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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

his 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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Be, Exist

July 28, 2020 - October 31, 2020

It has always been the case that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists always wear two hats at any given time. That of the artist and that of the activist. Their art offers the richest insights into what moments of social justice they are empowering.

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The Vanishing Perspective

September 12, 2020 - January 25, 2021

In the United States during the late 19th century and into the 20th century, there was a common narrative of the “Vanishing Indian”.

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2020 FMVA Studio Crawl Preview

August 20, 2020 - November 28, 2020

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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Virtual Art Auction Exhibition

June 19, 2020 - July 24, 2020

The Virtual Art Auction Exhibition includes dozens of diverse, original and fascinating artworks made by some of the most talented and prolific contemporary artists from around the region.

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The Prismatic Lovers

June 4, 2020 - August 15, 2020
of Doktor Thrill

Doktor Thrill is an enigma. Being the autobiographical and fictitious brainchild of retired Arizona State Painting Professor Earl Linderman, Doktor Thrill is a symbol saturated with wealth and a taste for lust and mystery. Constantly seeking passion, thrill, and beauty in Linderman’s fictional fantasy world, there are three women that are often found alongside the Doktor.

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Salvador Dalí’s

December 19, 2019 - May 21, 2020
Stairway to Heaven

Your art museum is excited to present Salvador Dalí: Stairway to Heaven—the first major Salvador Dalí exhibition in North Dakota. Known as one of 20th Century’s foremost masters of Surrealism, Salvador Dalí (b.1904- 1989) has ignited the imagination of international viewers and artists for decades.

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School Spirit

March 4, 2020 - March 31, 2020
Celebrating Youth Art Month

School Spirit: Celebrating Youth Art Month, now in its 18th year, showcases the talents of regional K-12 art students from over 40 area schools in a variety of media.

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2020 Scholastic

February 4, 2020 - March 7, 2020
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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Responsibilities and Obligations

February 25, 2020 - August 15, 2020
Understanding Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ

Responsibilities and Obligations: Understanding Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ features work by Clementine Bordeaux and Mary V. Bordeaux from Racing Magpie Gallery in Rapid City, South Dakota. Mitákuye Oyásʼiŋ is a phrase in the Lakota language and culture that loosely translates to “we are all related” or “all my relatives.”

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North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival

January 9, 2020 - January 30, 2020

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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Brad Kahlhamer

October 3, 2019 - January 25, 2020
A Nation of One

Brad Kahlhamer’s (b. 1956 Tucson, AZ) art lives at the crossroads of real and imaginary worlds. Born to Native parents and adopted by a German-American family, he was raised in Arizona and Wisconsin and spent his early adulthood as a musician living on the road before settling in New York City.

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Print Portfolio Exchange: Interpretation of Dreams

October 10, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Inspired by Salvador Dali’s prints and the upcoming exhibition Salvador Dalí: Stairway to Heaven (on view December 19 – May 20 at Plains Art Museum), students and staff from participating universities will explore the theme “Interpretation of Dreams.”

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The Unchosen Ones

December 5, 2019 - March 21, 2020
Photographs by R.J. Kern

R.J. Kern’s photographic works can be unsettling – somehow both surreal and direct, light-hearted yet regal – as well as undeniably beautiful. The works from his series, The Unchosen Ones, expose subtleties in the human condition and honor the effort of the animals (and their handlers) who came in last place at ten Minnesota county fairs in 2016.

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Fueling Modernity

September 19, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Fueling Modernity presents a comparative examination of industrial landscapes through documentary photographs and mixed media artworks. Both exhibiting artists have resided in regions that have been reshaped in response to natural resource extraction—in Western Cape, South Africa and North Dakota.

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(Un)common Threads:

September 12, 2019 - January 5, 2020

(Un)common Threads features two adventurous printmakers’ work, both influenced by contemporary American culture, serigraphy, and the urge to break down barriers. With humor, imagination and exemplary skill, Katy Seals and John Charles Cox each create specific yet boundless worlds within their prints.

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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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City Geode

May 3, 2019 - May 20, 2022
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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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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Athena LaTocha

June 5, 2019 - January 25, 2020
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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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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