North Dakota Museum of Art

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The North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA) is the official art museum of the state of North Dakota. Located on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota,[1] the museum is a private not-for-profit institution. The building includes three exhibition galleries, a video information room, cafe, and gift shop. Admission is free.


The museum was formed in the 1970s as the University of North Dakota Art Galleries. In 1981, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly designated the museum as the state's official art museum and the museum took on its present name. The 1907 West Gymnasium on the UND campus was remodeled and, in 1989, the 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) structure became the new home for the museum. Facilities in the museum have been designed by artists who have worked with the museum in the past, including the gift shop and donor wall, created by New York artist Barton Lidice Beneš, who constructed the donor wall similar to his own shadow box museums, and the outdoor sculpture garden created by Richard Nonas.[2] The museum finished a significant renovation project that included installation of skylights, new flooring, and windows.


North Dakota Museum of Art features changing exhibitions from regional, national, and international contemporary artist. Popular exhibits from the past have included "Lewis and Clark: Rivers, Edens, Empires", "Under the Whelming Tide: The 1997 Flood of the Red River of the North", "Bugs and Such", and "The Plains of Sweet Regret".

Since 2013 the museum has hosted an exhibit of the reconstruction of artist Barton Beneš's New York apartment called Barton's Place.[3] Other past exhibitions include:


Rick Bartow: Things I Know, But Cannot Explain

Allison Leigh Holt: The Glass System

In Our Own Words: Native Impressions

Justin Sorensen: Stalking The Snow Leopard

Kim Fink: Changing Nature

Songs For Spirit Lake- Part II


An African Affair

Micah Bloom: Codex

Colorprint U.S.A.

Armando Ramos: Something Absurd

Jill Brody: Hidden In Plain Sight

Fred Liang: A Bubble In A Stream


Arnold Saper: A Face To Paint

Songs For Spirit Lake

Mary Bonkemeyer: Decades In Paint

Robert Rauschenberg: Four Decades Of Work On Paper

Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom


Sunday Concerts In The Gallery Series (October to April)

Concerts In The Garden (July & August)

NDMOA Downtown at the Empire Arts Center.

Permanent Collection[edit]

NDMOA permanent collection including works by Maria Magdalena Campos Pons, Aganetha Dyck, Kiki Smith, Walter Piehl, and Rena Effendi


Outreach programs include Summer Kid's Art Camps, Family Days At The Museum, adult classes, rural arts program, and touring exhibits.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "North Dakota Museum Of Art | Visitor Info". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  2. ^ "North Dakota Museum Of Art | Mission & History". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  3. ^ "North Dakota Museum Of Art | PR GFH 112213". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 

Coordinates: 47°55′8.5″N 97°4′25.6″W / 47.919028°N 97.073778°W / 47.919028; -97.073778