All Past Exhibitions

Xu Bing: Works from the Collection

Xu Bing: Works from the Collection

January 19 - until closing, 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....

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

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...

Freeman Vines: Hanging Tree Guitars

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

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...

Jim Dow: Twenty Years in North Dakota

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

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

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

From the Collection of Anonymous

October 2021 - February 6, 2022   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,...

Stuart Klipper: The World in a Few States

Stuart Klipper: The World in a Few States

July 18 - September 14, 2021   Reception Sunday, August 22, 2 - 4 pm Exhibition on loan from RJ and Krista Kern and is a promised gift to the Museum's collection.   I have made photographs in all 50 states; scoping out the lay of the land and the hand of man...

Carol Hepper: Remembering Friends

Carol Hepper: Remembering Friends

July 7 - July 12, 2021   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...

Todd Hebert: Four Paintings

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...

Brad Bachmeier: Conservation Through Clay

Brad Bachmeier: Conservation Through Clay

March 21 - May 31, 2021   The North Dakota Museum of Art will open Conservation Through Clay by Fargo-based artist Brad Bachmeier on Sunday, March 21. There will be no opening reception, but the artist will record a talk which the Museum will upload to YouTube...

ART IN ISOLATION

ART IN ISOLATION

April - October 7, 2020 We asked that you submit images of what you are doing to be creative in this time of social distancing, and you answered our call. We are honored to receive an outpouring of images coming from around the world. So far we've recieved over...

Celebrations

Celebrations

March 2020 - December 2020   A Multi-media celebration of Native American life and art pulled from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and from artists from around the country. The exhibition includes works by: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Julie Buffalohead, Rick...

LYNNE ALLEN: CONSEQUENCES

LYNNE ALLEN: CONSEQUENCES

March 2020 - December 2020 All the matriarchs in Lynne Allen’s family were members of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in South Dakota. All were sent away to government boarding schools, to realign their cultural heritage. Allen addresses the consequences in...

Staff Favorites 2020

Staff Favorites 2020

SELECTIONS FROM THE MUSEUM'S PERMANENT COLLECTION Armando RamosAlbert BelleveauElias SimeBarton Lidice BenesCraig LangagerGreg BlairArnold SaperConstanza RESRoss RolshovenGuillermo Srodek-HartKiki SmithAganetha DyckRobert PeluceWilliam T. WileyBartosz BedaLEFT TO...

Commissions & Collections

Commissions & Collections

October 27, 2019 - January 19, 2020 Quietly and without much fanfare the North Dakota Museum of Art has been building a permanent collection that is becoming its greatest strength. With minimal financial resources the collection has evolved out of its exhibition...

Frank Sampson

Frank Sampson

July 18 - October 7, 2019   For forty years Frank Sampson—now ninety-two years old—taught painting and printmaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He returns for one month in summer and one month in winter to the North Dakota family’s home in Edmore...

Pure War By John Rogers

Pure War By John Rogers

May 19th - August 15th 2019   Rogers' work explores the American obsession with acceleration, aggression, and adrenal pursuits. Created from a mix of hard and soft materials, the sculptures range from fantastic creatures made of decommissioned firearms to...

Power : Empower

Power : Empower

April 24- July 7, 2019 Who owns the power or controls it? Who has the power and can it be shifted, negotiated. Nature pitted against Humans is one of the most important power struggles of our time. Wealth against Poverty is another. People against Government....

Elmer Thompson: The Inventor

Elmer Thompson: The Inventor

February 10 - April 7, 2019 Growing up on a farm in rural North Dakota, Elmer O. Thompson (1891-1984) developed his creative impulses with photography, educating himself in matters of staging, lighting, and processing. Mr. Thompson quickly became an expert in the use...

The Museum Collects 2019

The Museum Collects 2019

February 10- April 7, 2019   Works from the Museum's collection. Artists included: Judy OnofrioMatthew AndersonMarley KaulDuane PenskeDavid MadzoKellyann BurnsLena McGrath WelkerRobert BradyCaroline DukesJoel StuartKiki SmithBill HartbortWilliam WileyPaula...

This Week Only 2019

This Week Only 2019

January 27 until February 2, 2019   This Week Only is the Museum’s most popular exhibition in our own region. Imagine a panoply of art from the Red River Valley and surrounding plains and woodlands; walls covered with works springing from our own place to...

