Current Events

Pollinator Garden Planting Day

May 23, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pollinator Garden Planting Day

Celebrate summer at Plains Art Museum! Plant annuals, vegetables, and herbs in our Pollinator Garden, a habitat for pollinators that defies the concrete, urban environment surrounding the Museum. Feel free to bring your own gloves and hand tools; plants and refreshments will be provided. Plants donated by Baker Garden & Gift.

Buzz Lab 6.0
Plains Art Museum is excited to announce the 6th annual Buzz Lab teen internship program. Interns will work together over eight days this summer to learn field research, plant and insect identification methods, maintain the Pollinator Garden at Plains Art Museum, and share their knowledge and art with our community.

This program is made possible with support from ArtPlace America, the Bush Foundation, NDSU Junior Master Gardener, and the Phyllis Thysell Fund for Education. ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S.

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Canoe Parade Workshop

May 29, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Canoe Parade Workshop

Join us for a Canoe Parade Workshop at the Plains Art Museum’s Center for Creativity! This event is an open house style maker’s session. When you arrive, you will receive an 11-inch canoe model and access to a buffet of supplies to spark your imagination. Artist Hosts will be available to provide inspiration and support to help sketch out your ideas and assist in selecting materials. At the end of the evening, the canoe is yours to take home to use as inspiration for a life-sized version in the upcoming parade.

Each registrant will receive a canoe. Multiple attendees can work on one canoe, but only one person will need to register. Parade attendance is not required. This event is free and family friendly. The suggested donation of $10 helps us cover the cost of the model canoes.

The Canoe Parade connects participants and spectators to the river that has shaped the Fargo Moorhead area with a procession of decorated vessels. The 2019 parade takes place on Sunday, September 29th at 2:00 pm from Viking Ship Park at the Hjemkomst Center to the Bridge at Riverfront Park/Oak Grove Park.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

June 3, 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 at 701.551-6147 with any questions.

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Artist Talk: Guillermo Guardia

June 6, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Guillermo Guardia

Generation: Curator’s Talk

June 13, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Generation: Curator’s Talk

Join Plains Art curators for a tour of Generation: Women Artists in the Plains Art Museum Collection and a discussion of the Museum’s history of collecting and exhibiting women artists.

Free

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Wine + Cheese Preview Night

June 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wine + Cheese Preview Night

All Museum members are invited to join us for an exclusive preview of the Summer Art Sale.

Free for Museum members.
Not a member?

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Breaking Bread: June

June 27, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Breaking Bread: June

Plains staff will be baking and slicing up freshly baked bread the last Thursday of the month, June – November. Enjoy a piece of bread and stimulate your sense of taste and smell. Continue this sensory experience inside the exhibition The Other Four.

Free and open to the public.

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Summer Art Sale

June 27, 2019 - 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Summer Art Sale

Stop by The Center for Creativity and support local art and artists at our 5th Annual Summer Art Sale! The Summer Art Sale features unique works of art in ceramic and printmaking by regional professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors at the Center for Creativity. Proceeds support the participating artists and the Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio in the Center for Creativity.

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Summer Art Sale

June 28, 2019 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Summer Art Sale

Stop by The Center for Creativity and support local art and artists at our 5th Annual Summer Art Sale! The Summer Art Sale features unique works of art in ceramic and printmaking by regional professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors at the Center for Creativity. Proceeds support the participating artists and the Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio in the Center for Creativity.

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Summer Art Sale

June 29, 2019 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Summer Art Sale

Stop by The Center for Creativity and support local art and artists at our 5th Annual Summer Art Sale! The Summer Art Sale features unique works of art in ceramic and printmaking by regional professional and emerging area artists, including studio members and instructors at the Center for Creativity. Proceeds support the participating artists and the Robert Kurkowski Ceramic Studio in the Center for Creativity.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

July 1, 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 at 701.551.6147 with any questions.

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Art & Business Breakfast

July 9, 2019 - 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Art & Business Breakfast

Please join us for Plains Art Museum’s next gathering in the Art & Business Breakfast series. This innovative program brings Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo artists together with business and cultural leaders. Through presentations, conversations, and activities, we explore the connections art and business share. Please check back for speakers and topics.

Coffee & juice, pastries & bagels served

Reservations requested for this FREE event generously sponsored by Heartland Trust Company.
Please contact: Sarah Anstett / sanstett@plainsart.org / 701.551.6106.

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Creative Voices Talk: Women Artists Panel

July 18, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Creative Voices Talk: Women Artists Panel

Join us as artists featured in Waasamoo-Beshizi come together for a night of conversation and poetry. Maggie Thompson, Denise Lajimodiere, Hillary Kempenich, Karen Goulet, and moderator Jessica Metcalfe will reflect on their careers, their influences, and themes in the exhibition.

