Current Exhibitions

Nancy Friese:
Encircling Trees and Radiant Skies

July 19 - September 18, 2016

The exhibition is generously underwritten by Enbridge


A sense of the local is central to Nancy Friese’s work, which documents places and events that are specific and personal, while offering them up to be shared by the viewer. Friese is a landscape artist, and, though she lives and works most of the year in Rhode Island, she spends several weeks each summer in rural Buxton, North Dakota, on the land her great-grandfather homesteaded when he emigrated from Norway. It is land she has drawn again and again, depicting its expansive fields and seemingly endless skies, sometimes in vivid paint and sometimes in intimate etched lines.

Summers end and the artist returns to the East Coast to continue developing her images, sometimes as prints, but also oil paintings on canvas, and watercolors as large as nine-feet wide and five-feet high, or as small as 30 x 30 inches. Her prints include woodcuts, etchings, drypoints, and monotypes.

Friese entered the University of North Dakota and left in 1970 as a registered nurse. It was art, however, which claimed her: a BA from the Cincinnati Art Academy, a year at Berkeley in the painting program, and ultimately an MFA from Yale. For years she was head of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design while working as a full-time artist. She has won numerous grants, awards, and invitations to paint at such coveted sites as Monet’s gardens at Giverny and in Japan on a Japan–US Friendship Commission.  Friese was elected an Academician in the National Academy Museum and School in New York, NY. She has shown in 170 group shows and had thirty solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally.



Second Nature

An exhibition of Nancy Friese’s former students at the Rhode Island School of Design and Anderson Ranch Arts Center will open in conjunction with Nancy Friese’s solo show.

Kim Beck, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Diane Cionni, Spring Boat Springs, Colorado
Todd Hebert, Grand Forks
Fleming Jeffries, Doho, Qatar
Madeline Irvine, Austin, Texas
Julie Mehretu, New York, New York
Yoonmi Nam, Lawrence, Kansas
Serena Perrone, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lamar Peterson, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jennifer Williams Terpstra, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Nancy Friese. Summer Noon, 2013. Oil on linen, 30 x 30 inches. (detail)


Nancy Friese. Cropped Vine, 2013. Watercolor, 41 x 41 inches.. (detail)






Barton's Place


Barton Lidice Benes lived in a magical apartment in New York City. It was filled with over $1 million in African, Egyptian, South American, Chinese and contemporary art, plus much more as touted in the New York Times when it announced Barton’s intended gift to North Dakota (2/6/05).

Barton Benes and his treasure trove spent decades tucked away in a glorious boxcar space in Westbeth, the artist community in New York’s West Village. There, rare works of art joined ranks with the arcane, the wistful, the amusing, the deeply serious, and a “maddening and morbid array of things” (a human toe found on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge, a stuffed mink wearing a mink coat, an eight-foot giraffe head). This temporary installation suggests the drama and mystery embedded in Barton’s private wonderland. Continue reading...


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Walter Piehl / ULAE print benefits NDMOA


North Dakota artist Walter Piehl collaborated with Bill Goldston, Director of Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island, to create a work of art as a benefit for the North Dakota Museum of Art. ULAE is known as a pioneer for its work with artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist as they introduced lithography as a fine art form to Americans. Only thirty Walter Piehl prints exist. Print number one will go into the Museum's permanent collection. Print two will be raffled off to the general public, and the remaining twenty-eight are available for Museum supporters, Walter's friends, and collectors. Contact the Museum 701.777.4195 to secure your print, destined to take its rightful place in the history of art on the Northern Plains.

Price: Twenty-eight prints to be sold with all proceeds going to the Museum. Graduated price structure: Edition #3-10 for $2,000 each (SOLD); Edition #11-20 for $2,500 (SOLD); Edition #21-30 for $3,000.

    Only 2 prints left

Walter Piehl, Smokey Nellie, Pigmented ink-jet with lithography, 24 x 32 1/4 inches, 2013.
Walter named the work after the two horses his friend Bill Goldston rode as a youngster in Oklahoma.