Center For Creativity at Plains Art Museum

Center For Creativity at Plains Art Museum The Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is a multipurpose arts center.
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Are you Studio Crawling this weekend? Stop by from Noon to 6 p.m. both days, in both buildings. Inside the Katherine Kil...
10/07/2023

Are you Studio Crawling this weekend? Stop by from Noon to 6 p.m. both days, in both buildings. Inside the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, we will have a collective of community ceramic artists who specialize in pottery, sculpture, jewelry, and ornaments. We have new exhibitions in the Museum, including the Studio Crawl Preview. See our amazing facilities and great art and ask about our classes for all ages. General admission is always free, thanks to donors and supporters. Find more Studio Crawl info at fmva.org.

Spooky & Scary Movies in the Garden • Saturday, October 7 • Enjoy a FREE Spooky and Scary Movie DOUBLE FEATURE with us a...
09/29/2023

Spooky & Scary Movies in the Garden • Saturday, October 7 • Enjoy a FREE Spooky and Scary Movie DOUBLE FEATURE with us at the Heritage Garden & Amphitheater, located adjacent to Woodlawn Park in Moorhead, MN (Corner of Woodlawn Park Dr. & 6th Ave S.). There will be art activities starting at 7 pm, and the movie will begin at sundown (8 pm). Popcorn, drinks, and bug spray will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, blankets/chairs, and fuzzy friends as well! Costumes are strongly encouraged! The event will move to Plains Art Museum in case of poor weather.

Spooky Film (8 pm): The Addams Family (PG-13)
Scary Film (10 pm): Little Shop of Horrors (PG-13)

This event is in partnership with Moorhead Parks & Recreation

Your LAST CHANCE to see Gerald Cournoyer: Sending A Voice is on Saturday, September 30. Make sure to stop by before it c...
09/29/2023

Your LAST CHANCE to see Gerald Cournoyer: Sending A Voice is on Saturday, September 30. Make sure to stop by before it closes. Free general admission, thanks to donors and supporters.

After a 25-year exploration of all aspects of Lakota lifeways through ceremony, dance, and prayer, Gerald Cournoyer presents his observations in his newest solo exhibition, Sending A Voice. Gerald Cournoyer rejects Edward Curtis’s observations that the Lakota are a people of the past. He states, “We are more than a photograph [,]” emphasizing in his work that the ceremonies and events in Curtis’s photographs are contemporary events vital to the identity of the 21st century Lakota.

Clay as Canvas?!? Sign up for Makers Night - Clay as Canvas. In this short two-session workshop on October 11 & 18 from ...
09/28/2023

Clay as Canvas?!? Sign up for Makers Night - Clay as Canvas. In this short two-session workshop on October 11 & 18 from 6-9 p.m., students will create a collage on clay. They will explore shape language with options such as round, square, rectangular, and oval slabs over molds and combine texture, underglaze transfers, stencils and sgraffito to create one-of-a-kind surfaces.

Tap https://canvas.plainsart.org/classes/1254 for pricing, and online registration. Materials are included in workshop fees.

Instructor: Annette Marchand is a studio artist, ceramics instructor and online art teacher. Annette attended college at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and drawing (1994) and an Art Education Degree (2000). She went on to earn a master’s degree from UW Stout, WI (2013). Since it opened, she has taught all age groups at the Center For Creativity and enjoys the creative atmosphere and diversity.

Unique prints are the name of the game during our “Introduction to Monotype Printmaking” with artist Anna Johnson.This m...
09/25/2023

Unique prints are the name of the game during our “Introduction to Monotype Printmaking” with artist Anna Johnson.

This multi-session offering will explore the fine art of monotype printmaking over four (4!) Thursday evenings in October. Participants will learn a variety of techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Classes meet from 6 to 9 PM, beginning Thursday, October 5th.

No prior printmaking experience is required! This series is open to artists of all levels. Ages 16 and up are invited to register.

Tap https://canvas.plainsart.org/classes/1236 to find more information, pricing details, and online registration. All materials are included in the registration fee.

Artist Anna Johnson is based in the Fargo-Moorhead area and works in the areas of printing, painting, and mixed media. also owns Flying 7’s Fine Art.


A bounty of striking sunflowers is sure to be created during an upcoming oil painting class specifically for teenagers. ...
09/22/2023

A bounty of striking sunflowers is sure to be created during an upcoming oil painting class specifically for teenagers.
Teaching artist Franklin Ugochukwu will guide and encourage artists in our “Teen Intro to Oil Painting: Sunflowers,” which meets over two (2!) Sunday afternoons in early October.

