Generation

Women Artists in the Plains Art Museum Collection

June 4, 2019 - March 22, 2020

Jane L. Stern Gallery

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. Weaving socio-political movements and regional trends through the museum’s collecting history, we reflect on gender disparities while pledging support to encourage and accelerate gender equity. In addition, we will highlight important artistic achievements – some known and many under-recognized. Featured artists include Hazel Belvo, Catherine Mulligan, Maria Cristina Tavera, Gail Kendall, Louise Nevelson, Hollis Sigler, and Kay WalkingStick.

Plains Art Museum is home to over 4,000 national, regional, and local works of art and is focused on collecting modern and contemporary art in a variety of styles, with strengths in regional art, American and European Modernism, and Native American work. This current exhibition also acknowledges donations from private collectors and gifts from businesses, attesting to the artistic awareness and support from those residing in the Upper Midwest and afar.

Plains Art Museum thanks our generous members and donors 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.

Curator’s Talk
Thursday, June 13, 6 PM
Free and open to the public
Join Plains Art curators for a tour of the exhibition and a discussion of the Museum’s history of collecting and exhibiting women artists.

Summer Exhibition Reception
Thursday, July 25, 7 – 9 PM
Members, Partners, Native Artists, Free. $10 nonmembers, $5 students
Join us for an evening of Great Art, Food, Drinks, Company and Live Music.

  • cover: Helen Otterson, Lepidoptera, Porcelain and glass, Permanent Collection
  • Betty Woodman, Pompeian, 1992, 11 color relief print on Rives BFK, Ed of 15, 30 x 35 in.

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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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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