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Below the Surface

September 17, 2022 - March 26, 2023

William and Anna Schlossman Gallery

Below the Surface showcases pieces that can help teach about the principles and elements of art and design to a larger audience. In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the Plains Art Museum Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, the Museum’s Education department and our teaching artists selected pieces from both our permanent collection and from a collection on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for this exhibition. The works encompass specific elements of art materials and imagery that communicate in relatable ways. In our institution, a significant percentage of the community visits our galleries within our school-related programs, so our teaching artists are a major liaison to our visitors. We are recognizing that artistic knowledge is not only sequestered in the realm of collections and curatorial, and the curatorial but also we uplift the knowledge, experiences, and voices of the artists who teach and dedicate their time to connecting our institution to the region. This exhibition teaches art to viewers and helps inspire them to create themselves.

Plains Art Museum thanks our generous PlainsArt4All members and donors, and our Organizational Partners for their support. Additional support provided by The McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, The Arts Partnership, The FUNd at Plains Art Museum, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funds from the North Dakota Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
1: Bruce Davidson, Los Angeles, 1964, 12 5⁄8 x 18 1⁄4 in. Gelatin silver print, Los Angeles County Museum of Art permanent collection 2: Frank Gehry, Cardboard Chair Ottoman Stool, n.d., 6 1⁄4 x 6 1⁄2 x 8 in., Plains Art Museum permanent collection

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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