Current Exhibitions

Fred H.C. Liang:
A Bubble in a Stream

October 17 — December 13, 2015


At the most basic level—and beyond attempting to link the “formal” language of abstraction with the folk art of jianzhi (paper-cut)—I also tinker with subtle, symbolic implications and metaphors that connect the past and the present, east and west, philosophy and religion. In doing so, my work traverses through the medium of drawings, installations, and sculptures. — Fred Liang

Born in Wuhan, Fred Liang grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Later he moved with his family to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Liang attended the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. Since then Liang has earned a Masters of Fine Art degree at Yale, taught art in Windsor, and worked as an art researcher in New York. He is now an artist and art professor at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.


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The Museum Collects

October 17 - December 13, 2015


Visit the Jean Dean Holland Gallery to see works from the North Dakota Museum of Art Permanent Collection.

Artists include:

Mary Bonkemeyer
Rena Effendi
Glen Hanson
Bill Harbot
Graciela Iturbide
Douglas Kinsey
Marley Kaul
Laura Letinsky
Zoran Mojsilov
Victoria Neel
Rubin Nusz
The Oakes Twins
Robert Peluce
Res and Constanza Piaggio
Robert Polidori
Robert Rauschenberg
Arnold Saper
Alec Soth
Lena McGrath Welker
Rosalie Winard



Alec Soth, Kameron and Joseph, Houston, Texas, 2013. Photograph, Edition 8/9, 50 x 40 inches. Gift from anonymous donor.


Barton's Place

November 16, 2013 - Ongoing

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.