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FMVA Art Advocates’

September 23, 2023 - December 17, 2023
Exhibition

Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA), North Dakota Arts Education (NDAEA) and the Plains Art Museum are coming together to promote and support our state and regional arts educators.

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FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

September 16, 2023 - December 3, 2023

Each year, Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) presents the Studio Crawl—a popular, free event that gives the community access to professional artists' studios. The Studio Crawl is an opportunity for people to meet artists, see demonstrations, and purchase their work.

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Gerald Cournoyer

March 18, 2023 - September 30, 2023
Sending A Voice

After a 25-year exploration of all aspects of Lakota lifeways through ceremony, dance, and prayer, Gerald Cournoyer presents his observations in his newest solo exhibition, Sending A Voice. Gerald Cournoyer rejects Edward Curtis’s observations that the Lakota are a people of the past.

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The Talent Behind the Curtain

June 24, 2023 - August 25, 2023
Work by Plains Art Museum Staff

There are so many moving parts and people behind the scenes here at Plains Art Museum. Within the multitude of roles and tasks required to keep a museum running, one element that connects many of us here is our love for art.

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Northern Plains Summer Art Institute

June 30, 2023 - September 10, 2023
2023 Staff and Student Exhibition

In its fourth year, Plains Art Museum and Circle of Nations School implement an incredible learning opportunity for Native American youth who are emerging student artists. The Museum engages some of the highest quality contemporary Native artists who are educators and mentors for these artists as they approach life as an artist after high school.

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Zoetic Spaces

June 3, 2023 - August 27, 2023

The Zoetic Spaces exhibition combines works from Plains Art Museum's permanent collection, Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio education collection, and works from around the area to create an environment to celebrate our shared existence.

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Spring Gala: Wonderland

April 7, 2023 - May 6, 2023
Art Auction Exhibition

This year’s 2023 Gala Art Auction will fill you with wonder and awe, as you peruse over 100 works by talented artists from all over the country. This gallery is packed full of fantastical imagery and craftsmanship, where you are sure to find the next piece to add to your collection.

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Hazel Belvo

September 10, 2022 - July 28, 2023
Heart and Soul

Over her almost 70 year-long career, Hazel Belvo has been a prominent contributor to both the arts and feminist advocacy in the region. Hazel co-founded the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM), was Chair of the Fine Arts Dept. at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), and taught at the Grand Marais Artist Colony.

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School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month

March 4, 2023 - March 31, 2023

School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month, now in its 21st year, showcases the talents of regional K-12 art students from area schools in a variety of media. This exhibition celebrates our region’s emerging artists and promotes awareness of the vital work done by art educators.

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2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition

February 6, 2023 - March 4, 2023

This exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity, and talent of North Dakota teen artists. Since 2015, Plains Art Museum and the Red River Valley Writing Project have partnered to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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Architecture for the Birds

March 23, 2023 - May 5, 2023

Architecture for the Birds is a popular annual exhibition presented in partnership with the North Dakota State University Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. The work is the result of a design challenge posed to participating students: to design and build a birdhouse based on the work of a Pritzker-Award-winning architect.

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North Dakota Human Rights

January 9, 2023 - January 30, 2023
Arts Exhibition

Returning for its sixth year, and again demonstrating power in quality, diversity, and strength, Plains Art Museum welcomes back the 2023 North Dakota Human Rights Art Exhibition. This exhibition displays artwork that celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its standards of achievements for all peoples and nations.

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Across the Lake

March 25, 2023 - May 30, 2023
Recent Works by John Nellermoe

John Nellermoe's lake paintings intersect realism and abstraction with reverence to his environment and playful respect to the picture plane. Through dissecting the plane into strips of land, water and sky while pushing and pulling space, Nellermoe's work simultaneously disorients and calms.

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FMVA Constraint

September 24, 2022 - January 14, 2023
Encounters/Spirituality with Nature

The Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) Constraint exhibition challenges participating member artists to produce new artworks that fit within a given theme.

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Waŋna niš niyepi

July 28, 2022 - February 26, 2023
Continuity of Culture

Plains Art Museum, in partnership with Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, is honored to bring Continuity of Culture. This exhibition will highlight prints from Crow’s Shadow’s permanent collection in conversation with Indigenous objects from Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection.

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Recourse

December 1, 2022 - June 4, 2023
Scapes by Britta Anderson

This exhibition highlights two different bodies of work by painter Britta Anderson. On view will be her traditional water scapes paired with a multimedia series Anderson calls the Comfort Collection.

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FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

September 3, 2022 - November 26, 2022

Each year, Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) presents the Studio Crawl—a popular, free event that gives the community access to professional artist studios. The Studio Crawl is an opportunity for people to meet artists, see demonstrations, and purchase their work.

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Unseen Traces

September 15, 2022 - March 11, 2023
in the Work of Ann Johnson

Plains Art Museum will host the work of Ann Johnson in the exhibition Unseen Traces in the Work of Ann Johnson. Reflecting on her 2022 Lawndale Contemporary Art Center installation, See Me, Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson is matter-a-fact about the intent: “This is about being seen. Seeing the women in the shadows.”

