Plains Art Museum

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Plains Art Museum connects art, artists, and audiences to foster creative, resilient, and welcoming communities.


Plains Art Museum serves the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area's population of 210,000 and while the Museum building is a beacon, it's what happens in and from this facility that touches the lives of nearly 60,000 people each year, mostly from North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

For nearly 40 years, the people of the Fargo-Moorhead region have found a place of inspiration in their regional art museum. For some, the inspiration leads to a life-long career in the arts; for others the creative muse is applied to technology, agriculture, or one of the other fields that fuel our region's economic prosperity.

The Museum's role is to create a stimulating cultural and artistic environment in which artists can thrive, to make available quality art experiences for the community, and to provide a resource for the collection, exhibition, preservation, and enjoyment of art. In addition to a variety of art exhibitions, the Museum offers both in-house and outreach programs that enrich art education and exhibition opportunities in the region.

Plains Art Museum has brought people and art together for learning and inspiration, its mission, in the following ways:

*Mounted exhibitions which featured local and regional artists whose careers were shaped by our expansive landscape; along with artists of national and international stature through touring exhibition.

*Hosted special programs and events for children, families, and adults including Kid Quest, Noon Holiday Concerts, Spring Gala, gallery talks, lectures, exhibition opening receptions, tours, workshops, and classes, including school tours for over 5,000 children.

*Acquire new works of art through purchase or donation, ensuring that the Museum's permanent collection will continue to reflect and protect the artistic legacy of the community it serves.

*Enjoyed solid financial performance as a result of prudent fiscal management, and the generous support from members and donors.

In December 2003, the Museum was awarded accreditation by the American Association of Museums, a status earned by fewer than eight percent of museums nationwide. .

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Organization Info

Executive Director
Colleen Sheehy, Director and CEO
22 part-time
23 full-time
Board Members and Affiliations
Year Formed
Counties Served
Becker, MN
Clay, MN
Clearwater, MN
Hubbard, MN
Mahnomen, MN
Norman, MN
Otter Tail, MN
Pennington, MN
Polk, MN
Red Lake, MN
Wadena, MN
Wilkin, MN
Adams, ND
Barnes, ND
Benson, ND
Billings, ND
Bottineau, ND
Bowman, ND
Burke, ND
Burleigh, ND
Cass, ND
Cavalier, ND
Dickey, ND
Divide, ND
Dunn, ND
Eddy, ND
Emmons, ND
Foster, ND
Golden Valley, ND
Grand Forks, ND
Grant, ND
Griggs, ND
Hettinger, ND
Kidder, ND
LaMoure, ND
Logan, ND
McHenry, ND
McIntosh, ND
McKenzie, ND
McLean, ND
Mercer, ND
Morton, ND
Mountrail, ND
Nelson, ND
Oliver, ND
Pembina, ND
Pierce, ND
Ramsey, ND
Ransom, ND
Renville, ND
Richland, ND
Rolette, ND
Sargent, ND
Sheridan, ND
Sioux, ND
Slope, ND
Stark, ND
Steele, ND
Stutsman, ND
Towner, ND
Traill, ND
Walsh, ND
Ward, ND
Wells, ND
Williams, ND
Meeting Frequency
Tax-Exempt Organization Type

Financial Info

Organization Files Form 990
Top Three Funding Sources
Public Support (Individual & Corporate)Grant funding (ND & MN, National)Charitable Gaming Net
Last Financial Audit
Fiscal Year 2013 ending June 30
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Contact Info

Street Address
704 1st Ave N
Fargo, North Dakota (ND) 58102
Mailing Address
PO Box 2338
Fargo, North Dakota (ND) 58108-2338
(701) 232-3821
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Board Members

Julie Burgum, Casselton, ND (Chair)
Mike Allmendinger, Fargo, ND
Jo Burdick, Fargo, ND
Tom Dawson, Fargo, ND
Raul Gomez, Fargo, ND
Zhimin Guan, Moorhead, MN
Jim Hambrick, Fargo, ND (Treasurer)
Dave Hanson, Fargo, ND
Brian Hayer, Fargo, ND
Joan Justesen, Fargo, ND
Susan Mathison, Fargo, ND
Arlette Preston, Fargo, ND
Carol Rogne (Vice Chair)
Eileen Scheel, Moorhead, MN
Bill Schlossman, Fargo, ND
Meg Spielman Peldo, Fargo, ND
Sam Wai, Moorhead, MN
Jeremy Welsand, Fargo, ND