Plains Art Museum invites emerging visual artists living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to submit works for Emerging Visions, its first juried exhibition of contemporary Native American art in the region.
Submission guidelines are available at bit.ly/evisions. Entries are due September 30, 2015, and the selection process will be done through a blind review. Emerging Visions will open February 18 and run through May 22, 2016.
Hapistinna Graci Horne will serve as juror and select works for the show, as well as award cash prizes and honorable mentions. She is a multi-media artist and director/curator of All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis.
Plains Art Museum invites emerging and established visual artists living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, and the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to submit works for Art on the Plains XII, a juried exhibition of contemporary art.
Submission guidelines are available at Art on the Plains XII. Entries are due June 15, 2015, and the selection process will be done through a blind review. Art on the Plains XII will open February 2016.
Sculptor Aaron Spangler will serve as juror and select works for the show, as well as award cash prizes and honorable mentions. Based near Park Rapids, Minn., Spangler’s work is included in many notable collections, including those of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Saatchi Gallery in London, and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.View Event
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 http://plainsart.org/learn/artist-in-residence/.
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.View Event
Creative Voices: Native American Artists at Plains Art Museum
Thursday, April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided
Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., or Black Pinto Horse as he also is known in the art world, will speak at Plains Art Museum on April 16, at 6:30 p.m. about his work as a professional artist, including his extensive work as an artist/educator providing presentations and artist residencies across the nation. He has received top awards for drawing and painting in juried shows at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.
Yellow Bird, Sr. is Arikara and Hidatsa from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. His work is displayed and collected worldwide and locally, including at West Acres Mall and North Dakota State University.
The Creative Voices series is supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, providing funding for the Museum’s Creativity among Native American Artists initiative. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Avenue N. in downtown Fargo. For more information, visit www.plainsart.org, or call 701-551-6100.View Event
Todd Hebert, a professional artist and UND art professor, will present “From North Dakota to the National Art Scene: Pathways to an Art Career” at Plains Art Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 5-6 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.
Hebert will offer insights into the development of his work, as well as how to build a successful art practice and make national connections. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is in numerous public and private collections. A selection of his work is currently on exhibit at the Museum.
Hebert earned his bachelor’s in fine arts at UND and his master’s in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is represented by Devin Borden Gallery in Houston and Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery in New York.
For more information, visit www.plainsart.org, or call 701-551-6100. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Ave. N., in downtown Fargo.
Artist Laura Youngbird will share insights about her work as the first speaker in the Creative Voices series, which will feature talks by Native American artists. The talk on Nov.13 starts at 6:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
In addition to her work as a professional artist, Youngbird teaches at Circle of Nations School, an inter-tribal, off-reservation boarding school for youth in grades 4-8 located in Wahpeton, N.D. Youngbird’s sculpture Waabi-Giziibiigiingwe (White Washed), is part of the Museum’s permanent collection and is currently on exhibit in the first floor gallery.
This talk is part of an ongoing series in conjunction with Plains Art Museum’s new project, Creativity Among Native American Artists. The project is aimed at bringing visibility to Native artists in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin through expanded exhibition, professional development, and programming opportunities at the Museum. The project will also build a network of artists, Native and other nonprofit organizations, and audiences across the region.
Creative Voices: Native American Artists at Plains Art Museum
Thursday, November 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided
Join us on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. for a lively and candid conversation on what it takes to pursue art as a major with Museum Director Colleen Sheehy and three leaders of the art departments at NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia College—Michael Strand, Kelli Sinner, and Peter Schultz. The group will share insights about the state of college art departments, locally and around the country, as well as trends shaping the future.
The program is offered in conjunction with the Museum’s latest exhibition, Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show. The hour-long talk is free and open to the public, with complimentary beverages provided. After the talk, visitors are welcome to explore the Art Boom exhibition which features work by 24 higher ed art instructors. This program is free and open to the public
Plains Art Museum is located at 704 1st Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information, visit www.plainsart.org or call 701-551-6100.
The exhibition and related special events are made possible through generous sponsorship by The Forum, the newspaper of Fargo Moorhead, and a grant from Tri-College University.
A new show opening at Plains Art Museum in collaboration with Fraser, Ltd. features two accomplished artists who share vivid styles along with personal histories of autism. VIVID: The Art of Seth Chwast and Dietrich Sieling opens Thursday, Sept. 25, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with light appetizers, desserts, beverages, and cash bar. The show runs through April 5, 2015.
Chwast, 31, from Cleveland, Ohio, and Sieling, 26, from Minneapolis, Minn., are both full-time prolific artists who exhibit their works regularly in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. VIVID focuses primarily on the artists’ paintings, drawings, and sculpture. United in their strong emphasis on the formal qualities of line, color, and pattern, these young artists also share a stunning inventiveness in subject matter. Both artists also have mothers who are strong advocates for their sons, who have each found ways to document their families’ respective stories to share how discovering innate talents has allowed their sons to lead full, creative lives.
Debra Chwast produced a short documentary on her son’s experiences which led to appearances on the Today Show, NPR and PBS, as well as solo exhibits. She has also published a memoir of their journey, “An Unexpected Life: A Mother and Son’s Story of Love, Determination, Autism and Art.” The Chwasts will hold a book signing at the Fargo Barnes & Noble on Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a presentation on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon at the NDSU Renaissance Hall, which is free and open to the public.
Sieling’s mother, Shelli Ainsworth, is a long-time filmmaker who wrote and directed “Stay Then Go,” a feature film released in 2014 inspired by their relationship. Filmed in Minneapolis, the fictional movie portrays a mother learning to adapt to her son’s autism. Ainsworth’s short films have appeared on PBS and at festivals and museums worldwide, and she is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the NEA, ITVS and the Bush, Jerome and McKnight Foundations. “Stay Then Go” received the Pioneering Women in Screenwriting award at the 2014 Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.
Plains Art Museum is organizing the VIVID exhibition together with Fraser, Ltd., North Dakota’s longest-serving nonprofit organization which provides programs, services, and support to children, youth, and adults on their life journeys to independence.
This project is supported in part by FM Area Foundation, TransCanada, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference Center.View Event
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.”View Event
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.