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Below the Surface

September 17, 2022 - March 26, 2023

Below the Surface showcases pieces that can help teach about the principles and elements of art and design to a larger audience.

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Northern Plains Summer Art Institute

June 24, 2022 - September 22, 2022
2022 Staff and Student Exhibition

In its third year, Plains Art Museum partners with Circle of Nations School to implement an incredible learning opportunity for Native American youth who are emerging student-artists.

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Red River Watercolor Society

June 16, 2022 - August 20, 2022
National Juried Watermedia Exhibition

Established in 1985, Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS) is a non-profit, international organization of volunteer artists and art supporters. RRWS’s vision is to provide a diverse selection of watermedia and related opportunities for RRWS members and the Red River Valley community.

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Spring Gala Art Auction Exhibition

April 7, 2022 - May 7, 2022

This year over 60 talented artists have contributed to our 25th annual Spring Gala Art Auction Exhibition. This gallery holds pieces for every collection, boasting a wide range of aesthetics and imagery.

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La Línea

February 28, 2022 - August 13, 2022
22 Years of Grupo Soap del Corazón

With a roster of over 95 established visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, activists and visionaries, Grupo Soap del Corazón, led by Dougie Padilla and Xavier Tavera, is one of the longest-running Latinx artist groups in the country.

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Collections Cross Section: Cats

April 1, 2022 - June 4, 2022

Museums hold in their collections vast numbers of artworks and objects that rarely go on display. On average, museums only exhibit about five percent of their collection at any given time, and Plains Art Museum typically exhibits even less than five percent of the artwork it holds.

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School Spirit

March 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022
Celebrating Youth Art Month

School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month, now in its 20th year, showcases the talents of regional K-12 art students from area schools in a variety of media. This exhibition celebrates our region’s emerging artists and promotes awareness of the vital work done by art educators.

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2022 Scholastic

January 27, 2022 - March 5, 2022
Art & Writing Awards Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity, and talent of North Dakota teen artists. Since 2015 Plains Art Museum and the Red River Valley Writing Project have partnered to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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Architecture for the Birds

March 16, 2022 - May 12, 2022

Architecture for the Birds is a popular annual exhibition in partnership with the North Dakota State University Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. The work is the result of a design challenge posed to participating students: to design and build a birdhouse based on the work of a Pritzker-Award-winning architect.

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North Dakota Human Rights Arts Exhibition

January 7, 2022 - January 27, 2022

Returning for its fifth year, and again demonstrating power in quality, diversity, and strength, Plains Art Museum welcomes back the 2022 North Dakota Human Rights Art Exhibition.

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Notes Toward the Soul of Water

January 14, 2022 - June 3, 2022
A Photojournalist Adventure by W. Scott Olsen

Born in Kansas City, W. Scott Olsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago. A pilot, traveler, adventure writer, photographer and professor of English at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, Olsen is the author of eleven books, editor of several anthologies, and former editor of the national literary magazine, Ascent.

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Empower Haiti

September 29, 2021 - November 6, 2021
Disaster Relief and Orphanage Fundraiser

Plains Art Museum, in partnership with Philomé Productions, is hosting Empower Haiti: Disaster Relief and Orphanage Fundraiser. This auction and exhibition feature seven distinct and original photographic prints from Wess Philomé, an energetic and insightful, incisive creative talent who has resided in ND for 15 years.

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Art Educators’ Exhibition

September 23, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA), North Dakota Arts Education Association (NDAEA) and Plains Art Museum are coming together to promote and support our state and regional arts educators. This joint exhibition features the artwork of art educators and artists who directly interact in educating others in the visual arts.

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Gestural Expanse

July 22, 2021 - January 22, 2022
Prints, Sculptures and Books by Chakaia Booker

Plains Art Museum, in partnership with EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (RBPMW) in New York City, New York (est. 1948), is honored to present unique prints, large-scale sculpture, and hand-made books in Gestural Expanse: Prints, Sculptures and Books by Chakaia Booker.

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2021 FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

September 9, 2021 - December 11, 2021

Each year, Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) presents the Studio Crawl, a popular, free event that gives the community access to professional artist studios. The Studio Crawl is an opportunity for people to meet artists, see demonstrations, and purchase their work.

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Songs of Science

September 23, 2021 - March 23, 2022
Recent Acquisitions from Steven M. Andersen

Steven M. Andersen is perhaps best known for the creation of Vermillion Editions Limited, a large, well-equipped fine art print studio that started in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District in 1977. Through Vermillion as well as Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in Long Island, NY, The Cooper Union, Styria Studio and Parsons School of Design in New York City, Andersen has worked with some of the most

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Summer Gala: Take Two Déjà Vu

July 15, 2021 - August 13, 2021
Summer Gala Art Auction Exhibition

The Summer Gala Art Auction Exhibition includes 91 diverse, original & fascinating artworks made by some of the most talented and prolific contemporary artists from around the region. Artworks represented encompass a wide range of artistic expression and price point. The auction is not only a great exhibition of contemporary art, but is your chance to build a collection and support local artists.

