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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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40 Greatest Hits

July 8, 2015 - May 28, 2017
Celebrating the Museum’s Permanent Collection

40 Greatest Hits is a wonderfully eclectic display that marks milestone acquisitions and artworks representing the collection’s strengths and rarities.

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Plains School of Abstract Painting Annual Exhibition

November 3, 2016 - March 11, 2017

Plains School of Abstract Painting Annual Exhibition includes recent works of art produced by this group, and reveals the results of this extraordinary ongoing process of creativity and teaching.

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Scholastic Art and Writing Award

January 19, 2017 - March 4, 2017

This annual exhibition celebrates the vision, ingenuity, and talent of North Dakota teen artists. Starting in 2014, the Red River Valley Writing Project and the Plains Art Museum partnered to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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Don Faulkner

December 1, 2016 - February 18, 2017
Architecture in Clay

Through this translation, Faulkner explores the relationship between the production of architecture and the production of high-fire ceramics, sparking a dialogue on scale, form, materiality, and function between the two media.

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Recent Work

August 3, 2016 - March 31, 2017
from Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio

Recent Work from Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio is an exhibition in the Museum’s atrium containing pieces from the artists who have participated in the exchange of creating collaboratively in the print studio.

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Beyond Order

September 27, 2016 - January 17, 2017
Selections from Highpoint Editions

Artworks in the exhibition explore the relationship between order and disorder, as well as individuality and collectivity. The selected works utilize an array of printmaking techniques culminating from each artist’s time spent in this regional print studio.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

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.
An Emergent Belonging

An Emergent Belonging was created by Concordia College students Ashley Raduns, Katelyn Mitchell, Helena Langr, Elizabeth Vought, Ruth Peterson, and Chelsea Steffes. The work inspired by the form and function of a bird’s nest, was created under the leadership of professor Dwight Mickelson.

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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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