This beginner-friendly painting class will provide students ages 12 to 18 with a solid overview of the materials, concepts, and different techniques of oil painting. “Teen Intro to Oil Painting: Sunflowers” meets from 1 to 3:30 PM on Sunday, October 1st AND at the same time on Sunday, October 8th.

This is an awesome opportunity to explore oil painting with a skilled painter and teacher. Instructor is a master at alleviating the intimidation factor that can come with putting paint on canvas.

Tap https://canvas.plainsart.org/classes/1231 for additional details, pricing, and online registration. Materials are included in workshop fees.

Franklin is a visual artist from Nigeria. He is a portrait painter and his preferred medium is oil paint. Franklin is motivated by a desire to grow and improve his craft.
Featured photographs were created during one of Franklin's previous oil painting classes that also focused on the magic of sunflowers.

Memory • Translation • Injury: A Conversation with Ed Bok Lee, Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30 pm. Join Dr. Kelvin Monroe...
09/22/2023

Memory • Translation • Injury: A Conversation with Ed Bok Lee, Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30 pm. Join Dr. Kelvin Monroe in a scintillating dialogue with poet Ed Bok Lee to discuss memory, translation, and injury as fluid ideas that ground the poetic and interpretive work of ekphrasis—that is, the work of encountering visual art and vividly describing and intimating about it as a literary device. Lee and Monroe talk about three works on loan from Art Bridges (Kerry James Marshall, Glenn Ligon, and Alfred Conteh) and how, as a Korean American poet, these works call forth translation, memory, and injury as distinct modes of interpretive work when it comes to visual, linguistic, and aesthetic communication. There will also be Q&A and refreshments. We look forward to your presence.

📷 Tom Roster

Community Gardening Day in the Heritage Garden & Amphitheater for Thursday, September 7th, has been canceled.
09/06/2023

Community Gardening Day in the Heritage Garden & Amphitheater for Thursday, September 7th, has been canceled.

Critical Grooves Book Lab, Select Thursdays, 6:30-8 PM: September 7: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead • October 26: F...
09/05/2023

Critical Grooves Book Lab, Select Thursdays, 6:30-8 PM: September 7: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead • October 26: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi • November 30: Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder by Valerie Burns • December 28: Devil in the Blue Dress by Walter Mosely

For our fourth session (Fall-Winter '23), we will read four riveting novels by some acclaimed writers. Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys animates and dramatizes the archive in a devastating and driven narrative that disrupts the comforting mythology upon which notions of sanctity are constructed. Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater, demands that we strap in and hold on as it embarks on a journey through Igbo ontology—a journey grounded in a series of refusals of both ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity.’ V. M. Burns’ Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder promises a sassy, stylish mystery set in a cozy little Michigan town—the first installment of Burns’s Baker Street Mystery series. Finally, Walter Mosely’s classic Devil in a Blue Dress takes us on a scintillating ride down mean streets, through bedeviling political plots, and right into the unconscious bedrooms of American relationships.

If this assemblage of original and diverse voices sounds compelling, please join us at Plains Art Museum on the select dates below. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Feel free to bring your own beverages/snacks, as well. To encourage broad participation, you may acquire the selected texts through convenient means, as per your situation. Also note: Critical Grooves Book Lab selections will be available from The Store at Plains Art Museum. Ages 16+ are welcome. We exercise respect among ourselves.

More information and free registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/critical-grooves-book-lab-iv-tickets-703794467197?fbclid=IwAR3tt3gnoHsRoh3CVSU6BTQAkGWHVSMKpOILEf-FG4BlV5fLkwxFHk7x1wI

Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. Low S...
09/04/2023

Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. Low Sensory Monday will be moved to September 11.

We are beyond humbled by the tremendous support of our longtime supporter, and friend, Brian Hayer. Read more about Mr. ...
08/11/2023

We are beyond humbled by the tremendous support of our longtime supporter, and friend, Brian Hayer. Read more about Mr. Hayer’s generosity and Plains Art Museum’s plans here:

Donation will help fund building linking the main museum and the Center for Creativity

Spend Thursday night from 6-9 pm at Plains Art Museum making a weaving project in celebration with the exhibition Zoetic...
08/07/2023

Spend Thursday night from 6-9 pm at Plains Art Museum making a weaving project in celebration with the exhibition Zoetic Spaces. This evening will allow participants to gather to conversate and create as a collective. All materials will be provided.

