Virginia Lee Dunnigan was raised on a ranch north of Bismarck. She spent most of her adult life growing and marketing seed potatoes with her husband Robert in Walhalla, ND. These experiences gave her a life-long love of agriculture and respect for the farming community. Virginia was equally passionate about the arts. Whether serving on the Museum Board of Trustees, the North Dakota Council for the Arts, the Walhalla Brush Bunch, or a founding member of The Capital Gallery in Bismarck, art was central to her life. Virginia didn’t just support art; she was also a talented painter and an exquisite quilter. In 2010, as a Museum Trustee member, Virginia suggested a fundraiser that married her two passions – Acres for Art, where farmers and the grander agricultural industry could donate the proceeds from a set number of acres (or equivalent proceeds in sales, etc.) to the Museum in support of the Museum’s state-wide outreach, education, and collection.

Virginia passed away last year and left a $60,000 life insurance policy to the Museum. In her honor, the Museum has established the Virginia Dunnigan Acres for Arts Fund, which will provide educational opportunities for children and adults, and be used to acquire significant works of art for the Museum’s collection. The end goal is to match Virginia’s gift by harvest end of 2023.

The Dunnigan family is delighted to see Virginia Dunnigan Acres for Art come
to fruition.



All donations and endowments are considered unrestricted unless othewise noted in writing at the time of gift.

* Please note, we prefer a check for amounts over $5000.

* $10,000 and higher (cumulative) donation and your name will be included on the Barton Benes Donor Wall.

Please contact the Museum at 701.777.4195. You may also mail donations in any amount to:

North Dakota Museum of Art
261 Centennial Drive Stop 7305
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202 USA

*Donations to the annual fund are 100% tax-deductible and do not qualify as a membership gift or renewal.