May 2019 Press Releases

Plains Art Museum Hosts Exhibition, Artist in Residency for Athena LaTocha

Press Release
For Immediate Release (May 2019)

Fargo, N.D. – Plains Art Museum welcomes New York-based mixed-media artist Athena

LaTocha as Artist in Residence through June 4, 2019. Following her residency, LaTocha will exhibit a new site-specific work and exhibition from June 5 – September 30, 2019.

LaTocha’s Artist Residency will feature a Creative Process Talk on Thursday May 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm where she will share reflections on her artistic process and insights on her works in progress at Plains Art Museum. Guests are also invited to join LaTocha from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on May 17, 24, and 31 to observe and visit with her during her residency.

Athena LaTocha (b. Anchorage, Alaska) is a Hunkpapa Lakota / Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe artist whose large-scale works on paper explore the tenuous relationship between natural landscapes and landscapes marked by human intervention. LaTocha’s preferred mark-making tools include rocks, bricks, and automobile tire shreds, which she utilizes for their physicality and ability to convey gestural intensity. She works on the floor, reflecting the relationship between human and landscape. LaTocha will participate in a month-long residency at the Plains Art Museum, exploring and creating work inspired by the land through her unorthodox method. This exhibition in our 1st Floor Atrium will showcase work created during LaTocha’s residency.

More information on LaTocha: https://athenalatocha.com/home.html

Plains Art Museum is the largest and only AAM-accredited art museum in North Dakota. It is your nonprofit art museum and education center, supported by over 800 individuals and organizations. The Museum and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit www.plainsart.org.

Plains Art Museum and Creative Plains Foundation to Collaborate

Press Release
For Immediate Release (May 2019)

Fargo, North Dakota – Plains Art Museum is the largest art museum in the region and is home to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity  – the region’s community center for art making. Creative Plains Foundation is a Fargo-based foundation that provides free art classes, supplies and other artistic opportunities to kids in lower-income families. Along with having “Plains” in each of their names and a focus on access to arts education, these two organizations have one more thing in common – they will soon share an address!

Creative Plains Foundation is thrilled to announce that they are moving their operation to Plains Art Museum’s Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity. The Foundation is currently renovating the Center’s 2nd floor, which was previously used for storage, and plans to have a fully functioning operation with 4 new teaching studios by mid-summer.

“This is an opportunity that many communities only dream of. Utilizing the resources of each organization and the collaboration between the two, children in Fargo will have incredible access to arts education here, which has shown to dramatically improve chances for success.”  – Andrew Maus, Director & CEO, Plains Art Museum.

“Statistics show that art education produces better outcomes for students including increased academic performance, higher rates of college acceptance and greater success in future careers. This partnership will allow us to combine resources to increase access to kids in our community. Together we are going to drive change through art education.”  – Christine Jaeger, Executive Director, Creative Plains Foundation.

Plains Art Museum is your nonprofit art museum and education center, supported by over 800 individuals and organizations. The Museum and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity are located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit plainsart.org.

Creative Plains Foundation provides youth with access to art education opportunities that nurture the powerful and transformative skills of creativity through visual art. Every lesson, project, and experience is designed to enhance these skills and provide real-world examples of how art can manifest itself in a life and career. For more information visit creativeplains.org.