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Bring a lawn chair or bring a blanket, but be sure to bring a friend! Enjoy one of the best music series this summer in the Museum's Sculpture Garden. Concerts in the Garden is a casual, outdoor event featuring musicians from across the country. In addition to great music, guests can enjoy local grass-fed hamburgers, bratwursts, various salads, root beer floats, beer, and wine. In the event of rain, concerts will be moved into the Museum’s Galleries.


$8 in advance, $10 at the door, Free admission for children twelve and younger. Packets of six tickets are available for $48. Advance tickets will only be available until 5 pm the day before each concert. Tickets are not concert specific and can be used for any concert in the series.
To purchase tickets call 701.777.4195.

Please consider supporting the Concerts in the Garden to help keep our admission prices low. For an additional $50, you can become a Patron of this year’s series.


Interested musicians:
Musical groups interested in being a part of the 2013 or 2014 Concerts in the Garden series should contact Matthew Wallace, 701.777.4195 or

Sponsorship opportunities:
For sponsorship opportunities contact the Museum, 701.777.4195.












Amazing Grains
Rhombus Guys



Alerus Financial
El Roco Bottle Shop Bar and Grill
Rite Spot Liquor Store, Inc.



John & Peggy Bartunek
Ron & Dana Goodman
David Hasbargen & Wayne Zimmerman
Greg Soleim
Devera Warcup
Jeff Weatherly
Shari Weisz
Bob & Barbara White
Lois Wilde



Historical Concert Links

2012 Concerts in the Garden

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Lesson Plan

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Rural Arts

The Rural Arts Initiative, an educational outreach program, works to encourage and empower rural school students and their teachers to actively participate in learning through the arts. The Rural Art Initiative came about in direct response to feedback from educators and families working in rural areas. Major challenges such as inadequate funding for art education, few museums and great distances have not allowed the visual arts to flourish in rural areas as much as other forms of art such as music and theater, which accompanied early settlers as they moved west.


Workshop credit for teachers
Participating teachers will receive college credit for fifteen contact hours through the Initiative. They will learn about the North Dakota Museum of Art and how to use the Museum in a classroom setting. Credits must be decided upon prior to workshops.

Classroom visit by Museum staff and educators
Before students from rural schools visit the Museum, a Museum educator will visit their classroom to introduce the Museum, its building, museum practices, and exhibitions. 

Museum Visits
Three major exhibitions will be selected for the program. Throughout the school year, teachers and their students will visit the Museum to see and discuss exhibitions. Financial support for travel expenses is available for qualifying schools.

Tour exhibitions
The Museum will organize touring exhibitions of art, relevant to the local communities, that are integrated into school curricula and that can withstand less-than-optimal conditions and handling. Each exhibition targets specific age groups within the K-12 spectrum but all class levels are encouraged to visit and participate in the exhibition. Each host organization must provided a secure facility and staff for the duration of the exhibition. Exhibition times vary depending on location. 

The Museum will deliver and install the exhibition
As part of the program Museum staff will train docents on the exhibition and program. In addition, Museum staff will return to pack up the exhibition when it closes. There is never a cost to host organizations. Past exhibitions, Snow Country Prison, Self Portraits, Shelterbelts, Marking the Land, and Animals: Them and Us, have been installed in buildings such as bank basements, Masonic temples, empty store fronts, school gymnasiums, etc. Each exhibition will be installed for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of one month.

Visiting Artist
Communities are invited to host NDMOA Artist-in-residence Guillermo Guardia for week-long ceramic and sculpture workshops. Guillermo Guardia or “Memo” is a ceramic artist from Lima, Peru. He has earned a Master of Fine Arts degree and his second Masters in Industrial Technology at the University of North Dakota. Through the Museum’s Rural Arts Initiative he will travel around the state to schools and communities bringing new residencies and classes. Host organizations are responsible for artist fee, hotel and food costs, while the Museum will cover transportation and supplies. Please note that certain supplies will need to be supplied by host community.

