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2019 FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

August 22, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) is a group of some of the region’s most prominent professional and emerging artists. Each year, FMVA presents the Studio Crawl, a popular, free event that gives the community access to professional artist studios.

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Spring Gala: Time Machine

April 4, 2019 - May 4, 2019
Art Auction Preview

Plains Art Museum is proud to host one of the region’s finest art auctions in conjunction with our Spring Gala. The auction is not only a great exhibition of contemporary art, but is your chance to build a collection and support the livelihoods of artists and your art museum as well.

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Guillermo Guardia

June 3, 2019 - August 31, 2019
Recent Works

The exhibition will showcase new ceramic works by Guillermo Guardia, created since he moved to the Twin Cities in 2017.

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Third Space

June 4, 2019 - August 10, 2019
New work by Liza Sylvestre

Exploring the ways in which senses alter experience and perception, emerging artist Liza Sylvestre’s work operates at the intersection of our senses and communication.

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Architecture for the Birds 

March 28, 2019 - August 24, 2019

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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Waasamoo-Beshizi

February 5, 2019 - August 30, 2019

Waasamoo-Beshizi (Power-Lines) is inspired by the parallel electric power lines that look like dresses and celebrates the connections we have to each other and the intergenerational passage of knowledge.

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2019 Scholastic

February 2, 2019 - March 9, 2019
Art & Writing Awards Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity, and talent of North Dakota award-winning teen artists and writers. 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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Peter Kelly

January 17, 2019 - May 11, 2019
Talking Head

Talking Head offers a look inside an ambitious, in-progress printmaking project: a variable edition of printed assemblage sculptures by artist Peter Kelly.

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School Spirit

March 1, 2019 - March 30, 2019
Celebrating Youth Art Month

Art connects students to themselves and each other, reaches students in new ways, and transforms the learning environment into a place of discovery.

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North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival

January 7, 2019 - January 24, 2019

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is a traveling exhibition that welcomes 2D, 3D, and live performance artists to explore human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions and additional Protocols and other similar declarations and treaties.

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Layer by Layer

February 14, 2019 - April 27, 2019
Recent Works by Anna Johnson

Local printmaker Anna Johnson works with a variety of media, from watercolor, ink, and collage to various printmaking techniques, to create layers that document her creative process.

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Beautiful Recollections

January 17, 2019 - April 27, 2019
The Changing Seasons and Northern Lights by Kent Kapplinger

Fargo-based artist Kent Kapplinger is known for his methodical, layered approach to image making. The serial image Beautiful Recollection: The Changing Seasons and Northern Light records and honors the sharing of one’s life experiences with one-another.

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RedBall Project

October 4, 2018 - October 10, 2018
Fargo-Moorhead

North Carolina-based artist Kurt Perschke’s acclaimed work, the RedBall Project, is a 15 foot sculptural installation traveling around the world, adopting cities as its canvas. Through a simple act of imagination, Perschke squeezes and places the RedBall in imaginative locations to draw attention to our built environment and history, and disrupt our daily routines.

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FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

August 30, 2018 - October 27, 2018

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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Bring Her Home

October 8, 2018 - November 26, 2018
The Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island

In light of both local movements working to create awareness and to stop sexual exploitation of indigenous women and the international #MMIW (“Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”) awareness campaign, Bring Her Home: The Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women.

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Zoran Mojsilov

November 8, 2018 - May 24, 2019
Time Machine

Originally from Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Zoran Mojsilov is a Minnesota-based sculptor boldly working in stone, steel, and wood. His work has appeared in international museums, galleries, and public venues, including Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Runnymede Sculpture Farm, CA; and DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA.

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Home: Then and Now

October 11, 2018 - January 5, 2019
College Print Exchange

Students at participating universities will explore where they once were as compared to where they are now. How does one identify, find, and create a home?

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Morph

November 8, 2018 - January 31, 2019
The Mannequin Project of the Plains School of Abstract Painting

Since 2011, a group of emerging and professional artists has met weekly at the Plains Art Museum and our Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity for a painting class led by one of Fargo’s most prominent and ambitious abstract painters, Marjorie Schlossman.

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Creative Educators

October 1, 2018 - December 29, 2018
Recent Work by Plains Art Museum Teaching Artists

Teaching artists are at the heart of Plains Art Museum. These passionate community arts educators lead a variety of programs– from school tours and art experiences to advanced adult classes.