Walter Piehl: Retrospective

Walter Piehl: Retrospective

October 14, 2018 - January 17, 2019 This overview of Walter Piehl’s paintings and drawings cover the years 1962–2018. Since the exhibit spans Piehl’s entire career there are pieces from 1960 through 1964 when he was a student at Concordia College in Moorhead,...

The Museum Collects 2018

The Museum Collects 2018

February 11, 2018   On display are works from: Christopher Benson Lisa Nankivil Francisco Alvarado-Juarez Mary Bonkemeyer Alexa Horochowski Margaret Wall-Romana John Hitchcock Rena Effendi Mollie Douthit Mary Lucier Barton Benes Rick Bartow Duane Mickelson Paul...

Bradford Hansen-Smith: Circles

Bradford Hansen-Smith: Circles

February 11, 2018   Bradford Hansen-Smith is a working artist. He is also a teacher. Wholemovement™ is the process of learning geometry through folding paper circles. Developed by sculptor Bradford Hansen-Smith, this guide for teachers and home-schooling parents...

This Week Only 2018

This Week Only 2018

January 28 - February 4, 2018   The Museum held its first This Week Only show in 2018. Imagine a panoply of art from the Red River Valley and surrounding Plains; walls covered with works springing from our own place to brighten up our lives in the dead of winter....

Visions of Home

Visions of Home

January 12 - April 1, 2018  Home is where we live and for most of us the place where we are most comfortable. Home is home. Beyond home is everywhere else. Or is home something we carry in our heads that has less to do with place and more with feelings evoked by...

Into the Weeds

Into the Weeds

August 13, 2017 - January 10, 2018  Weeds are plants that grow in places other than where humans determine they should be. Weeds are the bane of existence across North Dakota, now an intensively planted, agricultural paradise. An adjacent industry has arisen just to...

Marley Kaul: Meditation Suite

Marley Kaul: Meditation Suite

August 13 - October 22, 2017 “I use forms of meditation to engage in a visual dialogue, using processes both ancient and contemporary, to experience a personal journey both true and beyond words.” -Marley Kaul These paintings were completed between October of 2016 and...

Rena Effendi: Spirit Lake

Rena Effendi: Spirit Lake

June 15 - July 23, 2017 Rena Effendi was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and grew up in the USSR, witnessing her country’s path to independence—one marred by war, political instability, and economic collapse. From the outset, Effendi focused her photography on issues of...

Beyond Home

Beyond Home

June 1 - July 31, 2017 Home is where we live and for most of us the place where we are most comfortable. Beyond Home is everywhere else. This exhibition is drawn from the North Dakota Museum of Art’s permanent collection. It is artwork the Museum holds in trust for...

Mollie Douthit: Paintings

Mollie Douthit: Paintings

May 7 - July 30, 2017 Artist's Statement The continual undercurrent to my work is a curiosity in representing objects, spaces, or people that are important to me through paint. The material of paint allows an equalization of importance to these subjects, and through...

Zemer Peled: Suspension

Zemer Peled: Suspension

April 2, 2017   Zemer Peled’s Suspension, is a site-specific environment composed of delicately interlocked porcelain lines suspended in air. This installation is presented alongside brother Amit Peled’s cello program “Journey with My Jewishness” and provides a...

Susana Amundaraín: Paintings

Susana Amundaraín: Paintings

April 2 - May 31, 2017   Susana Amundaraín is a Venezuelan-born American artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Amundaraín’s work is represented in museums in South America and the United States, as well...

Country Snow Prison

Country Snow Prison

March 6 - May 1, 2017 In 1941 the U. S. Justice Department converted Fort Lincoln from a surplus military post into an internment camp to detain people arrested in the United States as enemy aliens. Over its five-year operation as a camp, the Bismarck facility housed...

American Nile

American Nile

February 23 - March 26, 2017 As you travel around the Red River Valley by car, fields of sugar beets extend in all directions as far as the eye can see. The only visual relief comes in the form of small groups of people at work weeding in the field. In July of 1995...

This Week Only 2017

This Week Only 2017

February 5 - 12, 2017   Looking. Looking. Looking. It is essential that we at the North Dakota Museum of Art discover the work of our own artists who haven’t yet crossed our radar. Our audience is interested in what artists they already know are up to. Artists...

The Museum Collects 2016

The Museum Collects 2016

September 24 - October 16, 2016                November 1 - November 27, 2016 On display in the Jean Dean Holland Gallery were works from the North Dakota Museum of Art's Permanent Collection.   Artists included: Lee Bontecour Terry Evans Jay Heikes John...

