Museum programs expand for regional Native American artists

January 1, 1970 - to
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.”

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Central Time Centric symposium set for Fargo in September

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Central Time Centric symposium set for Fargo in September

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Plains Art Museum will host Central Time Centric, a landmark symposium, on September 4-7, 2014, in Fargo, N.D. Socially engaged art has gained recent momentum, though it has long roots in community arts, social and political movements, feminist art, and more. For both artists and arts organizations, social engagement is a means to increase relevance, effect social change, and utilize the qualities of art and the skills and concerns of artists to engage the public and address community issues.

Hear from a distinguished group of socially committed artists and arts leaders working to build a more connected network and community of practice in the Midwest.  Participants will take part in conversations about the role of artists in communities, the most effective ways of doing this work, and the histories that converge today that underpin and inform this work, among other issues.

We invite artists, arts leaders, curators, faculty, students, and others interested in exploring the role of art in social change, environmental issues, community development, and strengthened human connections. Visitors to Fargo will have opportunities to learn about one of the fastest growing small cities in the country and meet our creative community.

Attendees will have free admission to the symposium opening event, Walker Art Center’s 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival. The screening is on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre with pre-screen events starting at 6 p.m.

For more information and registration, visit the Central Time Centric symposium page on our website. For questions, contact Karis Thompson, community engagement liaison, at or 701.551.6101.  Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Avenue North, Fargo, N.D.,

The symposium is $50 ($40 for Museum members and $20 for college students)


Christine Baeumler, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Jackie Brookner, New York City and Fargo
Roger Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis
Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses, Houston
Michael J. Strand, North Dakota State University, Fargo

Panelists and workshop facilitators

Cameron Cartiere, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, B.C.
Julia Cole, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City
Juan Williams Chávez, Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary, St. Louis
DeAnna Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis
Jim Duignan, Stockyard Institute, Chicago
David Dunlap, FYLFOT Fellows Correspondence Club and PAINTALLICA, Iowa City
Matthew Fluharty, Art of the Rural, St. Louis
Sam Gould, Red76, Minneapolis
Wing Young Huie, The Third Place Gallery, Minneapolis
Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson, Works Progress Studio, Minneapolis
Nicolas Lampert, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Su Legatt, North Dakota State University, Fargo
Sandra Menefee Taylor, artist, St. Paul
Jay Salinas, The Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg, WI
Abigail Satinsky, incubate and Threewalls, Chicago
Sarah Schultz, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Colleen Sheehy, Plains Art Museum, Fargo
Brittany Sickler, U.S. Small Business Administration, Fargo
Sandy Spieler, In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre, Minneapolis
Scott Stulen, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Karis Thompson, Plains Art Museum, Fargo
Daniel Tucker, Never the Same, Chicago
Jesse Vogler, The Institute for Marking and Measuring, St. Louis
Dan S. Wang, Compass, Madison Mutual Drift, Red76, Madison, WI
Chaun Webster, Ancestry Books & Free Poet’s Press, Minneapolis
Mark Weiler, ecce gallery, Fargo
Watie White, artist, Omaha, NE
Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul
Heather Zinger, Sanford Health, Fargo and Springboard for the Arts, Fergus Falls, MN

Central Time Centric is supported in part by grants from the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Program and the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by co-sponsorships with the Fargo Theatre, Hotel Donaldson and the Department of Visual Arts, North Dakota State University.

Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is on view June 12 – September 14, 2014. Co-organized by Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI) with Nato Thompson as lead curator, with additional regional projects curated by Colleen Sheehy and the Living as Form project team at Plains Art Museum.



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Introducing Community Quest!

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Introducing Community Quest!

We’re excited to launch Community Quest, a new summer program on July 22 and Aug. 19, from 5-8 p.m. An extension of the museum’s popular Kid Quest program, the events are free to art enthusiasts of all ages through sponsorship by Xcel Energy.

Begin your visit with an exploration of the galleries and an art station area will be set up outside in the Museum’s parking lot where you can create your own work of art inspired by the exhibitions. Everyone is welcome to come and stay as long or as short as they would like during the program time.

July 22: Out with the Old, In with the New –  Enjoy live music by Plains Awesome, a local band featuring some of our talented staff, and channel your  inspiration into turning recycled ceramic plates and cups into personal works of art. Milkhaus will be on site selling ice cream.

August 19: Building Memories – Create a unique piece of nail art using wood, nails, string, and a little muscle power to evoke a special memory in your life. This is a BYOH (bring your own hammer) event!

To register for Community Quest, visit or call (701) 551-6100.

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