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Land, Sky, Water | Donna Kjonaas and Vicki Kessler

June 4 – July 2, 2015

Public Reception June 9, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Humans live in the context of the natural world. We depend on land, sky and water for our survival. The rhythms and patterns of nature take hold of our imaginations, rooting themselves deep in our psyches. In Land, Sky Water, fiber artists Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjonaas investigate multiple manifestations of universal elements within the particularity of Dakota.

This exhibition uses contemporary fiber as medium. Reclaimed, repurposed and recycled material undergoes a variety of processes (discharge, monoprint, dye, collage, etc.) to create a complex background. Embellishment with stitch, buttons, beads and found objects completes each composition. 

In Land, Sky, Water, Kessler and Kjonaas invite viewers to reflect on their experience of these three elements. Which land lives close to your heart, calling you back again and again? Where is the water that gives life to your spirit? What droughts constrain possibility? How does the arc of sky lift you to a broader understanding? When does the sky drive you to seek shelter from its immense power? What new relationships do you imagine for yourself and your community with these elements? How will these relationships extend and enhance the quality of human life? In what ways will emerging challenges around land, sky, and water compel realignment in our practices of use?

North Dakota Governor's School

July 7 – 10, 2015

Reception July 10

North Dakota Governor's Schools is a six-week residential program for scholastically motivated North Dakota high school sophomores and juniors offering programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Engineering, English Studies, Experimental Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. High school students in the Visual Arts program will create, install, and curate artwork created during this summer experience. 

A Protest Against Forgetting: The Paintings of Jim Falck

September 22 – November 18, 2015

Opening Reception September 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Homecoming Open House and Extended Hours, October 9 – 10

Jim Falck was an architect and painter who held a passionate belief in the power of art to affirm life. His images are instilled with a deep understanding of the history of painting and demonstrate how deeply motivated he was by Modernist masters like Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Clyfford Still, and Richard Diebenkorn. A North Dakota native, he was born to a family that farmed land north of Jamestown and went on to study architecture at NDSU. He worked in a number of prominent architecture design firms in Denver and Boston during the 60s and 70s, and held the position of Chief Landscape Architect for the Metropolitan Park System of Boston until his retirement in 1988. 

Afterwards, he embarked on a personal journey as a full-time painter and divided his time between home and abroad, creating work in artist residencies in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. These paintings speak to the power of travel to excite the spirit and inspire the imagination. With his death in October 2013, a collection of his personal artwork was donated to NDSU in his memory and an endowment was created in his name. This exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of Jim Falck and his legacy of lifelong commitment to the visual arts.


Semester Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday,
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and
Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Summer + Holiday Hours:
Monday through Friday,
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Or by appointment
* Summer hours begin May18

Contact the MU Gallery:
(701) 231- 7900
2nd floor of the NDSU Memorial Union




May 7: Reception - Sam Fein // Pie in the Sky, 5:00 – 7:00 pm 

June 4: Land, Sky, Water exhibition opens, 12:00 pm

June 9: Land, Sky, Water reception, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

July 10: Governor’s School reception

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Administration Phone: +1 (701) 231-8241
Campus address: Memorial Union
Physical/delivery address: 1401 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
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