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Current Events

Ceramic Pop-Up

January 21, 2021 - 12:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ceramic Pop-Up

Pop-Up on the Plains

Plains Art Museum will host two new and exciting Pop-Up Virtual Art Auctions in 2021. Each will run for one week and be centered on a different medium: January will highlight ceramics and April will highlight art-related experiences.

From January 14 through 21 you are invited to bid on work from the finest local, regional, and national potters.

View the auction catalog here.

Registration is FREE for this event. And revenue raised benefits both the participating artists as well as our PlainsArt4All fund, keeping the Museum general admission free and enabling arts access for all. Winners will be notified of their status upon the auction’s closure. Items will be shipped directly from the artist to the winning bidder. To expedite this process, winning bidders will be charged a $15 processing fee to cover shipping costs.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Anstett at: sanstett@plainsart.org

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Kid Quest: Sticker Space

February 6, 2021 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Kid Quest: Sticker Space

Discover how use of space can create place and perspective in art! Layering sticker paper you’ll create your own dynamic, custom stickers!

Kid Quest Home Edition – is a FREE artmaking program designed for kids and families to explore the art and art making at their own pace and in their own space. YOU provide the creativity and WE provide the materials and project instructions!

Reserve your FREE supplies and lesson plan below.
Kid Quest is made possible with funding from Xcel Energy and Minnesota Public Radio.

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Chili Bowl

February 11, 2021 - 12:00 am to 12:00 pm
Chili Bowl

This event runs from February 4 – 11.

As we are all discovering, the pandemic has caused nimble responses to change. Though Giving Hearts Day is nominally a virtual event, many nonprofits have created special in-person events like the Museum’s “Chili Bowl.” Our 2021 version will not be in-person. No seven types of scrumptious chilis. No music from The Cropdusters. No performances from Red River Dance.

What we will have are 150+ ceramic bowls created through the skill and generosity of local potters. Each bowl can be purchased for $20 – this year with credit card and check only – and will include five chili recipes from past chili-makers. Additionally, there will be five $25 gift cards to Rustica Eatery & Tavern, Blackbird Woodfire, Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar, and 46 North Pint & Provisions scattered amongst the bowls for five fortunate winners. And we will conduct our “Day” for one week – 2.4 through 2.11, ending with Giving Hearts Day. During the week, bowl purchasers will be asked to schedule a time to come to the Museum to view all the bowls and make their selection. And as always, all proceeds from “Chili Bowl” support the Museum’s clay-centric education programs like the ever-popular Clay for Couples, Clay Sampler, and Plains Art Inside & Out.

To purchase a bowl(s) check back here the week of February 4th.

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Virtual Awards Ceremony

March 13, 2021 - 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Virtual Awards Ceremony

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony is the centerpiece of North Dakota’s Scholastic Art & Writing program, recognizing the vital role that arts education plays in cultivating more creative and thoughtful students. During the ceremony we will announce the state’s winners of the literary and visual art competitors on display at the Museum’s Starion Bank Gallery. Hosted by Plains Art Museum, NDSU, and the Red River Valley Writing Project.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is supported in part by Fredrikson & Byron Foundation.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

No Time For Despair

No Time For Despair

To say that right now is the ideal time to make art that speaks directly to the people about social justice is an understatement. Because the very nature of art is to undertake or assume the role of a healer by shading light on the human condition.

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City Geode

City Geode
S.P.A.C.E. Sculpture

City Geode, created and installed in May 2019 by students and Professor Josh Zeis from NDSU is the latest creation. In response to the work, the lead artists said, “What is a city? This City Geode incorporates many of the things that we thought a city needs; buildings, streets, electricity, drainage, and above all else, the human spirit.

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Bee in Flight

Bee in Flight

Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.

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The North Dakota Mural

The North Dakota Mural

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.

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Fragile Preservation

Fragile Preservation
A Tallgrass Community

While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.

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