Current Events

Native American Film Series: Trudell

January 17, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Native American Film Series: Trudell

Trudell (2005) is a documentary about the life and work of activist John Trudell produced and directed by Heather Rae. The documentary follows Trudell’s life from childhood to his role as a leader in the American Indian Movement.

Continued from fall 2018, Plains Art Museum’s Native American Film Series highlights films directed and created by Native American and First Nations artists/filmmakers, showcasing the diversity and the creative energy of Native filmmakers working today. The film will be followed by a reflection and discussion led by filmmaker Falcon Gott.

Free and open to the public.

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North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Artist Talk

January 23, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Artist Talk

Meet featured artists and learn about the Human Rights Arts Festival.

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is a traveling exhibition that welcomes 2D, 3D and live performance artists to explore human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions and additional Protocols and other similar declarations and treaties. This annual juried art festival features 2D, 3D and live performance art works. The exhibition will open on January 7, 2019, at Plains Art Museum in Fargo. On February 1, the exhibition will open in Bismarck at the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative. The exhibition will conclude its travel schedule in Grand Forks in March, opening March 4 at the High Plains Fair Housing Center.

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Conversation with the Artist: Zoran Mojsilov

January 31, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Conversation with the Artist: Zoran Mojsilov

Hear artist Zoran Mojsilov discuss work in the Time Machine exhibition and beyond with Associate Curator Tasha Kubesh. This gallery program will highlight Zoran’s various influences and career-long concern for humankind, nature, love, and war.

Free and open to the public

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Adult + Child Workshop: Assemblage Time Machines with Ilene Mojsilov

February 1, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Adult + Child Workshop: Assemblage Time Machines with Ilene Mojsilov

What is your time machine? Create a small assemblage sculpture reflecting your past, present, and future. Starting with a tour of Zoran Mojsilov: Time Machine, participants will discover how symbols translate across cultures and time.

Led by art educator Ilene Mojsilov, this Adult + Child workshop is perfect for children ages 8+ and their adult(s).

For ages 8+
$19 / $15 members

> Register here.

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Kid Quest: Time Warp

February 2, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Time Warp

Travel through past, present, and future in the exhibition Zoran Mojsilov: Time Machine. Take a moment in the present to meet the artist and see him at work carving a future sculpture. Finally, create your own time capsule and a mixed media sculpture.

Free. Click here to register.

Made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy and by Kiwanis Club of Fargo with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

February 4, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Low-Sensory Mondays

First Monday of every month from 2 – 5 PM

We embrace the unique qualities of all who walk through our doors and appreciate that many visitors need to explore the Museum in different ways. For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment we offer Low-Sensory Mondays on the first Monday afternoon of every month. At each event, loud gallery sounds and bright lights are turned down and attendance is limited. Fidget bags will be available for checkout.

Please contact Katherine Rieck, Assistant Director of Education, with any questions: education@plainsart.org / 701.551.6147

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Creative Voices Talk: Cecelia Fire Thunder

February 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Creative Voices Talk: Cecelia Fire Thunder

Please join us for an evening with artist, feminist and, activist Cecelia Fire Thunder. Fire Thunder will discuss her groundbreaking work on wellness and Native American women’s issues, as well as her current doll making project for young women.

Cecelia J. Fire Thunder (Oglala Lakota) is a former licensed nurse and widely known as an advocate for wellness and women’s issues. She helped establish the first free health clinic for Native Americans in Compton, California; in 1980 she founded another clinic in San Diego, and began to lobby the state legislature for more support for Native American medical assistance. In 1986 Fire Thunder returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation, where she was given the Lakota name of Good Hearted Woman for her services and advocacy for Native American healthcare. She formed the Oglala Lakota Women’s Society, and served as the first female Tribal President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from 2004-2006. Cecelia has co-written several healing and wellness curricula including the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) for SCAP, and has presented at over 50 national conferences in the US and Canada. Fire Thunder is the president of the Oglala Lakota Nation Education Coalition, serves on the board of directors for the Little Wound School, and is an elder/matriarch in Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society), which addresses trauma in children using Lakota healing practices. She also is a state-certified Lakota language instructor, and she teaches Lakota Culture, Lakota Traditional Art and American Indian Women classes at Oglala Lakota College. In her spare time, she enjoys creative work—in particular, sewing, beading and making dolls.

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Giving Hearts Day: Chili Bowl & Concert

February 14, 2019 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Giving Hearts Day: Chili Bowl & Concert

Listen to the Cropdusters while enjoying five different kinds of piping hot, homemade chilis prepared by local restaurants, caterers, and Museum staff and members. Receive a FREE custom-made ceramic bowl created by local potters.

$15 donation

On Giving Hearts Day, your donation of $10 or more to Plains Art Museum is magnified by match funding from two anonymous donors who are providing $5,250 when we raise at least that amount or more. To help keep the Museum general admission free for exhibitions, as well as allow us to offer to the community affordable events and classes, we invite you to give back on Giving Hearts Day, Thursday, February 14. We are excited to be part of this amazing statewide event, organized by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation.

To make a secure online contribution on February 14 please go to impactgiveback.org.
Giving is the heART of a healthy community. Help us continue to give the gift of art!

