reception events include performances by participants in the Museum’s Buzz Lab teen internship program, and a conversation and exhibition catalogue signing with Twin Cities artist Sandra Menefee Taylor.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 12, 6-9 PM
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
Members free, $10 nonmembers, $5 students
6 – 6:30 PM ● Reception Welcome
6:30 – 7 PM ● Buzz Lab Performances
7:30 PM ● Artist and Curator Talk, Catalogue Signing

About Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters
Plains Art Museum presents Heart/Land: Sandra Menefee Taylor’s Vital Matters as the third installment of the Mothers of Invention exhibition series. Using common materials—such as flour, dirt, and other organic materials—and common people’s stories, Menefee Taylor shapes extraordinary installation works that explore “vital matters,” drawn from the basic elements of life. A pioneer in socially engaged art, in which artists engage specific communities or audiences in the artistic process, she has gathered stories and memories to transform the words and lives of farmwomen, college students, and others into beautiful and intriguing works of art.

Menefee Taylor’s work is in prominent private and corporate collections, as well as the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Historical Society, among others. Heart/Land runs through Sept. 21, and is curated by Laura Wertheim Joseph from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Support for Sandra Menefee Taylor’s exhibition and catalogue is provided by Jody Augstadt, Carmen Borshad, Carmen Bruhn, Joann Colville, Sandi Dahl, Deborah Davy, Sarah Gray, Mary Ivers, Kimberly Mehlhoff, Peggy Mickelson, Naomi Nakamoto, Jennifer Paulsrud, Carol Rogne, Shari Scapple, Carol Schlossman, Marjorie Schlossman, Mary Schlossman, Gin Templeton and Fargo–Moorhead Area Foundation Women’s Fund.

About Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)
Living as Form
is an unprecedented, international project exploring 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement. The originating exhibition appeared in New York in the fall of 2011, and the traveling exhibition is co-organized by Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI) with Nato Thompson as lead curator. In collaboration with 25 curators from around the world, Thompson selected dozens of socially engaged projects as the foundation of Living as Form (The Nomadic Version). A segment of those projects will be featured at Plains Art Museum through Sept. 14. Plains Art Museum has added more than a dozen artists and projects to the exhibition to showcase socially engaged art in our region.

Throughout the summer, artists from our region will add their unique voices to the exhibition through a program series offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all free of charge. Learn more about specific events at Living as Form programs. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Ave. N. in downtown Fargo, and information on programs, events, and classes are available at

Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is co-organized by Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI), and assembled in collaboration with Plains Art Museum.  Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is the flexible, expanding iteration of Living as Form, an exhibition curated by Nato Thompson and presented by Creative Time in the fall of 2011 in New York City. Lead project support for the original Living as Form exhibition was provided by the Annenberg Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Danish Consulate, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mondriaan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support for Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) was provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; and the ICI Board of Trustees.

Support for the Plains Art Museum’s presentation of Living as Form and related programming is supported in part by a Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant and the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the exhibition and programs do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Free summer admission to active duty military and families

May 21st, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, News, Press Releases | Comments Off on Free summer admission to active duty military and families

Plains Art Museum will again offer free admission to current military members and their families this summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day through the Blue Star Museums program. The Museum is closed on Memorial Day and Labor Day, but open all days between, from May 27 to August 31. Current military members presenting a valid military ID receive free admission for themselves and immediate family up to five guests. Children and youth always receive free general admission.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states that offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day annually. Visit to learn more about the program and find other participating museums.

Plains Art Museum is located at 704 First Avenue North in Fargo.

Wayne Gudmundson’s “47º North: Daybreaks” opens May 15

May 6th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Artists, Exhibitions, News | Comments Off on Wayne Gudmundson’s “47º North: Daybreaks” opens May 15
Wayne Gudmundson, #2, 2013, Digital photograph, 9 x 12 in., Courtesy of the artist.

Wayne Gudmundson, #2, 2013, Digital photograph, 9 x 12 in., Courtesy of the artist.

An exhibition of new work by prominent area photographer Wayne Gudmundson opens May 15 at Plains Art Museum with a reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Starion Gallery. 47° North: Daybreaks at Bad Medicine Lake showcases majestic sunrises Gudmundson shot between the summer and winter solstices from the vantage point of his cabin porch in northwestern Minnesota. Well-known for his large format black-and-white analog photographs, Gudmundson enters new territory with this series of digital color images. The show runs through September 14 in the Museum’s Starion Gallery.

47° North: Daybreaks at Bad Medicine Lake by Wayne Gudmundson
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres by Mosaic Foods and cash bar
Free for members, $10 for nonmembers, $5 for students

Sabrina Hornung exhibition also opens May 15
Also opening on May 15 is Sabrina Hornung: Trail Dust and Sentiment. Hornung specializes in blending traditional and alternative photography processes with drawing, painting, and collage. Trail Dust is on exhibit in the Museum’s Xcel Energy Gallery through September 7.

Meet Our New Board Members

December 9th, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, Museum People, News | Comments Off on Meet Our New Board Members

We are delighted to welcome four dynamic new members to our Board of Directors. Mike Allmendinger, Brian Hayer, Susan Mathison, and Sam Wai bring great enthusiasm and business expertise, and we are grateful for their participation. Read on to see what drew them to the Museum.