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Jennifer Angus: In the Midnight Garden

August 22 - October 20, 2013

Jennifer Angus first showed at the Museum in 2003, as part of the group exhibition Bugs and Such. Angus returns to fill the Museum's galleries with more exotic bugs and creatures. “My installation, In the Midnight Garden, takes inspiration from the Victorian era. Both adults and children were introduced to the natural world through educational publications in which various species of wildlife from insects to elephants were anthropomorphized so as to have greater appeal to the general reading public. Voracious collecting of all manner of plants and wildlife was extremely popular at that time. While I may allude to threatened species, none of the insects I use are endangered. The vast majority of insects on the endangered species list are there because of loss of habitat, not over collection. The insects I use are farmed or collected by local indigenous peoples providing them a livelihood. Since most of these species come from a rain forest environment the people collecting will not cut down the jungle which provides their livelihood. It is ecologically sound. They are a renewable resource.”


Read Artist's Statement here






Museum Education Makes Art Fun for children and grown-up children as well. For scholars and academics, for you and me and the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker—or is it the soap maker like Gracie’s Mom.


Image by Grace Anderson, age 9

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Museum Café Spotlight

Friday Night Dinner

November 22, 2013 5:30 - 9 pm

Enjoy an evening with friends and family surrounded by laughter and art. Chef Justin Welsh will prepare a special meal to be served in the Museum's galleries. Dinner prices: $45 per person not including tax or gratuity. Vegetarian options available upon request. If you are 21 years old and over, feel free to bring your own bottle of wine. The Museum will provide glassware. These dinners are by reservation only. Please call 701.777.5377 to make reservations today. Space is limited. Free Parking is available for the evening, compliments of the Museum.


Course 1- Canapes
Cold lobster with chive aioli and scrambled egg
Sparkling cranberry brie bites
Sweet beef liver and bacon pate

Course 2- Soup
Cream of Watercress

Course 3- Salade Italienne
String beans, roast tomatoes, boiled eggs, potatoes with a french vinaigrette

Course 4- Entree
Beef Wellington with port sauce

Course 5- Dessert
Apricot Sherbet


Friday Night Dinner on
Valentine's Day

February 14, 2014 5:30 - 9 pm

Enjoy an evening with your sweetheart surrounded by art. Chef Justin Welsh will prepare a special meal to be served in the Museum's galleries. Dinner prices: $50 per person not including tax or gratuity. Vegetarian options available upon request. If you are 21 years old and over, feel free to bring your own bottle of wine. The Museum will provide glassware. These dinners are by reservation only. Please call 701.777.5377 to make reservations today. Space is limited. Free Parking is available for the evening, compliments of the Museum.


Amuse Bouche

Pancetta wrapped kabocha squash with truffle oil and chive

Waldorf Salad

Chilled Strawberry and Beet Consommé with mint oil

Prime Rib with pine nut pesto butter, 4 oz lobster tail with rice pilaf

Raspberry Millefeuille
(Layered tuile crisps with raspberry and lemon whipped cream)


Alana Bergstrom, Float, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 30"H x 42"W

Alexandra Jelleberg, The Guardians, 2012, Stoneware, 36"H x 7"W & 8"W

Alexander Hettich, Prairie, 2008, Oil on Canvas, 16"H x 20"W

Andrew Stark, Space Restricted, 2011, Oil on canvas, 36"H x 38"W 

Andrew Stark, Building the Fort, 2012, oil on canvas, 12"H x 12"W

Bennett Brien, Environmental Collaboration, 2014, Ink on paper, 15"H x 11"W

Biskash Rai, Field Landscape, 2013, Oil on canvas, 20"H x 24"W

Cody Kiser, The Geisha, 2013, Oil on canvas, 40"H x 40"W

Dan Jones, Fields, Conte on paper, 8.5"H x 12"W

Eddie Hamilton, Took the Trail not as Neat, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 24"H x 24"W

Ernest Miller, Plate with Rings, 2013, Porcelain, 17"D x 2.5"H

Eva Tarsia, Sexy Madrigala Girls, 2006, Polymer media, plexiglass on canvas, 36"H x 36"W