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Cone Pack Invitational

September 6, 2018 - January 12, 2019
A Place at the Table

Cone Pack is a contemporary clay community from the Fargo-Moorhead area. The collective includes some of the area’s most talented and active ceramic artists.

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On Place: Three Views of the Land

September 13, 2018 - January 17, 2019
by Wayne Gudmundson, Drake Hokanson, Stuart Klipper

On Place exhibits the work of three of the Midwest’s most experienced photographers culminating in 45 images from their excursions along the region’s back roads, broad landscape, rivers, and small towns.

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Mike Marth

June 21, 2018 - October 7, 2018
This is Not a Still Life

This is Not a Still Life explores the multiple dimensions of Moorhead (MN)-based artist Mike Marth’s artwork and its remarkable evolution. Exhibiting a mastery of materials, Marth’s work is often formal in nature, emphasizing its inherent qualities of form, style, symbolism, and texture.

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Flatlander

June 7, 2018 - September 15, 2018
Belonging to the Land 

Flatlander: Belonging to The Land is a series by artist John Hitchcock that views and comments on the Great Plains as the epicenter for Plains tribal culture. In the series, Hitchcock utilizes drawing and printmaking processes to convey and layer thoughts about removal, displacement, and belonging.

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John Hitchcock: Protectors

June 7, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Protectors, a screenprint installation by artist John Hitchcock, uses multiple screenprinted images of bison skulls mounted on a background of Naugahyde pelts. The pelt forms suggest landmasses, and each element connects to the environment through form, placement, and symbol.

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Lakota Emergence

May 31, 2018 - September 1, 2018

Curated by Dr. Craig Howe from the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) in Martin, South Dakota, Lakota Emergence focuses entirely on the Lakota emergence narrative as recorded in “How the Lakota Came Upon the World,” published in 1917. The place of Lakota emergence is centered at Wind Cave in what is now known as the Black Hills in South Dakota.

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Now You See Me . . .

May 24, 2018 - March 7, 2019
Reflections on Portraits and Abstractions from the Collection

If one looks closely and listens carefully, works of art can ask important questions that elicit understanding of our world. For example, what societal factors influence how an artist depicts another person?

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Civility is for the Birds: Mackenzie Kouba

May 17, 2018 - August 18, 2018

In her latest series, Civility is for the Birds, local artist Mackenzie Kouba uses satire in richly layered, colorful compositions to illustrate some of today’s most relevant societal concerns. Kouba’s work is realized with a variety of materials – from oil paint on canvas to collage and assemblage.

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Spring Gala 2018

April 5, 2018 - May 5, 2018
Art Auction Preview

Every year, Plains Art Museum hosts one of the region’s finest art auctions in conjunction with our Spring Gala. The auction is not only a great exhibition of contemporary art, but is your chance to build a collection, support the livelihoods of artists, and support your art museum.

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Architecture for the Birds

March 22, 2018 - August 25, 2018
NDSU Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Architecture for the Birds is a popular annual exhibition in partnership with the North Dakota State University Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture that epitomizes the creative process.

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Cayla Skillin-Brauchle: STAT!

March 22, 2018 - May 31, 2018

STAT! investigates the relationship between our lived experiences and the data and statistics that are used to describe those experiences. Inspired by infographics and visualizations of data, Cayla Skillin-Brauchle explores the aesthetics of data in a time when the dissemination of information is acutely political.

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School Spirit

March 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018
Celebrating Youth Art Month

School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month, now in its 16th year, showcases the talents of regional K-12 art students from over 40 area schools in a variety of media.

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[re]living

February 3, 2018 - April 28, 2018
New Work by Josh Zeis

Local veteran and artist, Josh Zeis, brings to you his latest series of mixed media sculpture comprised of etched and molded copper, stoneware, and steel.

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: 2018

January 30, 2018 - March 10, 2018

This exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity, and talent of North Dakota teen artists.

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Mark Applebaum

February 1, 2018 - June 9, 2018
Picturing Music

“The Mad Scientist of Music,” a modern-day John Cage, and provocative integrator of art forms, Mark Applebaum masterfully crafts intricate visual artworks of signs and symbols that can also be interpreted and played by musicians.

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The Horse Nation

January 25, 2018 - May 14, 2018
of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ

The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ explores how horses have shaped the history, spirituality, and culture of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ or Seven Council Fires.

