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Adult Art Classes offered through the NDMOA


History of Still Life Painting
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
July 15 – August 26

Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 20 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.

This weekly class will follow the text of Norman Brysons “Looking at the Overlooked” to gain a deeper understanding of the foundations of the still life genre in painting. The structure of this class will consist of weekly readings, a lecture on the readings with additional information on artists and movements discussed. Following the lecture there will be a discussion that is formulated around a question posed prior to the lecture.

Historically and culturally, the societies that produced still life painting could hardly be more diverse. What is it, then, that allows us to place such different types of image in a single category? Norman Bryson argues that the family resemblances between the different types of still life stem from their common portrayal of a level of material culture that retains its fundamental outlines through long spans of time and across the boundaries and divisions of national culture: the culture of domestic routine and of the rituals of hospitality. How this ‘low plane reality’ is historically viewed and inflected by the ‘higher’ levels and discourses of the surrounding culture is the fundamental subject of this book.

  • Looking at the Overlooked

Mollie Douthit: a painter who resides in Grand Forks and Ireland. She depicts ordinary, personal situations that contain personally emotive objects or people. Mollie enjoys reading and films immensely, often finding inspiration from these sources. She also incorporates creative writing into the titles of many of her works. She has been the recipient of multiple international painting awards. Mollie has received numerous awards and grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Irish Arts Council, and the North Dakota Council of the Arts. Her work has been supported by residencies at the Jentel Foundation for the Arts, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. Splitting time between Ireland and North Dakota, among other locales, Mollie loves painting in the kitchen and is an avid baker. Mollie’s passion for still life painting continually informs and helps grow her practice.

Utilizing the text of ‘Looking at the overlooked’ by Norman Bryson Douthit will present in detail key facets of this genre with images, historical insights, as well as structure for enriching conversation around a topic that is a cornerstone to her work and being.
The book is not required but suggested. Online and print copies are available from multiple sources.

Members $125
Non-members $140

Digital Drawing by Tait Simonson

Digital Drawing
online class
ages 18+

Four weeks to choose from!
Monday – Friday
June 29 – July 3
July 13 – 17
July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31

Ever want to create a wonderful work of art, but just don’t have the materials? This is the camp for you! It is all digital! We love using our phones and devices so why not make art with them! Learn to draw and paint digitally on a whole new level with this camp! Four unique art lessons on making digital art, step by step directions from start to finish, that will teach you better understanding of techniques and process of digital art making!

Each day includes a pre-recorded demonstration. You’ll upload your images and get feedback from the teacher and other students in the online classroom. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

These classes are a combination of working on your own time and meeting together using Zoom. Please see schedule below.

Monday – Friday. Four lessons and three Zoom meetings.

Monday: Mountain Landscape
Tuesday: Abstract Art
Wednesday: Contour Line Drawing
Thursday: Desert Sunset Landscape
Friday: Review and Celebrate!

Zoom Meetings:
Monday, Introduction: 11:00 am 40 minutes
Wednesday, Review and Discuss: 11:00 am 40 minutes
Friday, Review and Celebrate: 11:00 am 40 minutes

Zoom meeting links available in the classroom
*You will need a gmail account (email address) to access the classroom. Secure classroom codes sent after registration.

Members $100
Non-members $120

Tait Simonson is from Faith, South Dakota, today he does most of his creative art work from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended undergraduate school at the University of South Dakota receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Sculpture. He then went on to attend graduate school at the Pacific Northwest College of Fine Art to receive his Master’s of Fine Arts degree. Since then he has been teaching Art at Central Valley Public School K-12, while receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valley City State University. He specializes in sculpture and, focuses on light based architecturally responsive work, he also enjoys working with metal, clay, and wood.

Book Binding with Tait Simonson

Book Binding
ages 18+

Stab Binding
Wednesday, July 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Line Stitch
Wednesday, July 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Coptic Stitch
Wednesday, August 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Perfect Binding
Wednesday, August 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 14 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.

Have you ever wanted to create your own book, or maybe you’re tired of buying a boring sketchbook that isn’t what you want? This could be the perfect class for you! Learn how to create and bind your very own books! This is a great way learn to make your sketchbook or craft book for almost any use! This class we go over four distinctly different binding stitches with great insight on how you might use this technique for years to come!