Ingrid Restemeyer, Tanchu, 2010, Drypoint on plexi, hand-tinted, 5.75"H x 5"W

Jack Dale, Untitled II, 2013, Oil on paper, 16.5"H x 13.75"W

Jack Dale, Untitled III, 2013, Oil on paper, 16.5"H x 13.75"W

JD Jorgenson, Square Plates, 2012, Wood fired native clay, 38"H x 9"W

Jeff Amann, November Sky, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 24"H x 72"W

Jessica Mongeon, Inaudible Tempo, 2013, Acrylic, india ink, metal leaf on paper, 42"H x 42"W

Jill Peterson, Memories Fading, 2010, Acrylic on canvas, 26"H x 38"W

              Jon Solinger, South Lake Lida 11/22/2011 (3332), 2011, Digital pigment print, 9.5"H x 14.25"W

Josie Lewis, Morning has Broken Series: True North, 2013, Valspar paint chip papers, 12"H x 16"H

Katherine Gagnon, Drop, 2013, Oil on panel, 20"H x 20"W

Kathryn Fink, Cuba, 2012, Graphite on transparency and watercolor on paper, 31"H x 22"W

Kathryn McCleery, Winter, 2013, Clay, 12"H x 21"L x 12"W

Kevin Flicker, Coiled and Paddled Vases, 2013, Stoneware, ash glaze, 17.5"H x 6"W x 6"D

Kieko Hara, Topophilia, 1981, Lithography, 24"H x 35.25"W

Kim Fink, Montalban, 2008, Archival pigment screen print, 22"H x 30"W

                                            Laura Hallen, Ah, Visceral, 2012, Acrylic, pigmented shellac, beeswax on plexiglass

Lisa York, Black Walnut Table, 2013, Black Walnut, Fiberglass, resin, 24"H x 18"W x 27"D

Mariah Masilko, Remnants, 2013, Watercolor, ink on paper, 7"H x 11"W

Matt Anderson, Timeshare, 2013, Watercolor and ink, 20"H x 20"W

Guillermo (Memo) Guardia, Dirty Harriet, 2012, Ceramic, 22"H x 20"W x 12"D

Nishiki Tayui, It Will Be Fine, 2013, Watercolor, ink, acrylic on paper, 13.75"H x 9"W

Pirjo Berg, The Sliver of Time at McCanna House, 2013, Watercolor and ink on Yupo paper, 22"H x 35"W

Robert Archambeau, Untitled, 2013, Print, 21"H x 16"W


Samuel Johnson, Coil Jar, 2013, Wood fired stoneware, 12.5"H x 16"Dia

Sam "The Dot Man" McMillian, Mermaids, 2012, Acrylic on particle board, 23"H x 29"W

Sarah Hultin, Tree Line, 2012, Oil, wax, sand on panel, 45"H x 30"W

Shawn O'Conner, Pitcher and Yunomis, 2013, Wood fired ceramics

                          Sue Fink, Oregon Mill in the Rain, 2012, Watercolor, 16"H x 21"W

Tim Schouten, Devil's Heart (Tokio Home), 2013, Encoustic on canvas, 18"H x 24"W

Todd Hebert, Windmill and Goose, 2011, Acrylic, colored pencil on paper, 11"H x 17.25"W

Zhiman Guan, Snowscape, 2012, Oil on panel, 38"H x 48"W

Adam Kemp, The Visitor and the Conversation, 2013, Oil on canvas, 36"H x 48"W

Bill Harbot, Love and Luck, 2014, Mixed media, 26"H x 30.5"W x 2.25"D

Brad Bachmeier, Rock Boxes, 2013, Ceramic and rock, 6"H x 6"W x 6"D

                                                                        Dan Sharbono, Fresh Up, 2013, Found material with LED lights, 31"H x 18"W x 11.5"D

                                                                                                                        Helen Otterson, Fading Equilibrium, 2006, Ceramic and glass, 10"H x 8"W x 8"D

Kelly Thompson, The Lilacs and Grain Bins, 2013, Acrylic on panel, 12"H x 48"W

Lance Thorn, Phoenix, AZ, 2012, Photography, 33"H x 22"W

                                  Dyan Rey, In the Garden, 2013, Oil on paper, 30"H x 22"W

                                                                                                        Chris Pancoe, Doubled Lidded Jar with Tap, 2013, Stoneware, oak, brass tap, 12"H x 6"W x 14"D

