Current Exhibitions

Josh Johnson: Double Goer

May 23 – August 25, 2024


Josh Johnson: Double Goer is the ninth exhibition in the “Art Makers Series” underwritten by Dr. William F. Wosick of Fargo, ND. Because few professional opportunities are available for artists from the region, the Art Makers Series was designed to spotlight artists from the region, or those with ties to the region. Museum Staff selects artists who seem on the edge of a breakthrough in their work. They are often at a juncture in their artistic careers where a “leg up” could invigorate, revitalize, or change the course of their art. 

Johnson earned a BFA at the University of North Dakota, and an MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has exhibited nationally, including shows at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, Colorado State University, and Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. 

Sculptor Josh Johnson makes connections between two environments – one at hand and the other remembered. There is a personal meaning behind the work that functions as the impetus for the pieces. Johnson takes materials out of context by assigning them different functions and explores the vast possibilities of his chosen materials. Materials mined from the surroundings, the wood of “trash trees” and species growing in the creases of the artist’s Southwest Missouri neighborhood, are synthesized into recognizable subjects plucked from nature and domestic interiors. He carves, joins, and constructs forms that are repeated again and again, blurring the line between production and ritual.

According to Johnson, “As I go about my daily routines, I have encounters that give me pause. Particular objects, their placement, the spaces they occupy, and my body’s relationship to these signifiers create an intersection of a remembered place and my current context. A connection is made between two environments, one at hand and the other remembered. I tap into this brief merger of my present location and a memory, identifying objects as personal landmarks and a catalyst for construction.”

This is the ninth exhibition in the

“Art Makers Series”

Underwritten by Dr. William F. Wosick of Fargo, ND

Additional support provided by Luise Beringer, the City of Grand Forks, and by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ruiner, 2024, found particleboard, sassafras, hackberry,
quartz crystal,
rocks, found string, found carpet scraps

Kellyann Burns: Combing Conversations

May 23 – August 25, 2024


Kellyann Burns is an American abstract artist who focuses on process and color. Her hard-edged, geometric abstract paintings are created by stacking flat layers of color, one on top of the other. Pigment is pulled or scraped across the panel with a metal spatula, leaving masked and dripped pigment as evidence of her process. The edges of her work reveal the history of accumulated layers of color and the paint buildup is left exposed. Burns considers sandpaper to be as important a tool in her process as brushes and pallet knives, as every layer of paint is sanded. This allows previous layers of pigment to be exposed within fields of solid color through varying intensity and pressure. Additionally, sanding allows a smooth, lustrous, and dense surface to be created. Some areas become matte and translucent while others, in contrast, are glossy and opaque. Because of these qualities, Burns is able to manipulate subtle changes of light both within, and reflecting from, her richly-colored oil paintings.

Her work encourages an intimate experience with the viewer, evoking a personal recollection of once inhabited structures, suggesting elements of architecture and forms that expose the beauty of erosion – how attrition and regeneration in the natural and man-made world evokes both the reductive and the expressive. 

According to Burns, “From a young age, I found solace and joy in expressing myself through art. I was drawn to the freedom and boundlessness of abstract art, where I could unleash my imagination and explore the depths of my emotions without constraint. Over the years, I’ve honed my craft through experimentation. Learning from other artists, and pushing the boundaries of traditional artistic norms.”

My work is created intuitively and embraces geometric formalism. My visual vocabulary is drawn from the observation of the world around me – I see forms, colors and shapes in the natural and built world and I translate what I observe into my own unique visual voice. I strive to evoke a sense of playfulness, curiosity, and introspection in those who view my art.

Burns’ work is held in many public and private collections and has exhibited nationally since the mid-1990s as well as in London and Seoul. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Support provided by Martin Brown, Luise Beringer, the City of Grand Forks, and by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Top: 6:19 pm 7/07/23, 2013, oil on dibond

Bottom: 6:07 am 10/18/11, 2011, oil on dibond

Past Exhibitions

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years

March 14 - May 12, 2024   Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, is a retrospective of original paintings and illustrations by Maurice Sendak, honoring the 50th anniversary of when “Where the Wild Things Are” was originally published. Join us on a journey through the...

Heidi Goldberg: Over and Under; Here and Now

March 14 – May 12, 2024   The North Dakota Museum of Art proudly unveils "Heidi Goldberg: Over and Under, Here and Now," a captivating exhibition showcasing the visionary work of artist Heidi Goldberg. Through a fusion of printmaking, weaving and a deep reverence...

New Acquisitions

December 18, 2023 - March 3, 2024   Over the last year and a half, the North Dakota Museum of Art has acquired a significant body of new work from artists across the globe. Much of the work was purchased by an anonymous donor, and others were donated by the...

A Beautiful Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the Vanguard

August 15 - December 10, 2023   Opening Reception is Thursday, August 17, at 5:30 pm. "From micro artworks the size of your hand to mammoth, room-sized installations, the diverse roster of women artists in A Beautiful Mess: Weavers & Knotters of the Vanguard...

