To best protect the health and safety of our community, the museum is temporarily closed.

2020 May Press Releases

Plains Art Museum Reopens Galleries

Press Release
For Immediate Release (May 2020)

Fargo, North Dakota – After much planning and careful consideration, Plains Art Museum plans to reopen its first and second floor galleries to the public on Thursday May 28 at 11:00 am.

To increase the safety of our staff and guests here is what to expect:

  • The Museum continues to be general admission free
  • Visitors will see we have added a plexiglass shield at our Visitor Services desk and hand sanitizer
  • Our staff will wear masks and perform self-screening wellness checks at the beginning of each shift
  • Staff will frequently sanitize all common use and high touch areas

All guests are welcome, however, for everyone’s safety, everyone is required to:

  • Wear masks or similar face covering
  • Respect physical distancing by staying safely 6 feet or more away from other visitors and staff at all times

In order to adhere to safe physical distance guidelines, staff will monitor to ensure that there are:

  • 10 or less people in each gallery at a time
  • 5 or less shoppers in The Store at a time

For the time being, The Goldberg Family Art Lounge and the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity will remain closed until further notice. Furthermore, some common facilities areas remain closed. Over the coming months, the Museum plans to carefully reopen in 3 phases: Museum galleries first, then the Center for Creativity and reintroduction of small group programs, and lastly, the reintroduction of larger events. Adjustments will be made as needed as we all work through these difficult times. Please check our social media channels for updates and changes to our policy and future announcements. Thank you for your support!

For additional questions, please contact Andy Maus at amaus@plainsart.org.

Plains Art Museum is the largest and only accredited art museum in North Dakota, serving over 45,000 people each year. It is your independent, nonprofit art museum and education center, supported by over 800 individuals and organizations. The Museum and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity are located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Northern Plains Summer Art Institute Moves Programming Online

Press Release
For Immediate Release (May 2020)

Fargo, ND –  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Northern Plains Summer Art Institute, a summer art program for Native American high school and college students, will be moved from an on-site campus program to an online only program for 2020.

“Our commitment to education and art for our students is our number one priority. Shutting down the program before it starts is not acceptable, and with the creativity and experience of our educators and artists, we have decided to take our program online for this year,” said Joe Williams, Northern Plains Summer Art Institute creator, and Plains Art Museum Director of Native American Programming. The Native American Education Association also believes the Institute’s shift to an online format will be the first instance of its kind.

Students will receive an “art care package” with art materials and supplies and will have access to online learning created specifically for this institute. There, they’ll be able to participate in group drawing and critique sessions, as well as meeting in small groups with their art instructors online. Once completed, there will be a gallery space that will hold their work, once the museum is opened to the public.

The Northern Plains Summer Art Institute (NPSAI) is a two-week intensive art program for Native American high school and college students seeking an art education that mixes fundamentals in art and a connection to their cultural identity. Students will spend two weeks with their peers learning from active Native American professionals in multiple disciplines of the art world. A part of the Museum’s Creativity Among Native American Artists Initiative, the program is free for all who attend. The program anticipates returning to the Circle of Nations School for in person instruction for 2021.

For more information, please email Joe Williams at jwilliams@plainsart.org.

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo.

For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Circle of Nations School is an inter-tribal off-reservation boarding school, chartered under the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate, and funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. Circle of Nations School serves American Indian youth in grades 4 through 8.

Plains Art Museum’s Creativity Among Native American Artists Launches 5 Plain Questions Podcast

Press Release
For Immediate Release (May 2020)

Fargo, ND – Plains Art Museum’s Creativity Among Native American Artists (CANAA) has launched 5 Plains Questions, a weekly podcast that poses five general questions to Native American Artists, creators, musicians, writers, culture bearers, and all-around movers and shakers.

Interviews are conducted by Joe Williams, Director of Native American Programming at Plains Art Museum. Episodes have featured Gerald Cournoyer, Oglala Lakota artist, Art Director at Bacone College and lead instructor for the NPSAI, as well as Dyani Whitehawk, who’s work is currently featured in the Plains Art Museum exhibition, She Gives.

Produced by Plains Art Museum’s CANAA and edited by Eleven Warrior Arts LLC, 5 Plain Questions episodes can be found on Soundcloud and iTunes.

For more information, please email Joe Williams at jwilliams@plainsart.org.

Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Dakotas and Western Minnesota. It is general admission free and educationally-focused thanks to strong and growing support from over 800 households and businesses. The Museum manages a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects, organizes and presents dozens of annual exhibitions, facilitates public art projects, and leads over 200 educational programs and experiences for all ages each year. The Museum, and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo.

For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.