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Plains Art Museum, Fargo

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The Plains Art Museum is a fine arts museum located in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, United States.
The history of the museum dates back to 1965 when the "Red River Art Center" opened in the former Moorhead, Minnesota, post office. The name of the museum was changed when it was incorporated with the Rourke Art Gallery to form the "Plains Art Museum" in 1975. After a 1987 schism resulting the departure of founding director James O'Rourke, the Plains Art Museum and the Rourke Art Museum and Gallery became separate institutions. The Museum remained in the downtown Moorhead location until 1996. In October 1997, the Museum relocated to a renovated turn-of-the-century International Harvester warehouse in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. The American Alliance of Museums granted accreditation to Plains Art Museum in 2003. This made the Plains Art Museum one of two museums in North Dakota which has received this distinction.
The Plains Art Museum acquired the old International Harvester warehouse building in 1994. The architecture firm of Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc. of Minneapolis, also behind the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Minnesota History Center, composed a design incorporating both old and new styles.
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  • Nice collection of art in Fargo - very nice, clean facilities. friendly staff. Lots of good background on the displays to see.  more »
  • Nice exhibits. Especially enjoyed the one showing indigenous people art. Staff was also friendly & helpful  more »
  • Smaller sized museum with three exhibition halls (one on each level) and a separate space over a skybridge. Current exhibition mainly focused on art by women, but another exhibition focused on non-visual art. Overall, I found it to be well curated.
  • They’ve got a really good selection of art, and their staff is amazing.

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