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Buzz Lab 6.0 Launch Party

February 21, 2019 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Buzz Lab 6.0 Launch Party

Join us for the 2018 Buzz Lab Launch Party! At this meeting, we will launch the Buzz Lab 6.0 internship application and will discuss the history and goals of Buzz Lab, the Museum’s paid summer internship program for youth ages 12 – 18. Create a community art project, taste local honey, and get started on your Buzz Lab 6.0 application. Open to interested youth, families, and community members.

Buzz Lab Application Workshop
Saturday, March 16, 1 – 3 PM

Stop by Plains Art Museum to receive feedback and assistance with your Buzz Lab 6.0 application. Applications are due Thursday, March 21.

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Unglued: Craft Fest Preview Night

February 22, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Unglued: Craft Fest Preview Night

The annual Unglued: Craft Fest is an inspired day of creative fun and celebration – and takes care of that cabin fever in February! The event features around 70 carefully curated modern handmade maker, artist, and crafter booths at Plains Art Museum. As well the Unglued Craft Fest offers free workshops for kids and adults, live music, free gallery admission, and fun in the great dead of winter!

Saturday is totally free to attend. Friday is a ticketed event to allow for a more laid back shopping environment and includes all kinds of goodness to make the night completely awesome! For more information, visit ungluedmarket.com.

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Unglued: Craft Fest

February 24, 2019 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Unglued: Craft Fest

The annual Unglued: Craft Fest is an inspired day of creative fun and celebration – and takes care of that cabin fever in February! The event features around 70 carefully curated modern handmade maker, artist, and crafter booths at Plains Art Museum. As well the Unglued Craft Fest offers free workshops for kids and adults, live music, free gallery admission, and fun in the great dead of winter! For more information, visit ungluedmarket.com.

Free and open to the public.

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Kid Quest: Great Art Free for All

March 2, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Great Art Free for All

Think big, be bold, and create amazing art! The Museum is filled from floor to ceiling with loads of art to spark your creativity. After visiting the galleries, create an artwork of your choice in the studio.

Free. Click here to register.

Made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy and by Kiwanis Club of Fargo with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio.

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School Spirit Reception

March 3, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
School Spirit Reception

• Elementary: 1 – 3 PM
• Middle and High School: 3 – 4 PM

Share in the excitement at this artist reception for students, friends, family, and educators. Light refreshments and art-making projects offered, with music performances by Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies at 2 and 3 PM.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

March 4, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Low-Sensory Mondays

First Monday of every month from 2 – 5 PM

We embrace the unique qualities of all who walk through our doors and appreciate that many visitors need to explore the Museum in different ways. For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment we offer Low-Sensory Mondays on the first Monday afternoon of every month. At each event, loud gallery sounds and bright lights are turned down and attendance is limited. Fidget bags will be available for checkout.

Please contact Katherine Rieck, Assistant Director of Education, with any questions: education@plainsart.org / 701.551.6147

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Artist Talk: Kent Kapplinger and Anna Johnson

March 7, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Kent Kapplinger and Anna Johnson

Meet local printmakers Kent Kapplinger and Anna Johnson. Listen as they discuss their exhibitions, Beautiful Recollections: The Changing Seasons and Northern Lights by Kent Kapplinger and Layer by Layer: Recent Works by Anna Johnson.

Free and open to the public

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2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony

March 9, 2019 - 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony

  • Exhibition Tours 5:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Ceremony begins at 6:30 PM

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony recognizes all North Dakota winners of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and celebrates work by visual art and writing award winners on display at the Museum’s Starion Gallery. Join us for live music, hors d’oeuvres, and keynote speakers at this formal recognition of North Dakota award recipients. Hosted by Plains Art Museum, NDSU, and the Red River Valley Writing Project.   

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International Potluck

March 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
International Potluck

Everyone is welcome at the International Potluck. Please bring a dish from your culture to share. It does not need to be fancy, just something that you or your family eats and likes. Meet new friends, make new connections, and explore new cultures and ideas each month.

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Kid Quest: Windsock & Spinners

April 6, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Windsock & Spinners

Wishing for winds. View artwork that embraces the natural elements of our surroundings. Move into the studio to create a project that utilizes the winds of North Dakota. Before you go, create a community spinner, which will be placed outdoors to dance to the winds.

Free. Click here to register.

Made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy and by Kiwanis Club of Fargo with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio.

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International Potluck

April 11, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
International Potluck

Everyone is welcome at the International Potluck. Please bring a dish from your culture to share. It does not need to be fancy, just something that you or your family eats and likes. Meet new friends, make new connections, and explore new cultures and ideas each month.

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Art Museum Day

May 18, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Art Museum Day

Celebrate Art Museum Day at your Museum! Stop by between 12 – 3 pm to pull an original print designed by Hannahers, Inc. Print Studio Manager Amanda Heidt. As always, admission to the galleries is free thanks to support from our donors and members.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

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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S.P.A.C.E.

S.P.A.C.E.
An Emergent Belonging

An Emergent Belonging was created by Concordia College students Ashley Raduns, Katelyn Mitchell, Helena Langr, Elizabeth Vought, Ruth Peterson, and Chelsea Steffes. The work inspired by the form and function of a bird’s nest, was created under the leadership of professor Dwight Mickelson.

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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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