Plains Art Museum offers Autism and Art Workshops

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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

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Melissa Sobolik and Laura Youngbird join Plains Art Museum

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Melissa Sobolik and Laura Youngbird join Plains Art Museum

Laura and MelissaWe’re thrilled to announce two new members of our team: Melissa Sobolik (shown at right) as development director and Laura Youngbird (shown at left) as program director for an outreach project with Native American artists.

Melissa will lead fundraising efforts for donations and grants, membership, corporate partnerships, and legislative outreach. She was previously director of agency and client services at the Great Plains Food Bank where she directed programs statewide for food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens. She is also a member of the Fargo City Commission, and has served on the boards for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, Metro Youth Partnership, and Theatre B. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Concordia College, Moorhead. You can reach Melissa at, 701-551-6122.

Prior to this role, Laura taught at Circle of Nations School, an inter-tribal, off-reservation boarding school for grades 4-8 located in Wahpeton, N.D. She is a visual artist based in Breckenridge, Minn., who works in clay, collage, and printmaking. Laura is president of the Three Rivers Art Council, and has served as president of the Red River Indian Association and on the board of Lake Region Arts Council. She will direct the Museum’s Creativity among Native American Artists program, which offers expanded exhibition, professional development, and programming opportunities for Native artists in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Laura graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead where she received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree, a Master’s degree in Drawing and Printmaking, and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Education. You can reach Laura at, 701-551-6119.

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Bakken Boom! exhibition opens January 29

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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,, 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 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 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 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.

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Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 19

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Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 19

Plains Art Museum will host “Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a screenprinting activity with quotes from Dr. King. Registration is required to ensure enough supplies. Register at or call 701-551-6100. The event is supported in part by Moorhead Rotary Club.

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New Hours in 2015

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New Hours in 2015

Plains Art Museum has new visiting hours for 2015.  The Museum will close on Sundays. While galleries are also closed on Mondays, The Store and The Blue Goose Cafe will be open every Monday, providing two good reasons to stop in at the start of the week.

Museum Galleries
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday – Monday: Closed

The Store
Monday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday: Closed

The Blue Goose Cafe
Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 2 PM
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity
The Center is open during regular Museum hours as well as for scheduled classes and Open Studio.

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