We talked with Andy Maus, the CEO and Director at the Plains Art Museum to get an inside look at the museum and what’s to come in 2021.
Question: What’s the history of the Plains Art Museum?
Andy: Plains Art Museum was established as the Red River Art Center in 1965 in the former Moorhead, MN post office. In 1996-1997, the museum took a major leap of faith and renovated a turn-of-the-20th century former tractor warehouse in Downtown Fargo. This created what would eventually become North Dakota’s largest and only accredited art museum. In 2012, we came full-circle with our art center roots with an expansion that created the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, the region’s community center for art-making.
Question: What can people expect to see?
Andy: The Museum organizes and exhibits over 20 exhibitions each year, so there is always something new. Our strengths lie in modern and contemporary art, Native American work, and regional art.
Question: Top 5 exhibits you’re looking forward to in 2021?
Andy: 2021 will include some of the best exhibitions that Plains Art Museum has ever done, and some of which have garnered national support. Here is a small sample:
We will start off the year with the largest exhibition of the year, Tilted High Visibility: On Location in Rural America and Indian Country. This large and diverse exhibition will explore contemporary art and community-based work in rural spaces. This exhibition which will end in mid-May 2021, will be partnered with Every One – one of the most acclaimed artworks in recent years – by Cannupa Hanska Luger. this work is dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
In June and July, we will open two more amazing exhibitions. The first, opening in June will celebrate Grupo Soap del Corazon, a collective of Latinx artists celebrating its 20th anniversary.
In July, we will open an exhibition by internationally renowned African American sculptor and printmaker, Chakaia Booker.
Question: Anything else you’d like visitors to know?
Andy: Thanks to ongoing member and donor support, Plains Art Museum has free general admission.