All material is provided, no experience necessary.

Each evening class rate:
Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Sign up for all four classes and receive 25% off

ND Museum of Art Painting Class for Kids


December 26 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Ages 7 – 13

Museum Members $20
Non-members $30

Children will have fun learning how to paint snow-covered trees as they create winter wonderland paintings. We’ll be exploring shapes, color, perspective, layering of color and other art concepts/techniques which bringing their paintings to life. No experience necessary, all materials provided. Please wear clothing that can get a little messy.
Teacher: Sheila Dalgliesh
Sheila is committed to providing exceptional art experiences to the children of the Grand Forks area through her numerous classes and workshops at the Museum and in the community. You may also know her through the ArtWise “Artist in the Classroom” program where she has been teaching for over seventeen years. Sheila has vast repertoire of art teaching skills, which she has learned by listening to her students.
Class will be held in the Hughes Fine Arts Center on UND campus, Room 111.
To register visit their website here.

Call for Entries: NDMOA’s This Week Only

All Artists are invited to place one work of art in the

North Dakota Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition

This Week Only, January 27– February 2, 2019

This Week Only is the Museum’s most popular exhibition from our region. Imagine a panoply of art from the Red River Valley and surrounding plains and woodlands; walls covered with works springing from our own place to brighten our lives in the dead of winter.
This is the third This Week Only exhibition, the only non-curated show in the Musuem’s schedule. Last year they changed the dates and closed on the day of the Annual Benefit Dinner. Remember, don’t submit works of art you entered in either of the two earlier exhibitions as the public will remember.
Last year people poured in and lingered over a hundred works on paper, paintings, sculptures, photographs, crafts, and multi-media everything. The opening brought a nice and eager crowd, raising over $72,000.  Again this year, if one wishes to buy at the opening or in advance of the Dinner, a 20% premium will be added to the sale price.
Artists:  The Museum is ready to invite you to do it again. Please submit, buy, celebrate, and expand your visual acuity, or just have fun. As noted above, they are showcasing the show during the Museum’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Your work will be the highlight of the evening and a benefit for you and the Museum. The Benefit Dinner is the region’s most glittering and festive occasion. Instead of the customary Silent Auction, the art in This Week Only will be offered for sale with proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and the Museum. Artists set their own prices.
Eligibility: If you are a serious artist from North Dakota, Southern Manitoba, neighboring Minnesota, and northern South Dakota, you are invited to submit one artwork of your choice to This Week Only.
Dates: The show officially opens at 2 pm on Sunday, January 27, 2019, and continues for one week, closing on Saturday evening, February 2.
Delivery of Art: Museum staff will be on hand January 19 – 24  to receive the art during the Museum’s regular hours: 9 – 5 weekdays and 1 – 5 on Saturday and Sunday.
If you wish to ship, the art must arrive at the Museum within the receiving time. They will return it to you in your packing materials and charge your credit card for the cost. Make these arrangements on the Entry Form.
Acceptable Artwork: Two-dimensional works of art cannot be larger than a total of 16 feet. (For example 1 x 7 feet, 2 x 6 feet, 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 4 feet or any size smaller.) If you are submitting three-dimensional or non-wall work, please give them a call to discuss special considerations.  Sculpture must fit through a regular door (7 x 3 feet). Special equipment needed for display—including sculpture stands, monitors and projectors—must be furnished by the artist. The art must be ready for installation, including proper framing to protect the art. No clips and string, or other devices that will allow the work to slip out of the hanging apparatus, become unhinged, or become damaged. This is an uninsured exhibition so artists must protect their own. The Museum can refuse works of questionable condition, and hang certain works in designated areas.
Entry Fee: $25 prior to or when the work arrives at the Museum.
People’s Choice Award: All visitors will be asked to vote.
Sale of Art: All work must be for sale and priced according to your current retail sales expectations. Remember, artists establish the sale price and split proceeds 50/50 with the Museum. Those who wish to buy before the Museum Dinner may pay an extra 20% and it’s theirs. All buyers may take the work home after the Benefit Dinner.
Return of Art: Works not sold can be picked up during regular Museum hours from February 5 – 10. Work not reclaimed or sold will not be stored at the Museum—if you saw how pressed they are for space you would understand.
This event honors Walter Hopps (1932-2005), one of America’s most beloved and creative curators, whose 1978 Thirty-Six Hours was the first such known exhibition. Francisco Alvarado, who made the jungle installation last season in the Museum’s Weeds show, had a work in Thirty Six Hours. It was purchased by Joseph Hirshhorn (the founder of the Hirshhorn Museum) who Francisco credits with kicking off his artistic career.