James Culleton: Dear Margery

James Culleton: Dear Margery

September 24, 2016 - January 15, 2017 Join us and Winnipeg artist James Culleton to celebrate the completion of Dear Margery, his three-year investigation into the history of McCanna House and its owner, the late Margery McCanna. Tour McCanna House at McCanna, ND,...

Nancy Friese: Encircling Trees and Radiant Skies

Nancy Friese: Encircling Trees and Radiant Skies

July 19 - September 18, 2016 A sense of the local is central to Nancy Friese’s work, which documents places and events that are specific and personal, while offering them up to be shared by the viewer. Friese is a landscape artist, and, though she lives and works most...

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

May 24 - July 13, 2016 Rick Bartow is a major American painter. He is also widely recognized as a significant West Coast, American Indian artist who has been an active painter, sculptor, and printmaker since the late 1970s. His art, though deeply personal, speaks to...

Allison Leigh Holt: The Glass System

Allison Leigh Holt: The Glass System

April 6 - May 25, 2016 This body of work combines projected light, video and sculptures that have origins in my research as a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia. There, I was concerned with Javanese cosmology, tools for navigating the relationship between humans and nature...

Justin Sorensen: Stalking The Snow Leopard

Justin Sorensen: Stalking The Snow Leopard

April 3 - May 15, 2016 I started to realize that art wasn’t just located in the studio...I started to see that there was as much significance in the moments when I wasn’t really making anything, or those moments leading up to the art. So that’s become more important...

In Our Own Words: Native Impressions

In Our Own Words: Native Impressions

April 3 - May 15, 2016 Artists Daniel Heyman and Lucy Ganje Master Printmaker Kim Fink   In the summer of 2015, the three artists began an outstanding project that resulted in twenty-six prints that chronicle stories of individual Native people who live within...

Kim Fink: Changing Nature

Kim Fink: Changing Nature

February 6 - March 4, 2016 Kim Fink has taught at the University of North Dakota since 1999. He is now in his final semester, retiring in May 2016. As a beloved Professor of Art and Printmaking, he has developed a highly regarded printmaking program at the University,...

Songs For Spirit Lake: Part II

Songs For Spirit Lake: Part II

February 6 - March 4, 2016 With artists Bill Harbort, Terry Jelsing, and Tim Schouten. They will speak at the opening. In 2012, the North Dakota Museum of Art was one of ten cultural organizations in the country to be awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s...

The Museum Collects 2015

The Museum Collects 2015

October 17 - December 15, 2015 On display in the Jean Dean Holland Gallery were works from the North Dakota Museum of Art's Permanent Collection.   Artists included: Mary Bonkemeyer Rena Effendi Glen Hanson Bill Harbot Graciela Iturbide Douglas Kinsey Marley Kaul...

Fred Liang: A Bubble in a Stream

Fred Liang: A Bubble in a Stream

October 17 - December 13, 2015 At the most basic level—and beyond attempting to link the “formal” language of abstraction with the folk art of jianzhi (paper-cut)—I also tinker with subtle, symbolic implications and metaphors that connect the past and the present,...

Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight

Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight

June 16 - July 26, 2015 Twenty years ago, photographer and native New Yorker Jill Brody began to visit Montana. Instead of finding only the expected stereotypical cowboy culture of the West, she saw diversity and difference. On Tuesday, June 16, at 7 pm the exhibition...

Armando Ramos: Something Absurd

Armando Ramos: Something Absurd

Exhibition Dates (month date - month date, year) Something Absurd is the second exhibition in "The Art Makers" series. Underwritten by William Wosick of West Fargo, "The Art Makers" will allow artists to create new bodies of work based in a singular idea or theme....

Micah Bloom: Codex

Micah Bloom: Codex

April 28 - June 7, 2015 On June 22, 2011, the Souris River ravaged Minot, North Dakota. Forcing its way through homes, it seized thousands of precious items carrying them to new resting places. Foremost among the displaced were hundreds, possibly thousands, of books. ...

An African Affair

An African Affair

February 15 - April 19, 2015 December 2012, thirty earthenware pots and a few clay and wood sculptures arrived at the Museum, a gift from Thomas McNemar who spent twenty years in West Africa amassing an extensive collection of African art. He became a dealer whose...