Frank Sampson: Land of Hearts Desire

August 15 – November 13, 2023   An exhibition in honor of Frank Sampson's forthcoming catalog. Inspired by a love of story-telling and a fascination with animals and art history, Frank Sampson has built a career that has reached a pinnacle in the art community....

Chris Pancoe: Blue Ice

April 6 - August 1, 2023   Opening Reception is Thursday, April 6, at 6 pm. Chris Pancoe will lead an informal gallery talk. "Blue ice equals strong and safe ice and the green light for mini temporary villages to form on our frozen rivers and lakes. In this mixed...

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: The Great Open, Photographs from North Dakota

April 6 - July 17, 2023   Opening Reception is Thursday, April 6, at 6 pm. The artists will lead an informal gallery talk. And what is empty turns its face to us/ and whispers:“I am not empty, I am open”—Tomas Tranströmer This exhibition by creative partners Alex...

Dyan Rey: My Artistic Journey with the History of Women Artists

April 27 - May 28, 2023   Opening Reception Thursday, April 27th, 6 pm.  Dyan Rey Lecture: May 16th, 6 pm   Artist Statement: Over the last number of years, I have produced a series of paintings depicting some of the women artists who were important...
Tim Schouten

Tim Schouten: The Treaty 5 Suite (Lost in Translation)

December 8 - March 26, 2023   Opening Reception is Thursday, December 8, at 5:30pm.Tim Schouten will lead an informal gallery talk.   Schouten is a Canadian artist of settler ancestry, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although he has exhibited in numerous group...

Xu Bing: Works from the Collection

January 19 - March 26, 2023   Dragonfly Eyes directed by Xu Bing Screening Tuesday, January 25th, at 6 pm. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow with the artist.   Work from the Museum's permanent collection will be on display, January 19th. Xu...

Freeman Vines: Hanging Tree Guitars

September 1 - November 27, 2022   Opening Reception is Thursday, September 1, from 5:00 - 7:00 pmHors d'oeuvres will be served.  Tim Duffy lecture October 20, 6:00 pm Tim Duffy is the founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit organization that...

Richard Tsong-Taatarii. Covid-19: Standing Rock Fights Back

September 1 - November 27, 2022   Opening Reception is Thursday, September 1, from 5:00 - 7:00 pmDrinks and hors d'oeuvres served. Richard Tsong-Taatarii is a Staff Photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and and a documentary photographer of his own...

Either Side of the Divide: New Paintings by Christopher W. Benson and Sue McNally

June 2 - August 20, 2022 Opening Reception is Thursday, June 2, from 5 – 7 pm.Christopher and Sue will be speaking.Drinks and hors d'oeuvres served.  Christopher Benson and Sue McNally both hail originally from Rhode Island but have also spent long periods living,...

Jim Dow: Twenty Years in North Dakota

April 7 - May 22, 2022   Lecture Thursday, April 21, 6 pm, followed by a reception with the artist.This event is free and open to the public. Join us on a twenty-year travel across North Dakota with Boston-based photographer Jim Dow. In 1981, the Museum...

From the Collection of Anonymous II

February 27 - May 22, 2022   The North Dakota Museum of Art announces the opening of From the Collection of Anonymous II, ongoing gifts from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Museum directors make lifelong friends. NDMOA’s Director Laurel Reuter has made...

Uff Da: The Folk Art of Emily Lunde

February 26 - March 30, 2022   Touring the state of North Dakota through the Museum's Rural Arts Initiative. Emily Wilhelmina Dufke Lunde was born in northern Minnesota and, as she says, "with a handle like that you had to have a sense of humor." Laurel Reuter...

From the Collection of Anonymous

Museum Directors make lifelong friends. Museum Director Laurel Reuter has made many close friends in her 50-year career. One friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, has taken a particular interest in the Permanent Collection, believing rich collections of art deeply enrich communities.


Tom McNemar was at the British Museum in London researching his dissertation topic when his life became waylaid by cases of African art.

Stuart Klipper: The World in a Few States

I have made photographs in all 50 states; scoping out the lay of the land and the hand of man — and whatall may have been wrought in places where each overlay: the fruit of enterprise, and, the sullied tumult. Evidence of the land we’re on and the world we find ourselves in; where we’re at and who we are; what we’ve done; and, where we can go.

Carol Hepper: Remembering Friends

The landscape of South Dakota, remote, yet beautiful, has left its mark on Carol Hepper, a native of the state. It has elicited from her an extraordinarily poetic response in the form of a body of work that unites respect for the past and with a new means of expression.

Todd Hebert: Four Paintings

July 7 - July 12, 2021 Todd Hebert received his BFA from the University of North Dakota and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; and the Core Residency Program at the Glassell...