For the first time, faculty art from Fargo-Moorhead’s major colleges will be displayed side-by-side.
The Plains Art Museum will bring together art from full-time instructors at North Dakota State, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College for its new exhibit “Art Boom: The Tri-College Faculty Art Show.”
“They’re all used to exhibiting on their own campuses,” Plains Art curator Becky Dunham said. “Each art department has an art gallery, and I think it’s pretty standard that every year they have a faculty show. But this is the first time they’re all going off campus to do this as a group.”
A total of 24 artists will showcase in two of the museum’s main galleries, representing a variety of mediums and styles. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, printmaking, large-scale installations and multimedia work as well as both digital and analog photography will be on display.
“Really, I think it’s going to end up being quite a dynamic show, where when you walk in it’s going to be like a feast for the eyes,” Dunham said.
As the first show of its kind, “Art Boom” will create opportunities for faculty at all three institutions to observe what is happening on other campuses.
“I appreciate that the Plains Art Museum is doing this show, because I think bringing us all together under one roof is a bit like piecing together a complicated but interesting puzzle,” NDSU visual arts lecturer Nate Booth said.
Though Dunham and the museum are targeting a broad audience, they also hope they can reach university students, faculty and administrators.
“I don’t think some of the people that are from here are aware of the fact that there are these really talented artists teaching at the three schools,” Dunham said.
Kim Bromley, an associate professor in the NDSU visual arts department, says the exhibit “displays the richness of art” of NDSU and the F-M community.
“Students can expect some surprises,” Bromley said. “Many students don’t see much of the professor’s artwork unless they make an effort to go to the galleries and museums in town. This is an opportunity for them to see a whole range of what their professors are doing.”
Dunham said she hopes “Art Boom” may inspire student’s own art, encourage them to take a Tri-College course or give them a new perspective.
“I’m hoping that it will form a stronger bond between the students and their teachers,” Dunham said. “The teachers see what the students make, but I don’t really know if that’s vice versa.“
NDSU associate professor Kent Kapplinger said students could gain “insight into issues and mediums important to faculty.”
“As professors, we have chosen teaching as a way to earn a living,” Kapplinger said, “but the profession has the added benefit of inspiring and encouraging learners both in technical process and in development of art appreciation, all while we create our own artwork.”
In addition to Booth, Bromley and Kapplinger, the exhibit will feature pieces from NDSU faculty members Michael Strand, Meghan Kirkwood, Suzanne Legatt and David Swenson.
“Regardless of how different all of our styles are or our teaching methods or our materials, for a moment in history we get to show that they can exist together in a wonderful and yet spontaneous ensemble.” Booth said.
“Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show” will open Friday and run through Jan. 4. Students are invited to the exhibit’s opening reception Friday at the Plains Art Museum.
WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo
PRICE: Free for students
MORE INFO: plainsart.org