North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks

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The North Dakota Museum of Art was founded in the mid-1970's as the University of North Dakota Art Galleries, a temporary exhibition space primarily for the benefit of university students. In 1981 the North Dakota State Legislature designated the University Galleries as North Dakota's official art museum. With its expanded mission came a new name: the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The first task was to find an appropriate and permanent home. A building fund, established in the late 1970s from private sources, had grown to $1 million. The staff and the Friends of the North Dakota Museum of Art, a non-profit organization established in 1985, raised an additional $400,000. The University of North Dakota agreed to give the Museum a 1907 gymnasium if the Friends raised the additional money needed for the renovation. In September 1989 the building, designed by Harvey Hoshour, an MIT graduate who worked for Mies van der Rohe before establishing his own firm in New Mexico, opened to great public enthusiasm. Artists participated by designing the public restrooms (neon artist, Cork Marcheschi), the gift shop and the donor wall (Barton Benes), and the sculpture garden (Richard Nonas).

The North Dakota Museum of Art collects contemporary, international art in all media starting with the early 1970s (the founding of the Museum) onwards. It collects the visual history of the region. It is also assembling a survey collection of contemporary Native American art, starting with the early 1970s when the movement emerged. This does not preclude the acceptance of collections that are outside this focus if they would enrich the visual life of our audience, i.e. a historical textile collection.
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  • My wife and I had a wonderful lunch in the museum cafe. After lunch we spent about a half hour looking over the painting exhibit of a North Dakota artist on the main level. If we had more time, we wou...  more »
  • Although this is listed as a museum, it's foremost a gallery. There's a few main exhibits and then many smaller pieces from a variety of artists. These pieces rotate out much like any gallery museum. ...  more »
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  • Such a fun place! There is the most fasenating art and it was a great experience! I definitely recommend going there.
  • A gem, not just in GF but the entire state. International and national art work rotates in the galleries. The cafe has fantastic dishes you won't find elsewhere in town. Reasonably priced, too. Metered parking, though, so bring quarters.

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