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Fargo’s art scene has plenty to offer

The art scene in Fargo has grown in the last couple of years. Several studios have been in the area for decades and new ones have popped up recently.

Whether you’re an art snob or you’ve never been to an art museum, there’s something in the area for you. Check out these local art  stops and discover some of your own favorite art galleries.

MSUM Art Gallery
Roland Dille Center for the Arts

MSUM’s own art gallery, housed in the first floor of the Center for Arts, features pieces from students as well as national artists. The gallery has 12-foot high ceilings that allow for suspended art as well as pedestals and movable walls that permit flexible layouts of the gallery.

GARRETT MATTESON - mattesonga@mnstate.edu

Rourke Art Museum
521 Main Ave
Moorhead
218.236.8861
www.therourke.org

The Rourke opened in 1960 and is now home to more than 3,000 paintings, prints, drawings and other forms of art. The building in which the Rourke museum is housed is a work of art on its own. Built in 1913 by architect Oscar Wenderoth, it was originally the Moorhead post office. It served many functions throughout its history, including housing the Plains Art Museum as well as the Rourke before the Plains Art Museum moved to its current location downtown.

Along with the museum, there’s a also an art gallery located at 423 4th St S., Moorhead. This gallery was orignially built in 1875 as a three-room cottage and now houses a select number of local artists.

GARRETT MATTESON - mattesonga@mnstate.edu

Plains Art Museum
704 1st Avenue N
Fargo, ND 58102
701.232.3821
www.plainsart.org

This 56,000-square-foot museum originally opened in 1965 in the current Rourke building. The museum has grown to include a frame and wood shop, cafe, print studio, library and an average of 12 special exhibitions a year. The collection at Plains Art Museum includes over 3,000 works from national and regional artists.

GARRETT MATTESON - mattesonga@mnstate.edu

Ecce Art Studio
216 N Broadway
Fargo, ND 58102
701.298.3223
www.ecce216.com

Ecce’s (pronounced et-cheh) industrial, yet historical design offers a large studio with designer purses and other handmade items as well as a full yoga studio. Owner, Mark Weiler, brings different art to the gallery every month so there’s always something fresh to see. Yoga classes range from pre-natal yoga to T’ai chi chih so there’s something for everybody.

GARRETT MATTESON - mattesonga@mnstate.edu

Spirit Room
111 Broadway N 
Fargo, ND 58102
701.237.0230
www.spiritroom.net

Since 1999, Spirit Room has provided Fargo with art, yoga, meditation and anything else they can fit under their roof. The art gallery at Spirit Room is constantly changing in order to showcase as many local artists as possible. Along with art and yoga studios, Spirit Room also houses the Center for Interfaith Projects. According to their website, the Center For Interfaith Projects strives to promote mutual respect among members of different faiths.

BY ANDREW JASON
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