Beginning at 6:30, join us for a screening of the film "Fiona Clark: Unafraid" by Lula Cucchiara (2021, New Zealand, 83 min).

When Fiona Clark, a young q***r photographer, exhibited her photography of the LGBTQI community in 1975, she and her friends face the systemic backlash of an oppressive New Zealand society. Unafraid, Fiona gives the middle finger to the patriarchy and we discover how her documentation and contribution to the community has helped transform New Zealand society.

Thank you to FM LGBT Film Festival for providing the film.

We all scream for Ice Cream (Sunday)! Visit the Center for Creativity at the Plains Art Museum and join us for Ice Cream...
08/01/2023

We all scream for Ice Cream (Sunday)! Visit the Center for Creativity at the Plains Art Museum and join us for Ice Cream Sunday (Sunday, August 6, from 12 - 3 pm). Celebrate summer’s end and the release of our new fall classes with a delicious scoop of free ice cream and an ice cream-themed art project! 🍨

Artwork by Robert A. Nelson

Join us Thursday, August 3 at 6 pm, celebrating the exhibition Zoetic Spaces with a book exchange. Bring an old, new, bo...
07/31/2023

Join us Thursday, August 3 at 6 pm, celebrating the exhibition Zoetic Spaces with a book exchange. Bring an old, new, borrowed, or banned book to this exchange. We invite everyone to join our safe space to discuss and explore their favorite books. Refreshments will be provided.

Join us for a Movie in the Garden on Thursday, July 20 at the Heritage Garden and Amphitheatre (Woodlawn Park Drive & 6t...
07/17/2023

Join us for a Movie in the Garden on Thursday, July 20 at the Heritage Garden and Amphitheatre (Woodlawn Park Drive & 6th Ave. S, Moorhead, MN). Family-friendly and popcorn will be provided. Bring your favorite camping chair and blanket to enjoy the show! Everyone is welcome, including fuzzy friends. The movie will begin at sundown (8:30 PM). A partnership with Moorhead Parks and Recreation.

Gnomeo & Juliet: Garden gnomes Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? 2011, G, 1 hr 24 mins.

Stained Glass - Flag Sun Catcher - Friday, July 14, 6:30-9 pm. Learn the basics of the copper foil stained glass process...
07/12/2023

Stained Glass - Flag Sun Catcher - Friday, July 14, 6:30-9 pm. Learn the basics of the copper foil stained glass process with a fun flag suncatcher project. We have a few spots left. Register: https://canvas.plainsart.org/classes/1211

Join us for Onigiri & Origami Night! Create & Eat Onigiri (Japanese Riceball). You can learn how to make paper cranes to...
07/11/2023

Join us for Onigiri & Origami Night! Create & Eat Onigiri (Japanese Riceball). You can learn how to make paper cranes too. FREE, open to the public. Presented by Aiko Hatano of the Japan Outreach Initiative at Mayville University.

🎆 In observance of Independence Day, Plains Art Museum and the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity will be ...
07/04/2023

🎆 In observance of Independence Day, Plains Art Museum and the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. We wish you and your families and safe and happy holiday. 🎇

New exhibition alert: Zoetic Spaces! The Zoetic Spaces exhibition combines works from Plains Art Museum’s permanent coll...
06/30/2023

New exhibition alert: Zoetic Spaces! The Zoetic Spaces exhibition combines works from Plains Art Museum’s permanent collection, Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio education collection, and works from around the area to create an environment to celebrate our shared existence. Humans experience life through a variety of perspectives. It involves artists and images that are able to break the molds we often feel held to. The bringing together of these works, as well as the conversations that we can have around them, are meant to remind us of the place that a museum can be within a community, creating space for all to be who they wish to be.

We bring this art together to remind us that humans are beautiful and complex and choose to live their lives in nuanced and outstanding ways. 🏳️‍🌈

Free general admission thanks to our members and donors.

Join us Friday, June 30, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm for the opening reception for the Northern Plains Summer Art Institute Staf...
06/29/2023

Join us Friday, June 30, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm for the opening reception for the Northern Plains Summer Art Institute Staff & Student Exhibition! Students and teachers from this year’s Northern Plains Summer Art Institute (NPSAI) exhibit their work in the Starion Gallery, located on the third floor of the Center for Creativity at the conclusion of the Institute.