Maggie Thompson (Ojibwe) received her BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Heid E. Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe) is an author, poet, and filmmaker, and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at Augsburg College. Hillary Kempenich is an artist and enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Kempenich received the First Peoples Fund 2016 Artist in Business Grant and Fellowship Award. Dr. Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe) is an award winning poet, birch bark biting artist and has been an educator for over 39 years. Karen Goulet received her BA in Fine Arts and Cultural Education from the Evergreen State College and MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the program director of Miikanan Gallery at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Arizona. Her doctoral dissertation is of Native designers of high fashion, and is the owner of Beyond Buckskin.

Free

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Eyes Should Be Washed

July 25, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Eyes Should Be Washed

Curator John Schuerman will provide an introduction to the exhibition The Other Four, followed by “Eyes Should Be Washed,” a performance art piece by artists Pedram Baldari, Katayoum Amjadi, and Nooshin Hakim Javadi. In “Eyes Should Be Washed,” performers grate many, many onions in front of the audience. This act, through the smell of the onions, brings tears to stimulated eyes in order to wash/clean them. The work is a dialogue with Iranian Poet Sohrab Sepehri, whose poems call for change in perception to find peace within self. In some cultures, especially Iranian culture, crying is considered an act of soul cleansing and is practiced through religious rituals.

Free and open to the public

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Breaking Bread: July

July 25, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Breaking Bread: July

Plains staff will be baking and slicing up freshly baked bread the last Thursday of the month, June – November. Enjoy a piece of bread and stimulate your sense of taste and smell. Continue this sensory experience inside the exhibition The Other Four.

Free and open to the public.

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Summer Exhibition Reception

July 25, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Summer Exhibition Reception

Celebrating the reinstallation of our permanent collection exhibition Generation: Women Artists in the Plains Art Museum Collection and other summer exhibitions on the Museum’s campus.

Live Music • Cash Bar and hors d’oeuvres

Members, Partners, Native Artists, Free.
$10 nonmembers, $5 students

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80’s Movie Series: The Goonies

August 1, 2019 - 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
80’s Movie Series: The Goonies

Heritage Garden and Amphitheater
On the corner of Woodlawn Park Drive and 6th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

We’re stepping back in time again this summer! Enjoy two family-friendly 80’s classics at Heritage Garden and Amphitheater. Movies begin at dusk. Popcorn, blankets, and bug spray provided. 1980’s era costumes encouraged! Art activities and popcorn start at 8 pm, movie at sundown.

Free.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

August 5, 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 at 701.551.6147 with any questions.

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Liza Sylvestre: Artist Talk and Blind Tour

August 8, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Liza Sylvestre: Artist Talk and Blind Tour

Artist Liza Sylvestre will introduce her multidisciplinary work exploring the intersection of our senses and communication and challenging normative design. Following the artist talk, Sylvestre will lead a “blind tour” of current exhibitions at Plains Art Museum. Participants will wear a pair of low vision simulator glasses while Sylvestre leads a guided, visual description tour through two exhibitions.

Free and open to the public.

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80’s Movie Series: E.T.

August 15, 2019 - 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
80’s Movie Series: E.T.

Heritage Garden and Amphitheater
On the corner of Woodlawn Park Drive and 6th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

We’re stepping back in time again this summer! Enjoy two family-friendly 80’s classics at Heritage Garden and Amphitheater. Movies begin at dusk. Popcorn, blankets, and bug spray provided. 1980’s era costumes encouraged! Art activities and popcorn start at 8 pm, movie at sundown.

Free.

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Breaking Bread: August

August 29, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Breaking Bread: August

Plains staff will be baking and slicing up freshly baked bread the last Thursday of the month, June – November. Enjoy a piece of bread and stimulate your sense of taste and smell. Continue this sensory experience inside the exhibition The Other Four.

Free and open to the public.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

September 2, 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 at 701.551.6147 with any questions.

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Breaking Bread: September

September 26, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Breaking Bread: September

Plains staff will be baking and slicing up freshly baked bread the last Thursday of the month, June – November. Enjoy a piece of bread and stimulate your sense of taste and smell. Continue this sensory experience inside the exhibition The Other Four.

Free and open to the public.

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Breaking Bread: October

October 31, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Breaking Bread: October

Plains staff will be baking and slicing up freshly baked bread the last Thursday of the month, June – November. Enjoy a piece of bread and stimulate your sense of taste and smell. Continue this sensory experience inside the exhibition The Other Four.

Free and open to the public.

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Breaking Bread: November

November 28, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Breaking Bread: November

Plains staff will be baking and slicing up freshly baked bread the last Thursday of the month, June – November. Enjoy a piece of bread and stimulate your sense of taste and smell. Continue this sensory experience inside the exhibition The Other Four.

Free and open to the public.

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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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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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