Plains Art Museum unveils mural


James Rosenquist, The North Dakota Mural, 2010, oil on canvas, 13 x 24 ft., Gift of an Anonymous Donor in honor of Dr. Jovan Brkić, a world-renowned scholar of philosophy, gentleman, and friend; and made possible by an in-kind creative gift by James Rosenquist, © James Rosenquist.

As I write this, folks in the Fargo-Moorhead area are getting their first look at a new mural adorning the Plains Art Museum. The North Dakota Mural is a 13 x 24 ft. work by pop artist and North Dakota native James Rosenquist.

The completion and hanging of the Rosenquist mural completes a major leg of the Museum’s capital campaign, “There’s a Little Artist in All of Us.” Another major goal of the campaign is the construction of the Center for Creativity and Lifelong Learning, a proposed central location for arts education for the entire community.

Rosenquist, who attended the University of Minnesota, worked alongside the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Barnett Newman in the 1960s. Now 76, Rosenquist will be in Fargo on October 20 to talk about the mural and the story of its creation.

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