All artwork exhibited has been created, framed, and displayed during the two-week summer institute by the students and staff. This is the fourth time Plains Art Museum and Circle of Nations School have partnered together to implement this incredible learning opportunity for Native American youth.

The reception will be held inside the Indigenous Association on the second floor of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity. Food and beverages will be served. Free.

About NPSAI

The Northern Plains Summer Art Institute (NPSAI) is a two-week intensive art program for Native American high school and college students seeking an art education that mixes fundamentals in art and a connection to their cultural identity. Students will spend two weeks with their peers learning from active Native American professionals in multiple disciplines of the art world. As part of the Museum’s Creativity Among Native American Artists Initiative, the program is free for all who attend.

The Northern Plains is home to many Northern Plains and Woodland nations across the Midwest, and out of many of these Nations some of the most prolific artists have emerged. From Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota), Robert Penn (Omaha), and Fritz Scholder (Luiseño) a long tradition of world class artists have had their roots from right here in the Midwest. The NPSAI looks to foster this tradition, from artist/educators an education that will support and strengthen the next generation of young artists.

Support for the Northern Plains Summer Art Institute is provided by Windrose Fund.

Maintenance Worker - Plains Art Museum is seeking applicants for a full-time Maintenance Worker. This position provides ...
06/27/2023

Maintenance Worker - Plains Art Museum is seeking applicants for a full-time Maintenance Worker. This position provides janitorial and maintenance support to the Plains Art Museum and adjoining Center for Creativity buildings and grounds.

Principle Duties include:

The cleanliness, safety, and security of museum buildings and grounds by providing facility-wide cleaning and maintenance on scheduled shifts. Monitoring the general condition of the facility and notifying the supervisor of specific issues. Plan and implement building-related projects as assigned. Perform minor mechanical repairs, and coordinate larger repairs with outside contractors. Responsible for the setup and takedown of Museum programs and rental functions. Maintain clean property grounds outside of all buildings.

This is a full-time position. Must have some weekend and evening availability. Go to https://plainsart.org/jobs/ to apply.

Join our summer Art + Autism Workshop at the Plains Art Museum on Thursday, June 29, from 5-6:30 pm! We will come togeth...
06/26/2023

Join our summer Art + Autism Workshop at the Plains Art Museum on Thursday, June 29, from 5-6:30 pm! We will come together to explore wearable art, enjoy a snack, and create a custom cape that represents our unique selves. These sessions are developed and instructed by Plains Art Museum Education Staff and Special Education professionals and are designed for families with children on with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The event is free, but registration is required. https://ow.ly/o1lU50OXB9I The family in attendance should not register but plan to attend. Alatera McCann, Community Programs Coordinator, will email the listed primary contact before the event date with a social story and welcome letter.

Parents/caregivers may request an orientation prior to the event – contact [email protected] to schedule.

Plains Art Museum and Voices of Creative Change Initiative would like to stand in solidarity with the Black Americans wh...
06/19/2023

Plains Art Museum and Voices of Creative Change Initiative would like to stand in solidarity with the Black Americans who observe/celebrate Juneteenth. We also ask that you join us in posing a fundamental self-reflective question—one raised by the poet, June Jordan: “What freedom does this institution care about?” Is it the freedom to maintain problematic traditions, practices, and ways of thinking? Or is it truly the freedom of democratic expression? These and many more questions will be raised in nuanced and subtle ways via the upcoming exhibition; This is Not Black and White. Happy Juneteenth!

Chakaia Booker, Untitled, 2022, Lithograph, Hannaher’s Inc. Print Collection

Happy New Year! We want to remind you the Museum, Center for Creativity & The Store are closed on New Year's Day.
01/01/2023

Happy New Year! We want to remind you the Museum, Center for Creativity & The Store are closed on New Year's Day.

