Current Exhibitions


Frank Sampson

July 18- October 7



For forty years Frank Sampson—now ninety-two years old—taught painting and printmaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He returns for one month in summer and one month in winter to the North Dakota family’s home in Edmore where he continues to paint. His parents, Abner and Mabel Sampson, were farmers. He visits his brothers Abner Jr., now in a Devils Lake nursing home, and eighty-year-old Clark who continues to farm with his sons. Another of the farming brothers, Milton, is deceased. His youngest brother Douglas—also deceased— took his PhD from Yale, became an atomic physicist at Los Alamos, and taught at Penn State for three decades.



When asked about his paintings, Mr. Sampson says, In looking for past experiences and antecedents that may have influenced my work as an artist I think immediately of my childhood on a farm near Edmore, North Dakota surrounded by pigs, chickens, horses and cows as well as a story-telling mother who entertained and rewarded her five sons with vivid adventure stories. These wonderful tales were full of fantasy and frequently animals played major roles.



Frank Sampson earned his BA in art from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (1950) and his MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Iowa (1952). Sampson joined the United States Army (1954-56) and returned to Iowa for three years of postgraduate work under Mauricio Lasansky, the groundbreaking and world-famous printmaker (1956-50). He won a Fulbright to Belgium to study the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch (1959-60). Upon his return to the States, he joined the Art Faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1961 and retired as a full professor in 1990.  



Mark Strand


Frank Sampson, Follow the Leader, 2004
Acrylic on Arches paper, 34.5 x 39 inches
Frank Sampson in his Boulder studio, March 29, 2019

Frank Sampson, Animals Are Coming to Town, 2016
Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 49 inches



Pure War

May 19th- August 15


Rogers' work explores the American obsession with acceleration, aggression, and adrenal pursuits. Created from a mix of hard and soft materials, the sculptures range from fantastic creatures made of decommissioned firearms to intimate textile maps of abandoned missile silos.

Rogers grew up in Grand Forks where his father, the late John H. Rogers, was the much beloved founding Dean of the College of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Oakland, CA. 





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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