SONY DSCMike Allmendinger
General Manager, Kilbourne Group
Principal, Land Elements

“To locate the Museum in downtown Fargo was a visionary move, and it’s had a tremendous impact on our culture in Fargo and Moorhead. I’m especially excited to support the experiences that the Plains Art Museum creates for our region, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to support this vision.”

Mike is the founder of Land Elements, a landscape architecture company with a team of landscape architects who focus on concept design to create a unique sense of place in the outdoor environment. In 2006 he also joined the Kilbourne Group as general manager. Kilbourne Group is a catalyst of inspiration and action for vibrant downtown communities. Mike is an active board member of Fargo’s Downtown Community Partnership and a hockey coach with Fargo Youth Hockey.

brian_hayer_sqBrian Hayer
President and CEO, Warner and Company Insurance

“I have been interested in art since I was a child. I collected artwork over the years and became even more interested when I won an auction item at the Plains Art Museum Spring Gala a few years back for a trip to New York with a guided art tour from the chief curator. It was an awesome experience. I chaired the Gala in 2013, and I’m excited to get more involved.”

After joining Warner and Company Insurance in 1986 as a business marketing trainee, Brian worked his way to leadership positions and was named president and CEO in 2007. In 2012, Brian and his company received prestigious recognition as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Family Owned Business of the Year, and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. He is an active member of several education, arts, and civic groups, and holds current leadership roles with the United Way of Cass Clay, Fargo Kiwanis, and the Downtown Community Partnership, among others.

Susan Mathison sq Susan Mathison, M.D.
Owner/President, Catalyst Medical Center

“I have been interested in art from an early age when I won a contest for drawing a bunny. My mother and aunt are skilled artists and I loved watching them work. I’ve enjoyed supporting local artists and have filled the walls of my office with regional color.”


Dr. Susan Mathison is the founder and medical director of Catalyst Medical Center & Clinical Spa in Fargo. She specializes in Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), head/neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. A passionate advocate for total wellness and a skillful entrepreneur, Susan is a sought-after speaker, a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, a popular blogger, and the author of an upcoming book, Positively Beautiful: Loving the Skin You Are In. She also serves on the board for Dakota Medical Foundation, and has established a family fund through DMF that supports health initiatives with an emphasis on women and children.

Sam Wai sqSam Wai

Treasurer, American Crystal Sugar

“I enjoy art and have collected art for decades. I feel that art reflects who we are, our time and place, and ultimately, the human spirit.”



Sam Wai is the treasurer at American Crystal Sugar Company, the largest beet sugar producer in the United States, which generates nearly 20 percent of the nation’s sugar. He has worked in various financial roles at the company since 1979. Sam is a keen expert on wine who teaches Fargo/Moorhead Communiversity courses that provide meaningful insights on a region’s wine, history, and culture. A classical music devotee, he is also on the Board of Trustees for Minnesota Public Radio and served many years on MPR’s Regional Advisory Council for Fargo/Moorhead.

Plains Art Museum receives a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

December 3rd, 2013 by Amy Richardson Posted in Around the Museum, News | Comments Off on Plains Art Museum receives a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

We are able to share some wonderful news today: The Bush Foundation announced the award of a $200,000 Community Innovation Grant to Plains Art Museum. Our project, Public Art and Community Engagement, was one of 34 programs to receive grants from the Foundation, which received 618 grant applications from within Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota for this round of funding.

“This is exciting news for our communities,” said Colleen Sheehy, Plains Art Museum Director and CEO. “The Museum has built a strong network of community partners around specific public art projects and also as part of our ongoing work in social engagement that includes city staff and departments, universities and colleges, area businesses, arts organizations, immigrant organizations, and youth programs. We’re excited to work together to build more vibrant cities with strong community engagement by using art and artists to lead the way.”

Funds from the grant will be used to increase the vibrancy of the urban cores of Fargo and Moorhead through demonstration public art projects, exhibitions, a symposium, community meetings, and workshops. The range of activities includes:

  • Three artist-led initiatives that will be demonstration projects in public art, which also have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and from Artplace America. The Defiant Gardens program includes a Garden for the Moorhead Power Plant, a Winter Fern Grotto for Fargo, and a Pollinator Garden on museum grounds.
  • Collaborating with the City of Fargo on “The Fargo Project,” a community collaboration to redesign a storm water retention basin, partially funded by an Our Town NEA grant.
  • Supporting socially engaged art and community connections by collaborating on art and community projects in summer 2014 in Living as Form. This will be an artist and community engagement platform that will bring people together to create and experience temporary art and activities that address community needs. A symposium will bring together Midwestern artists to discuss and demonstrate social engagement art practices occurring in the Midwest.
  • Collaborating on and presenting public art workshops for artists, developers, city planning staff, faculty and students.
  • Engaging with city staff, arts leaders, and artists to advance public art plans and involvement of artists in community projects in order to create more vibrant public places that are welcoming and appealing to all.

The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches.  The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.

“Community innovation occurs when people come together to think bigger and think differently about what is possible for their communities,” said Molly Matheson Gruen, the Bush Foundation’s community innovation manager. “Our inaugural Community Innovation Grant recipients are tackling a range of issues impacting quality of life in their communities.  And they are doing it in a way that ensures all voices are heard and that the solutions will endure.”

The Bush Foundation is awarding more than $4 million to 34 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Community Innovation Grant program. The Foundation received 618 Community Innovation Grant applications requesting more than $76 million.

The full list of Community Innovation Grant recipients can be found on the Bush Foundation website.

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