"Being a part of this exhibition has been an honor. As a feminist historian myself, researching and working directly wit...
12/29/2022

"Being a part of this exhibition has been an honor. As a feminist historian myself, researching and working directly with Hazel Belvo has helped to expand my own knowledge of feminist organizing. She is a lifelong educator and I feel blessed by the information she has given us to help write interpretations and our upcoming catalog.” – Emma Tomb Associate Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, Plains Art museum. Read more about the incredible exhibition Hazel Belvo: Heart & Soul. http://ow.ly/jxLN50M9ZxE

📷 Alana Wentland

Your end of year gift ensures continued arts access to our programming and through free admission. Give the gift of art ...
12/27/2022

Your end of year gift ensures continued arts access to our programming and through free admission. Give the gift of art to your community by donating today. http://ow.ly/GViu50M9ZMn

Looking for something to do over the Holidays? Stop in and see all our exhibitions. As always, general admission is FREE...
12/24/2022

Looking for something to do over the Holidays? Stop in and see all our exhibitions. As always, general admission is FREE, thanks to our members and donors. We also have last-minute gift ideas in The Store. Happy Holidays from Plains Art Museum.

Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed Friday, December 23, due to blizzard conditions. Individu...
12/23/2022

Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed Friday, December 23, due to blizzard conditions. Individual communication will be made regarding the status of evening classes. Stay safe and warm.

📷 Wayne Gudmundson, Near Knife River (detail), 2007, Gelatin Silver Print, 16 x 20 in.

In March of 2020, when the museum had to shutter its doors because of the pandemic, I wanted to keep museum patrons enga...
12/22/2022

In March of 2020, when the museum had to shutter its doors because of the pandemic, I wanted to keep museum patrons engaged with Native American programming. I had an idea for an interview podcast, but how do you apply an audio interview series in an organization that is primarily focused on the visual arts?” Read how the Museum sponsored podcast, 5 Plain Questions, came to be here. – Joe Williams, Director of Native American Programming, Plains Art Museum. http://ow.ly/CFoe50M9Z22

Here we SNOW again. Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed Thursday, December 15, due to blizzar...
12/15/2022

Here we SNOW again. Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed Thursday, December 15, due to blizzard conditions. Our Noon Holiday Concert is also canceled. Individual communication will be made regarding the status of evening classes. Stay safe and warm.

Dean Bradford Bowman, Prairie Snow (detail), 1970, acrylic on masonite panel, 24 1/4 in. x 3/4 in. x 36 1/4 in.

Due to winter weather, Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed today (12.14). Our Noon Holiday Co...
12/14/2022

Due to winter weather, Plains Art Museum and the Center for Creativity will be closed today (12.14). Our Noon Holiday Concert is also canceled. Individual communication will be made regarding the status of evening classes. Stay safe and warm.

📷 Wayne Gudmundson, Verendrye, 2005, Gelatin Silver Print

Kid Quest: Finding Color registration is now open! Join us on January 7 for this free family event.
12/12/2022

Kid Quest: Finding Color registration is now open! Join us on January 7 for this free family event.

12/06/2022

It's that time of year...

Plains Art Museum is a nonprofit, contemporary art museum located in downtown Fargo, N.D. and accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Kid Quest is Saturday! Free with registration.
11/27/2022

Kid Quest is Saturday! Free with registration.

Happy Native American Day 2022.
11/25/2022

Happy Native American Day 2022.

11/23/2022

We’re exploring bookmaking as an art form in an upcoming adult class.

“Coptic Bookbinding” with Tayla Sessing () will cover the ins and outs of this decorative and practical approach to making a notebook, sketchbook, or journal. Participants will make and bind their own book. “Coptic Bookbinding” meets from 6 to 9 PM on Tuesday, December 6th. Both beginner and advanced creatives are welcome.

Tap https://public.plainsart.org/public/AdultClasses.faces for additional details, pricing info, and online registration. All materials are included in the workshop fee.

Tayla is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. They graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasizing Ceramics. Tayla is a mixed-media artist with a range of interests.

Images courtesy of Tayla Sessing.






Join artist Inkpa Mani in this three-day workshop on November 4-6 on the basics of soapstone carving. Inkpa will discuss...
10/27/2022

Join artist Inkpa Mani in this three-day workshop on November 4-6 on the basics of soapstone carving. Inkpa will discuss the background, traditions and techniques of carving soapstone. All tools and materials will be provided. Register here: http://ow.ly/EMYj50LnqQ7

This class is partially funded with generous support from the Terra Foundation.

Get ready. Get set. Our next installment of Kid Quest is JUST around the corner. We can’t wait!
10/26/2022

Get ready. Get set. Our next installment of Kid Quest is JUST around the corner. We can’t wait!

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There are still a few spots left for our Intro to Ceramics class!

Visit us at www.plainsart.org/learn/adultclasses
I'm pretty stoked about the programming I get to help with. Limited space for clay! No shortage of exclamation marks!!