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Current Events

Kid Quest: Vivid Values

March 6, 2021 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Kid Quest: Vivid Values

Discover the many hues of your favorite colors. Use a faux tie-dye technique that provides a foundation for lots of open-ended imaginative creations and play.

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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Art & Business Brunch

March 11, 2021 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Art & Business Brunch

Please join us for Plains Art Museum’s Art & Business Brunch. This innovative – and currently virtual – program brings together Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo business and cultural leaders. Through presentations, conversations, and activities, we explore shared connections and the potential for discovering, engaging, and expanding mutually beneficial relationships.


Art & Equity in Business

How artists and businesses are using art to engage the inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility process.

Panelists include:

  • Lisa Kim – Director, Ford Foundation Art Gallery, NYC
  • Rod Bigelow – Executive Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR
  • Robyne Robinson – former TV anchor Minneapolis; owner & designer, Rox Minneapolis Jewelry, Minneapolis; former arts director Minneapolis-St. Paul airport; Affiliate, National Organization of Minority Architects; and founder of fiveXfive public arts consulting firm, Carlsbad, CA
  • Mik Ratzlaff – Microsoft Arts Ambassadors and Account Executive Tech in Social Impact, Fargo ND

Please go to Eventbrite.com in early March to make reservations for this FREE event, generously sponsored by Heartland Trust Company.

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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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