Job Opening for Exhibition Coordinator at NDMOA

Interested in working at an art museum?

The North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks has a position opening

Job Description: Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator
Opening: August 2019
Applications accepted now with on the job training beginning summer 2019.
The North Dakota Museum of Art researches, collects, conserves and exhibits works of contemporary art. The Registrar/Exhibition Coordinator is responsible for supporting the mission, vision and philosophy of the Museum as it pertains to the above actions. The position will interpret and display objects of artistic and historical importance, with the additional responsibility of carrying out and documenting the following activities:
Object entry and acquisition of new and existing works in the collection
Management of all incoming and outgoing artworks
Care of physical objects and storage procedures
Digital photography documentation of the collection and exhibitions
Crating, packing, and coordinating the shipping of exhibition materials
Preparing objects for exhibition by matting, framing or mounting, including performing condition reports on all artwork for exhibitions and the collection
Exhibitions installation of 2 and 3-dimensional and audio/visual projects
Exhibition tour management of statewide and national traveling exhibitions
Organize and maintain off-site storage facilities
Management of insurance coverage of art collection
Interpretation and advice on legal and regulatory issues
Ability to gain proficiency in the Museum’s permanent collection database
Knowledge of best practices of contemporary display techniques (lighting, audio/video installation, hanging artwork)

Some general building upkeep and maintenance

Email your resume and cover letter to Matthew Wallace at mwallace@ndmoa.com.

Artist-in-Residency Program at McCanna House

The University of North Dakota Museum of Art is once again sponsoring an artist-in-residency program. Applications to the program are now open and there are two spots available — June 5 to 16, and July 3 to 21 — at the Museum’s McCanna House, an artist-in-residence facility 35 miles west of Grand Forks. They are seeking individuals, or groups, working in visual arts, literature, or music. McCanna House is a three bedroom, three bath facility. Group and individual proposals are welcome.

Named McCanna House, the residency will offer artists, composers, and writers time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich agricultural land. Margery McCanna, a long-time Museum patron, donated her 1920s French country-style home to the Museum upon her death. It was her wish the property be used as an artist-in-residence space. The home is located in western Grand Forks County in McCanna, North Dakota (approximately 35 miles west of Grand Forks). Check out this link for more information – http://ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence. Or contact the University of North Dakota Museum of Art at 701-777-4195 or ndmoa@ndmoa.com for more information.

About McCanna House

Margery McCanna Jennison gave her ancestral home in western Grand Forks County to the North Dakota Museum of Art to establish the state’s first, full-fledged, Artist-in-Residence Program. Named McCanna House, the residency offers artists, composers, and writers unfettered time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich, agricultural land.

McCanna, ND, is a small farming community about 35 miles west of Grand Forks, just north of the town of Larimore. The McCanna family began farming the area in the mid-1800’s, and it prospered into what was one of the largest Bonanza farms in the area. Margery McCanna Jennison inherited the family farmstead, consisting of the 1920 French country style farmhouse, a 40 x 70 foot steel building, and 9 acres of surrounding land. She was an ardent supporter of the arts, and a well-versed world traveler.

When Margery passed away in April of 2010, she left the farmstead to the North Dakota Museum of Art, with the understanding that it would be used to house an artist-in-residence program — a place where people could have the peace and solitude to unfurl the power of their imaginations. The house affords the resident artists a place to contemplate the visceral sense of space and change out here, and to allow this to inspire a blueprint of limitlessness.


  • Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
  • House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
  • Washer and dryer
  • Electric stove in well appointed kitchen
  • Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
  • A modest array of hand tools
  • Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
  • 10 miles from town of Larimore (pop.2,000), yet feels remote and private.
  • 35 miles from Grand Forks (pop.55,000), with its thriving art scene and good shopping/dining
  • Well stocked library
  • Fruit trees
  • Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
  • Endless sky
  • Big weather