Arts Dakota

Variety of media, Variety of artists


North Dakota Council on the Arts’
celebrates 40 Year Anniversary
with a Touring Exhibit 

Minot, ND-Over 60 artists responded to the call to participate in a statewide exhibition celebrating the arts in North Dakota. Hailing from all corners of the state, visual artists, writers, musicians and videographers submitted work to be included in the exhibition called ARTS DAKOTA.

The North DakotaArt Gallery Association, New Bohemia, ND and the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) sponsored this exhibition to celebrate the Council’s 40thAnniversary. Focusing exclusively on North Dakota artists, ARTS DAKOTA showcases many of North Dakota’s finest creative personalities, both professional and amateur.  Executive director of the NDCA, Jan Webb, states, “The works of art featured here are by North Dakota artists in many disciplines and exemplify the quality and diversity of the talent within our state.”

Visitors to the exhibit can view visual artworks (paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, wood carving, and printmaking), and read the stories as well as listen to songs and see video clips. Participating artists make their homes in towns, large and small, from Beach to Park River. Looked at collectively, ARTS DAKOTA contains great diversity, but common themes emerge–love of nature, love of material and a preponderance of images and passages that point to common themes of isolation, remoteness and quiet.

A catalogue of all the artists will be available in November, documenting the exhibition and for sale through the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, and at the exhibition.

ARTS DAKOTA will tour throughout the state with stops in Minot, Cando,  Jamestown, Fargo, Bismarck, Mayville, Dickinson, Devils Lake and Williston. The exhibition and its tour was made possible by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota State Historical Society.