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How Great I Am

January 9, 2018 - March 3, 2018
Tim Kowalczyk

How Great I Am will feature a series of recent trompe l’oeil  (deceive the eye) ceramic works by artist in residence Tim Kowalczyk.

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Charles Beck: 1923-2017

December 1, 2017 - February 6, 2018

In 2017, the Northern Plains lost one of its most beloved artists – Charles Beck – at the age of 94, leaving an unrivaled artistic legacy. Beck attended Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) where he furthered his artistry under the influential painter Cy Running. His art studies were interrupted by World War II, where he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps to train as a pilot.

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Plains School of Abstract Painting Annual Exhibition

October 26, 2017 - February 1, 2018
Plains School of Abstract Painting

Since 2011, a group of emerging and professional artists has met weekly at the Plains Art Museum and our Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity for a painting class led by one of Fargo’s most prominent and ambitious abstract painters, Marjorie Schlossman.

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The Buffalo in the American Living Room

October 3, 2017 - January 13, 2018

Fritz Scholder (Luiseño / European, 1937 - 2005), was one of the 20th century’s most important and provocative artists. His abstracted figural style, iconoclastic imagery, and complicated legacy have influenced the work of several contemporary Northern Plains Native American artists.

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Conversation Pieces

June 29, 2017 - March 22, 2018
Selections from the Permanent Collection in Dialogue

Plains Art Museum is home to over 4,000 diverse national, regional and local works of art. Art communicates ideas and feelings between artists and viewers, but art pieces are also often in dialogue with other works of art.

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Recent Work by Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio

August 24, 2017 - November 24, 2017
Recent Work by Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio

Plains Art Museum is one of the few art museums in the U.S. to have a prominent and dynamic print studio. This exhibition highlights the experimentation that has happened in Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio from October 2016 to present.

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Honor the Earth

November 9, 2017 - November 27, 2017
Art of Indigenous Resistance

Art of Indigenous Resistance is produced by Honor the Earth. A unique national Native initiative, Honor the Earth has worked to raise public awareness of grassroots Native environmental groups for 31 years.

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Printober

October 8, 2017 - January 26, 2018
College Print Exchange

This year’s College Print Exchange includes the seven regional universities that have historically participated in this annual exchange: Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Concordia College, University of Manitoba, Minot State University, and Valley City State University.

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Jescia Hoffman Hopper

September 14, 2017 - December 14, 2017
Wonderlust

Wonderlust is an immersive experience: a mixed media installation intended to take the viewer on a trip through the imagination and back to the childhood realm of impossible worlds.

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Regalia

September 14, 2017 - January 13, 2018
Recent Work by Linda Whitney

Regalia is an exhibition highlighting the work of Linda Whitney in Plains Art Museum’s Mothers of Invention exhibition series. Mothers of Invention celebrates Midwest women whose artwork deserves greater critical review and elevated art museum audiences.

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Front and Center

February 27, 2017 - July 6, 2017
Female Photographers from the Permanent Collection

Front and Center is an exhibition of photographs selected from Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection highlighting some of these works

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Resident Ceramic Artists Exhibition

March 6, 2017 - March 31, 2017

This residency program will serve to connect professionally established, nationally known, and regionally practicing ceramic artists to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity through workshops, critiques, open studio, and a public presentation.

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Indian Country

January 25, 2017 - May 6, 2017
The Art of David Bradley

A deep connection with the artistic process unifies Bradley’s narrative and abstract paintings, multimedia works, and sculptures. His all-over attention to the surface, in which each area of the composition is given equal attention and significance, resists focal points, inviting viewers to wander the canvas from top to bottom following lines, shapes, colors, and concepts.

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School Spirit

March 4, 2017 - March 30, 2017
Celebrating Youth Art Month

School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month, now in its 15th 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 done by art educators.

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Cultural Confluence: Work by Truman Lowe

February 9, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Artist in Residence: Truman Lowe
Thursday and Friday, February 9 – 10, 2 – 4 PM
Meet preeminent Ho-Chunk sculptor Truman Lowe, who will be available for drop-in critiques and open discussion from 2 – 4 PM each day. Contact Laura Youngbird, Director of Native American Programs, to schedule an appointment: lyoungbird@plainsart.org.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

City Geode

Ongoing
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

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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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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