Current Events

Recycling the Clay Day

September 21, 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Recycling the Clay Day

Create original art out of the recycled clay from our ceramics programs! After a brief introduction of ceramic hand-building techniques, let your creativity flow and spend time creating whatever you’d like. This is a great workshop for those who have never worked with clay as well as those who love clay. Registration covers the cost of creating, glazing, and firing up to two objects. Each participant should register for a spot in the class. $5 per participant

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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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Progressive Architectural Dinner

September 28, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Progressive Architectural Dinner

Plains Art Museum is pleased to present the third annual Progressive Architectural Dinner. This year we are excited to feature the following homes, catered with a different coarse at each location. At each location: a home tour, including food and drinks from local chefs + conversations between the owners & their architect/designer about how their project came to be. Tickets are on sale now! $175 per person. Purchase today, as space is limited to 50 guests. Contact: Sarah Anstett at sanstett@plainsart.org or 701.551.6106.

Featured homes are:

• Regin Schwaen & Megan Duda – Cloudhouse
• Matt Chambers – Mod Bachelor Pad
• Marjorie Schlossman – Killer Artist Studio + Outrageous Garden
• Governor & First Lady Burgum’s SkyBarn (overlooking Broadway)

Featured caterers are:

• Kent Larson – The Chef’s Table
• Anthony Bachman – VIP Catering
• Blake Itterman – 46N Pint & Provisions
• Kayla Houchin – Indulgence Bakery

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Annual Canoe Parade

September 29, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Annual Canoe Parade

Watch Buzz Lab paddle down the river at the 3rd annual Canoe Parade on the Red River on Sunday, September 29. This year’s Buzz Lab interns collaboratively designed and created their “Urban Pollinators” float to illustrate how our community could better incorporate pollinator-friendly habitats into our urban environment, making Fargo-Moorhead a more welcoming community for our insect friends.

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Tuesdays for Toddlers

October 1, 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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Awash in Sound: The Flute and Space

October 3, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Awash in Sound: The Flute and Space

Inspired by the unique acoustics in the Plains Art Museum’s third floor Gallery, Dr. Tiana Grise was moved to commission a solo flute composition from New York-based composer Geoff Gersh and to explore the resonant aesthetic of the gallery and the timbre of the flute within the space. This recital is possible thanks to a grant from The Arts Partnership and will consist of 45 minutes of continuous solo flute, ending in the newly composed work by New York musician and composer Geoff Gersh. In addition, the program will include two works by composers that Grise has worked with and knows well; Grand Forks composer Christopher Gable, and an unheard work by world-renowned composer David Maslanka. Audience members are encouraged to move about within the space – even to come and go from the gallery as they please. This program is presented in conjunction with Plains Art Museum’s exhibition The Other Four and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Tiana Grisé is a professional flutist who resides in Moorhead, MN. She teaches flute at MSUM, and is the Executive Director of the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies.

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Native American Juried Arts & Crafts Festival

October 5, 2019 - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Native American Juried Arts & Crafts Festival

FM Crossroads Pow-Wow: Scheels Arena, 225 31st Ave S, Fargo

Join us in celebration of contemporary and traditional Native American arts and crafts from our regional artists. Meet the artists, connect with them and purchase high quality art, jewelry, and crafts during this two day celebration. The festival will take place during the Fargo-Moorhead Crossroads International Contest Pow-Wow at the Scheels Arena. Enjoy regalia, dancing, sights and sounds, reconnecting with old friends, making new friends and be sure to get an Indian taco or two while you’re there. Direct any questions about the FM Crossroads Pow-Wow to fmcrossroadspowwow@gmail.com.

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Native American Juried Arts & Crafts Festival

October 6, 2019 - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Native American Juried Arts & Crafts Festival

FM Crossroads Pow-Wow: Scheels Arena, 225 31st Ave S, Fargo

Join us in celebration of contemporary and traditional Native American arts and crafts from our regional artists. Meet the artists, connect with them and purchase high quality art, jewelry, and crafts during this two day celebration. The festival will take place during the Fargo-Moorhead Crossroads International Contest Pow-Wow at the Scheels Arena. Enjoy regalia, dancing, sights and sounds, reconnecting with old friends, making new friends and be sure to get an Indian taco or two while you’re there. Direct any questions about the FM Crossroads Pow-Wow to fmcrossroadspowwow@gmail.com.

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Artist Talk: John Charles Cox and Katy Seals

October 9, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: John Charles Cox and Katy Seals

Artist in Residence Katy Seals and John Charles Cox will discuss work in their two-person exhibition (Un)common Threads.

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Kid Quest: Printober Tee Party

October 12, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Printober Tee Party

Join us for a tee party! Have you ever 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. Free. Registration required.

Made possible by a grant from Xcel Energy, with additional support from Minnesota Public Radio.
This year's t-shirt design by Katy Seals.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

October 14, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Low-Sensory Mondays

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 Carol Prafcke at 701.551.6147 with any questions.

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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 Artists Talk: Marcie Rendon

October 24, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Creative Artists 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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