Current Events

Sodbuster Dedication + Plaza Party

October 18, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sodbuster Dedication + Plaza Party

Join us for an evening of celebration as our community welcomes Sodbuster home! Free and open to the public.

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Art + Autism Workshop: Sensational Art

October 19, 2019 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Art + Autism Workshop: Sensational Art

Experience artwork that uses your sense of smell, taste, touch, and hearing through an interactive visit to the exhibition The Other Four. After a short snack break, create your own sensory art project in our studios. Using all of your senses, experience the world around you in new ways! All sessions are developed and instructed by Plains Art Museum Education Staff and Special Education professionals for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Parents/caregivers may request an orientation prior to the event – contact education@plainsart.org to schedule. Free.

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Creative Voices Talk: Marcie Rendon

October 24, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Creative Voices Talk: Marcie Rendon

Plains Art Museum is proud to host author, poet, and playwright Marcie Rendon as she speaks about her new book Girl Gone Missing for an evening you must not miss.

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, and has published four nonfiction children’s books and four published plays. Rendon is a recipient of the Loft’s Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship in 2016-2017, and is a community arts activist who supports other native artists/writers/creators to pursue their art. Free.

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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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Kid Quest: Printober Tee Party (take 2)

November 2, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Printober Tee Party (take 2)

Due to that pesky October Blizzard Printober is extending into the month of November! Join us for our 4th Annual Tee Party!

Have you wondered how t-shirts are printed? Explore printmaking throughout the Museum before screenprinting your own t-shirt. Child size t-shirts are provided; adults can bring their own t-shirt to be printed at the event.

Kid Quest is a FREE drop-in program designed for the whole family to explore and create at your own pace. Each month has a unique theme with new artwork to explore and art projects to create. Kid Quest is made possible with funding from Xcel Energy with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio.

This year's t-shirt design by Katy Seals.

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Tuesdays for Toddlers

November 5, 2019 - 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Tuesdays for Toddlers

Select Tuesdays
October 1, November 5, December 3

A time for our youngest visitors and their grown-ups to foster creativity and imagination through stories, songs, and hands-on art activities. Each month we will offer a unique theme and a new art project for the child to create and take home. Suggested for children ages 2-5. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group. $5 per person.

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Cross-National Artist Talk 

November 7, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cross-National Artist Talk 

In conjunction with the exhibition Fueling Modernity, Meghan Kirkwood and Jeannette Unite will have a dialogue about their bodies of work responding to industrial landscapes and extraction economies in two regions: North Dakota and South Africa. Free.

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Meditation Retreat: A Non-Visual Show Experience

November 8, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Meditation Retreat: A Non-Visual Show Experience

What might you discover when using your non-dominant senses? Step into the world of group meditation, as captured in the play Small Mouth Sounds. This gently-interactive experience explores a story of inner search and redemption through an audio described performance.

Presented by Theatre B with thanks to Consensus Council for support of this program.

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Meditation Retreat: A Non-Visual Show Experience

November 9, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meditation Retreat: A Non-Visual Show Experience

What might you discover when using your non-dominant senses? Step into the world of group meditation, as captured in the play Small Mouth Sounds. This gently-interactive experience explores a story of inner search and redemption through an audio described performance.
 
Presented by Theatre B with thanks to Consensus Council for support of this program.

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Meditation Retreat: A Non-Visual Show Experience

November 10, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meditation Retreat: A Non-Visual Show Experience

What might you discover when using your non-dominant senses? Step into the world of group meditation, as captured in the play Small Mouth Sounds. This gently-interactive experience explores a story of inner search and redemption through an audio described performance.
 
Presented by Theatre B with thanks to Consensus Council for support of this program.

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Creative Voices Talk: Brad Kahlhamer

November 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Creative Voices Talk: Brad Kahlhamer

Join us for a conversation with multimedia artist Brad Kahlhamer. Kahlhamer works with a range of media from sculpture and painting to performance and music to explore what he refers to as the “third place”—a meeting point of two opposing personal histories. The artist will discuss this “third place” and the complex, multilayered motifs and themes in his work. Free.

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Port & Chocolate Tasting

November 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Port & Chocolate Tasting

Holiday Art Sale Preview

Museum members are cordially invited to join us for this third annual event . . . FREE.

  • Enjoy samples of port–red, white, and rosé–from Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops
  • Devour delectable chocolate confections from Nichole’s Fine Pastry
  • Receive a 10% discount on all Holiday Sale items

Non-members $15 but if you become a member that night (or now), you will immediately be offered a 10% discount on all Holiday Art Sale items. Event is open to all members and interested parties 21 and up.

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Holiday Art Sale: Friday

November 23, 2019 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Art Sale: Friday

Support local art and artists at our 6th Annual Holiday Art Sale! The Holiday Art Sale features unique works of art in ceramic, printmaking, and jewelry by talented 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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Holiday Art Sale: Saturday

November 23, 2019 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Holiday Art Sale: Saturday

Support local art and artists at our 6th Annual Holiday Art Sale! The Holiday Art Sale features unique works of art in ceramic, printmaking, and jewelry by talented 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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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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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 2, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Concordia Sax Quartet

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon.  Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 3, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Dave Ferreira Trio

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon.  Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Tuesdays for Toddlers

December 3, 2019 - 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Tuesdays for Toddlers

Select Tuesdays
October 1, November 5, December 3

A time for our youngest visitors and their grown-ups to foster creativity and imagination through stories, songs, and hands-on art activities. Each month we will offer a unique theme and a new art project for the child to create and take home. Suggested for children ages 2-5. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group. $5 per person.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 4, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Darin Henze and Friends

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon.  Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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R.J. Kern Artist Talk

December 5, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
R.J. Kern Artist Talk

Join us for a conversation with photographer R.J. Kern about his photographic practice and his series The Unchosen Ones. Free.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 5, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Pelican Quartet

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 9, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Silver Winds Flute Quartet

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 10, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

NDSU Faculty Chamber Ensemble

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 11, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Bison Brass-NDSU faculty Brass Quintet

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 12, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Michelle Gelinske & HeartSprings Tremble Clef Choir

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 16, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Clarion Quartet

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 17, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Dakota Rose String Quartet

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 18, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Sarah Morrau & Bekka Devries

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Noon Holiday Concerts

December 19, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Noon Holiday Concerts

Fargo-Moorhead Opera

Enjoy FREE HOLIDAY CONCERTS from the area’s best musicians. Music starts at Noon. Purchase lunch from local caterers, take in the galleries for FREE, and shop artful gifts at The Store and have them wrapped for FREE. Museum memberships make great holiday gifts!  Members get 20% off store purchases, November 29 – December 24.

Supported by Minnesota Public Radio.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

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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