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NPSAI 2021

June 25, 2021 - September 6, 2021
Student / Staff Exhibition

The second annual Northern Plains Summer Art Institute (NPSAI) is a two-week intensive art program for Native American high school and college-aged students seeking an art education that mixes fundamentals in art and a connection to their cultural identity. Students spent two weeks with their peers learning from active Native American professionals in multiple disciplines of the art world.

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Bias

June 3, 2021 - November 2, 2021
Current Monotypes of Laura Youngbird

Bias: Current Monotypes of Laura Youngbird shares a recent collection of the artist’s layered and multi-process monotypes using the dress as metaphor. Not a simple garment, for the artist it represents a powerful artifact with currents that bind grandmothers, mothers, sisters and relatives with the power of a common thread.

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To Practice These Principles in All My Affairs

May 27, 2021 - August 21, 2021
Kristin Sarette

Using the chromatic spectrum of vibrant colors blended into their complements, Kristen Sarette’s latest exhibition of lithographic work gives us the opportunity to experience color and form saturated in a never-failing sense of optimism.

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Sam Gilliam

July 29, 2021 - February 26, 2022
Dogon I – V

As a pillar of modernist painting, Sam Gilliam has had a profound influence as an innovative contemporary artist. To this day, his work continues to inspire younger generations. Beginning in the 1960s in Washington D.C., the legendary artist pursued the development of a new Abstract Expressionism that celebrated the cultivation of the individual voice that helped to transcend cultural and politica

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Even Light Itself

May 8, 2021 - September 3, 2022
Highlights and Recent Acquisitions from the Collection

This iconic quote underlies the importance of light to our visual culture. Even Light Itself: Selections from the Collection illuminates artworks and objects by local and internationally known artists from the Permanent Collection of Plains Art Museum, and reflects on the properties of light and color.

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High Visibility

November 30, 2020 - May 30, 2021
On Location in Rural America and Indian Country

A multi-year project in creation that will result in a two-gallery exhibition and several programs, High Visibility: On Location in Rural America and Indian Country is diverse in content and media. Visitors will engage with installations, performance works, interdisciplinary work, alongside traditional 2 and 3-dimensional pieces.

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Things I Remember

February 4, 2021 - July 15, 2021
Recent Monotypes by Roger Broer

Painter and printmaker, Roger Broer has been producing works of art since the 1970s, often creating extraordinary, visionary works reflecting his Lakota culture and the world he occupies.

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Along the Way

November 12, 2020 - January 28, 2021
Selections from the Print Exchange Archive

Each year, Plains Art Museum’s Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio has the honor of hosting a print exchange including artists from seven different regional universities. During the print exchanges, artists agree to create an edition for an exhibition and in return they receive a portfolio including several of the other participating artist’s prints. There is an element of surprise for the participating

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School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month

March 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021

School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month, Month, now in its 19th year, showcases the talents of regional K-12 art students from over 40 area schools in a variety of media. This exhibition celebrates our region’s emerging artists and promotes awareness of the vital work being done by our local art educators.

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2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition

February 2, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Awarding the exceptional artistic and literary talent of North Dakota teenagers and bringing their remarkable work to a wide audience, the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity and talent of these artists with pride.

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North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival

January 9, 2021 - January 30, 2021

The 2021 North Dakota Human Rights Art Exhibition is a display of artwork celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and its standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations as its foundation.

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Recollecting

December 3, 2020 - May 8, 2021

While I’m not originally from North Dakota, it is where I became an artist. It was here that I fell in love with long drives on roads that paralleled railroad tracks and with the view of seemingly endless fields surrounding me. This landscape carried the narratives of lives and moments that are now long past, and I began to seek out the fragments of these histories by exploring abandoned houses.

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To See What I Could See

October 24, 2020 - March 17, 2021
An Examination of Contemporary Printmaking

Plains Art Museum is pleased to announce To See What I Could See: An Examination of Contemporary Printmaking from our permanent collection. The prints in this exhibition relate and connect to one another through the avenues of formalism, collaboration, narration, and process.

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From Renoir to Kostabi

August 15, 2020 - October 16, 2020

Organized by the Park West Museum and with support from Carole Sorell Inc., the monumental Renoir to Kostabi exhibition chronologically and poetically portrays the evolution of Modernism through select works from the Park West Museum (Southfield, MI).

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She Gives

March 21, 2020 - October 3, 2020

In her second solo museum exhibition, artist Dyani White Hawk presents paintings, sculptural beaded works, video installation, printmaking, and photography.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

No Time For Despair

Ongoing
No Time For Despair

To say that right now is the ideal time to make art that speaks directly to the people about social justice is an understatement. Because the very nature of art is to undertake or assume the role of a healer by shading light on the human condition.

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Bee in Flight

Ongoing
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.

Ongoing
S.P.A.C.E.
Kaleidoscope

The S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) project is a public art initiative undertaken collaboratively between Plains Art Museum, and the college art departments at North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Concordia College.

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The North Dakota Mural

Ongoing
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

Ongoing
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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