Upcoming Events

Solstice Celebration:
A Tree of Circles

December 21 until January 18 


Celebration December 21 and 22, 2018
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 1 - 5 pm

Hot cider and cookies available both days. 


The North Dakota Museum of Art has offered an opportunity to all school groups or classes to participate in a community-driven art exhibition set to open December 21, 2018.  Collaborating with Bradford Hansen-Smith, a working artist and teacher who lives in Grand Forks, the students are in the process of making a magnificent Solstice tree from thousands of paper plates.

Brad’s own recent paper-plate sculpture exhibition at the Museum was a “WOW” for everyone who saw it. Brad has developed a process of learning - simple to utterly complex geometric relationships - through folding paper circles; he called this process Wholemovement™.  His folding techniques offer a fun, hands-on approach to exploring geometry and art. Children and adults enjoy folding, taping, and coloring paper plates, all the while being led into a deeper discussion of mathematical principles and several other STEAM aspects. (Science, Engineering, Technology, Art, and Math)

Bradford is teaching his Wholemovement™ process to any grade level or school group that invites him into their classroom. The process is rooted in touching points on the surface of the paper plate to create folds which, when repeated in a consistent manner, allow beautiful geometric forms to be created. With each fold, more information is generated and explored — plants, DNA strands, benzene ring matrices, torus rings, Mobius strips, vector equilibrium, prism, anti-prism, hexagons, octahedral, fractals, patterns, and the ever-present tetrahedron are just a few of the options. The classrooms of students are being guided by Bradford to create basic geometric forms that will function as building blocks. The hundreds of resulting building block sculptures will then be assembled in the Museum into the form of a gigantic Solstice tree surrounded by geometric icicle forms suspended from the ceiling.


Click here to help fund the Solstice Tree Celebration
Click here to sign up to volunteer to assemble the Solstice Tree
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This Week Only/Benefit Dinner 2019


Intake | January 19th - January 22nd 

Exhibition | January 27th - February 2nd 

Benefit Dinner | February 2nd  


This Week Only is the Museum’s most popular exhibition from our own region. Imagine a panoply of art from the Red River Valley and surrounding plains and woodlands; walls covered with works springing from our own place to brighten our lives in the dead of winter.

This is the third This Week Only exhibition, the only non-curated show in the Museum's schedule. Last year we changed the dates and closed on the day of the Annual Benefit Dinner. Remember, don’t submit works of art you entered in either of the two earlier exhibitions as the public will remember.

Last year people poured in and lingered over a hundred works on paper, paintings, sculptures, photographs, crafts, and multi-media everything. The opening brought a nice and eager crowd, raising over $72,000. Again this year, if one wishes to buy at the opening or in advance of the Dinner, a 20% premium will be added to the sale price.


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Susana Amundarain, Ora, 2010-12, 60 x 24 inches, Acrylic on canvas. Gifted to the Museum by the artist. Detail.


Family Day 


Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 10 AM until 12 PM

Family Day is a day where children of all ages and adults come together to work on projects that help us understand the Museum exhibit or learn about techniques and materials. It takes place on the last Saturday of the month during the school year, from 10 am to noon, unless otherwise noted. Drop in or stay the entire time. There is no admission, although donations to cover materials are always welcome. Free Parking is available, compliments of the Museum.




Myra Presents: Poulenc Trio


Sunday, February 10, 2019 | 2 PM

The North Dakota Museum of Art will unveil a new composition: Three Bassoons Trio (working title) by Matt WittgrafAlso on the program is A Tribute to Walt Whitman, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Whitman's birth in 2019.

The Whitman celebration includes a new work by Boston composer Andrew List incorporating Poems from Walt Whitman on Beethoven’s Septet about which Beethoven wrote: Dainty abandon, sometimes as if Nature laughing on a hillside in the sunshine; serious and firm monotonies, as of winds; a horn sounding through the tangle of the forest, and the dying echoes; soothing floating of waves, but presently rising in surges, angrily lashing, muttering, heavy; piercing peals of laughter, for interstices; now and then weird, as Nature herself is in certain moods—but mainly spontaneous, easy, careless...

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Individual concert tickets:

$20 for Museum members
$25 for non-Museum members

Liang Wang, Oboe
James Austin Smith, Bassoon
Irina Kaplan, Piano