Discover the largest art museum in North Dakota in its renovated historic warehouse in downtown Fargo. The museum features national and regional exhibitions of 20th and 21st century art and presents dozens of exhibitions and programs annually, which include regional contemporary artwork, American Modernism and traditional and contemporary Native American works. The museum is also home to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, which features further exhibitions and art workshops for all ages.
Plains Art Museum was launched as the Red River Art Center in 1965 and housed in the former post office in Moorhead, Minnesota. The Museum acquired its present name in 1975 and maintained residency in Moorhead until 1996 before being relocated to a refurbished turn-of-the-century warehouse that was opened to the public in 1997. The redesign of what was International Harvester (IH) branch house was directed by Hammel Green & Abrahamson, Inc., whose work also can be seen in the award-winning Minnesota History Center, the Walker Arts Center and the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
A varied collection
Plains Art Museum features 56,000 square feet of space, occupied by studios, performance areas, permanent collection storage, stores, a visitor services center, a café, a lounge, as well as meeting and reception space. The Museum hosts approximately 12 special exhibitions along with smaller exhibitions each year, featuring art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Classes, lectures, studios, collaborations with other disciplines as well as social events and performances complement the exhibition schedule. Its permanent collection contains approximately 4,000 works including national, international, regional fine art, and ethnographic objects.
A facility for the community
The Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is a multipurpose arts complex, named for Katherine Kilbourne Burgum to recognize her pioneering work as an arts advocate and educator in the region. THe center offers classes for the whole community, as well as studio and exhibition space for learning, discussion, and display of artistic works. Their studio programs focus on developing people's potential for deeper learning and problem solving through 21st-century skills: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. A skybridge connects the original museum building with this 25,500 square foot expansion. No visit to North Dakota is complete without visiting this comprehensive cultural hotspot.
Don't forget to stop in at the store for unique souvenirs and gift items. There's also a café where you can pick up both hearty and light refreshments after a full day of exploring.