The North Dakota Art Gallery Association (NDAGA) and the North Dakota Council on the
Arts (NDCA), with support from Starion Bank, organized two exhibits to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the North Dakota Council on the Arts. The exhibits display the artwork of 50 North Dakota artists, as well as the work of the exhibit curator. One of these exhibits is displayed in the Heritage Center, and the other is a touring exhibit that will travel the state during this anniversary year. This catalogue highlights the work in both exhibits.

As we enter our anniversary year, it is good to remember how the agency was founded. Two years after national legislation created the National Endowment for the Arts in 1965, the North Dakota state legislature established the North Dakota Arts and Humanities in 1967, as an official agency of the State of North Dakota. In 1980, the oficial name was shortened to the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

During NDCA's fifty years, it has provided varied services to the citizens of North Dakota. The agency addresses the need for creativity in public education and enhances arts education. NDCA increases the economic impact the arts have on our state and on local communities, improves the wellness of our citizens through the use of arts programming, preserves our cultural heritage through folk and traditional arts mentorships, and enhances the quality of life for all of our citizens.

We would like to thank the North Dakota State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts for funding our state agency for the past 50 years. Thank you also to Starion Bank for their continued support of the arts.

~ Beth Gigante Klingenstein, PhD; Executive Director, NDCA 


Heritage Center Schedule   October 28, 2016 - April 30, 2017

Touring Schedule   October 2016 - December 2018

1. James Memorial Art Center                                December 1 - 31, 2016
    621 1st Avenue West
    Williston, ND 58801

2. The Art Center                                                     February 16 - March 24, 2017
    115 2nd Street SW
    Jamestown, ND 58402

3. OPEN/AVAILABLE                                               April 1 - 26, 2017

4. Taube Museum of Art                                           May 2 - June 2, 2017
    2 North Main Street
    Minot, ND 58703

5. Bismarck Art & Galleries Association                   June 27 - July 21, 2017
    422 East Front Street
    Bismarck, ND 58504

6. University of Mary                                                 August 1 - 30, 2017
    Welder Library
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504

7. Mind's Eye Art Gallery                                         September 4 - 30, 2017
    Dickinson State University
    Klinefelter Hall
    Dickinson, ND 58601

8. Ellendale Opera House Gallery                           October 5 - November 5, 2017
    55 Main Street
    Ellendale, ND 58430

9. Cando Art Center                                                 February 1 - 21, 2018
    111 4th Avenue
    Cando, ND 58324

10. Northwest Art Center                                         March 1 - 31, 2018
Minot State University
      500 University Avenue West
      Minot, ND 58707

11. OPEN/AVAILABLE                                             April - December 2018