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Plains Art Museum

Plains Art Museum is closing out its second annual Northern Plains Summer Arts Institute with several events throughout the coming weeks.

On Thursday June 24 from 6:30 -7:30 pm, the public is invited to attend the Museum’s first live Creative Artist Talk in over 18 months. Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Lakota) is the former art director and Vice President of Development at Bacone College in Muskogee Oklahoma. Originally from Marty, South Dakota, Cournoyer holds a Master of Fine Arts in non-profit management from the University of Oklahoma. Following the in the Northern Plains Indian art traditions of Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota) and Fritz Scholder (Luiseno), Cournoyer blends his cultural and artistic backgrounds to connect with his students throughout his career. He currently is the art history lecturer for the Northern Plains Summer Art Institute through June 25.

Pictured: Gerald Cournoyer, "Indian with Coffee."

Pictured: Gerald Cournoyer, "Indian with Coffee."

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The public is also invited to the closing reception for the Northern Plains Summer Arts Institute on Friday June 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Please join Plains Art Museum and NPSAI staff and students in the Starion Gallery located on the third floor of the Katherine Kilbourne Center for Creativity as they showcase the NSPSAI exhibition. Refreshments and food will be provided to celebrate our student’s accomplishments.

Finally on Thursday July 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., the public is also invited to attend the Film Premiere of NPSAI 2020. Falcon Gott’s newest film, documents the experiences and perspectives of NPSAI staff and students from the Museum’s first annual Summer Art Institute for Native American high school and college students. 

For more information about any of these events , please contact Director of Native American Programs, Joe Williams at

Plains Art Museum is the largest and only accredited art museum in North Dakota. It is your nonprofit art museum and education center, supported by over 800 individuals and organizations. The Museum and its Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity are located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo. For more information about visiting or supporting your art museum, visit

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