James Culleton, Portrait of George Robert Stibitz, 2005, Acrylic on canvas, 30.5"H x 23"W

Walter Piehl, Untitled (A Collaboration), 2013-2014. Silkscreen and drawing, 13"H x 17.5"W




















Thank you individual supporters who attended the concerts. Thank you Subaru for this years support. Thank you sponsors: Summit Brewing Co. • HB Sound & Light • Sleep Inn & Suites • Plains Chiropractic & Acupuncture • Amazing Grains • Rhumbus Guys • Alerus Financial • El Rocco Bottle Shop Bar and Grill • Rite Spot Liquor Store, Inc. • numerous Patrons. The Museum looks forward to Concerts in the Garden 2014, see you there.


Dancing Dazzling Beads


Dancing Dazzling Beads consists of work by today’s leading contemporary bead artists from across the United States and Canada. It is a rich, vibrant, and fun exhibition for the whole community. Visitors will be treated to both wall and floor pieces, and contemporary work based in bead history. The history of beads is a fascinating history. Beads have been traded around the world for centuries. When White traders moved into the American West, they brought beads along, stashed away to be traded for pelts. Victorian women and folk artists always beaded but it wasn’t until the last few decades contemporary Western artists turned to beads. They recognized that through accumulation, beads and more beads could be amassed into works of art, making whole galleries dance with reflected light.


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February 8 - May 11, 2014

Laurel Reuter, Director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, Songs for Spirit Lake brings together six artists from various disciplines and backgrounds, including Native Americans, to create work with and about a community that has minimal contact with contemporary artists. It was developed under the aegis of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant Program. This first in-progress show opened at the Robert Rauschenberg Project Space in New York (May 2013), followed by a two-week showing at the Cankdeska Cikana Community College at Spirit Lake. The commissioned artists were asked to create work in responds to contemporary life on the mixed-race, multi-cultural, poverty-ridden Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux Reservation. The show includes images of today’s painted and photographed inhabitants of Spirit Lake, sculptural investigations into Tribal family structure, poetic reflections on tough social issues faced by today’s Spirit Lake people, and work based in the mythic roll of the bison in Northern Plains Indian culture. The artists are photographer Rena Effendi of Baku, Azerbaijan who now lives in Cairo; Bill Harbort, a New Yorker transplanted to Minot, North Dakota, who left a lucrative graphic design career to teach art to college students; and John Hitchcock, of Southern Cheyenne and Northern European descent who teaches at the University of Wisconsin. They are joined by North Dakota sculptor Terry Jelsing, Manitoba painter Tim Schouten, and New York video installation artist Mary Lucier who has completed two major works about loss in North Dakota.

North Dakota Museum of Art Press Release

Rauschenberg Foundation Press Release

Terry Jelsing, Songs for Spirit Lake
Memorial for Robert Rauschenberg by Mary Lucier
Rena Effendi  2014, Observed Portraits, 2nd prize singles.
Unsteady ground
Vivid landscapes explore natural beauty and complicated histories

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This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.

Dinner in the Galleries

October 23, 2014 5 - 8 pm

Enjoy an evening with friends and family surrounded by laughter and art. Chef Justin Welsh will prepare a special meal to be served in the Museum's galleries. Dinner prices: $45 per person not including tax or gratuity. Vegetarian options available upon request. These dinners are by reservation only. Please call 701.777.5377 to make reservations. Space is limited. Seatings available 5 - 8 pm. Free Parking is available for the evening, compliments of the Museum.


Amuse Bouche
Roasted Garlic Soup Shooter with Poached Egg

Camembert Biscuit
Heirloom Bruschetta
Herbed Cheese Wafer

American Style Potato Salad

Chicken breast sautéed in butter with artichoke mash
and herbed peas

Gåteau de Crépes å la Normande
Crepes with apple flambé
and vanilla cream sauce

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