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North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival

January 9, 2021 - January 30, 2021

Third Floor

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. Artist, activist and every-day individuals who have stories to share about social justices or civil right issues participate with artwork created within a variety of disciplines to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human right topics. The thoughtful exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installation pieces and will travel to select venues around the state of North Dakota throughout the year. The 2021 North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is managed and facilitated by the non-profit organization The Human Family based in Fargo, North Dakota. Plains Art Museum welcomes the exhibition in its third year as it has grown powerful in quality, diversity and strength each year. For more information on its 2021 exhibition travel schedule, please visit: human-family.org.

This project is supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the North Dakota state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and in part by the Arts Partnership, with support from the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.
Ali LaRock, All The Things We Fight For Become The Cages We Live In, 2019, Acrylic, 28 x 48 in.

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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