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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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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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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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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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The Other Four

June 13, 2019 - November 30, 2019

With rare exceptions, art objects are created to be experienced visually. The Other Four is an exhibition experience that negates the visually dominant art experience hierarchy by presenting artwork designed specifically to engage the other four senses.

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Generation

June 4, 2019 - March 23, 2020
Women Artists in the Plains Art Museum Collection

Despite decades of critique, direct activism, and multiple waves of feminist art movements, artworks in the collections of art museums around the world – including Plains Art Museum – are proportionately dominated by men. This year’s permanent collection reinstallation will explore the Museum’s acquisitions of artwork by women since our inception as the Red River Art Center in 1965.

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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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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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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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