Current Events

Unglued Craft Fest Preview Party

February 21, 2020 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Unglued Craft Fest Preview Party

The tenth 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 22, 2020 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Unglued Craft Fest

The tenth 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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Buzz Lab Launch Party

February 27, 2020 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Buzz Lab Launch Party

Interested in applying for Buzz Lab? Join us for the 2020 Buzz Lab Launch Party! At this meeting, we will launch the Buzz Lab 7.0 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, sample pollinated foods, and get started on your Buzz Lab 7.0 application. Open to interested youth, families, and community members.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

March 2, 2020 - 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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Tuesdays for Toddlers

March 3, 2020 - 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Tuesdays for Toddlers

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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Limitless: A Celebration of Abstract Painting

March 5, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Limitless: A Celebration of Abstract Painting

The Plains School of Abstract Painting and the Museum are proud to host a free evening of artist demonstrations and discussions celebrating the power and complexities of abstract painting. Demonstrations will be led by Marjorie Schlossman and many of the other highly regarded members of the School, and discussion will be centered on a talk titled “The Abstract Arts” by renowned philosopher Theodore Gracyk. When we think about abstract art, we often think that it dates to the early 20th century and the work of such painters as Wassily Kandinsky. Gracyk’s illustrated talk begins in a surprising place, in the middle of the eighteenth century, and then takes note of some nineteenth-century speculation on abstraction before taking up the case of twentieth-century painting. Comparing several distinct but familiar sets of criteria for distinguishing the arts, the talk explores the possibility that there are multiple abstract arts. Currently, in his fourth decade of teaching at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Gracyk is the author of seven books on art and music and is co-editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Free and open to the public.

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2020 Scholastic: Awards Ceremony

March 7, 2020 - 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
2020 Scholastic: 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 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and celebrates work by visual art 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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Kid Quest: Great Art Free For All

March 7, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Kid Quest: Great Art Free For All

Use a wide variety of materials to create a fun mixed media artwork. You can dream it, you can make it! 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.

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School Spirit: Exhibition Reception

March 8, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
School Spirit: Exhibition Reception

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 2:15 and 3:30 PM.

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Art & Business Breakfast

March 11, 2020 - 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Art & Business Breakfast

Art + Technology

Coffee & juice, pastries & bagels served

Please join us at 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.

The program will explore how artists and general practitioners cultivate creative strategies, technical competencies, critical thinking skills, and entertainment while exploring and developing new applications of technology and media within contemporary art and public domains. From art created by Drones, 3D printers, Virtual Reality, Surveillance, Gaming, and more.

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

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Women Artists Panel

March 19, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Women Artists Panel

This panel discussion with Generation artists Tina Tavera, Gail Kendall, and Laura Youngbird, moderated by Professor Anna Arnar, will explore issues of gender, representation, and legacy. Free and open to the public.

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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

March 21, 2020 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors were women. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from women.

Let’s change that. Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to gender, art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, lunch and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.

We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender women. Please create a Wikipedia account before the event. Free and open to the public

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Low-Sensory Mondays

April 6, 2020 - 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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Tuesdays for Toddlers

April 7, 2020 - 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Tuesdays for Toddlers

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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Sidewalk Poetry Workshop

April 9, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Sidewalk Poetry Workshop

With Colleen Sheehy, Executive Director, Public Art Saint Paul

Public art today can be more than sculptures and murals. In this talk and workshop, Colleen Sheehy will cover the use of language, poetry, and texts in public art. She will provide more depth on her organization’s Sidewalk Poetry Program, which has been ongoing for 11 years, and a temporary project called “Dakotah Wordscapes on the River.” Explore the potential to engage people who live in Fargo-Moorhead in writing short poems or other texts that can enliven everyday landscapes. How can texts reveal local histories, involve diverse communities, and show the expressive potential of our public spaces?  After hearing about sample projects, participants will spend some time in small groups brainstorming ideas for Fargo-Moorhead and generating questions about how to take next steps. The program is aimed at writers, poets, English teachers at all education levels, visual artists, city staff, public art curators, and art advocates. Free and open to the public.

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Exquisite Corpse

April 16, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Exquisite Corpse

Stop by Plains Art Museum to try your hand (mind) at a variety of “games” developed by Surrealists in the early 20th Century. From Exquisite Corpse to automatic drawing to collage, we invite you to drop in and reassemble reality with us. Artistic skills are not necessary to participate – all you need is your creativity. All art and writing utensils will be provided and a cash bar will be open. Free.

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Low-Sensory Mondays

May 4, 2020 - 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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Low-Sensory Mondays

June 1, 2020 - 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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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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Athena LaTocha

Athena LaTocha
Buffalo Prairie (Slow Burn)

Athena LaTocha (b. Anchorage, Alaska) is a Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe artist, currently living in New York. Buffalo Prairie (Slow Burn) is monumental ink wash drawing created by Athena LaTocha during her residency inside the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity at Plains Art Museum May 2-June 4, 2019.

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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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