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A Protest Against Forgetting: The Paintings of Jim Falck

September 22 – November 18, 2015

Preview Exhibition: September 10 - 11

Opening Reception September 25, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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 1960s and 1970s, and he held the position of Chief Landscape Architect for the Metropolitan Park System of Boston until his retirement in 1988.

After retiring Falck embarked on a journey as a full-time artist and divided his time between home and abroad, creating work in artist residencies in Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. The artist’s paintings convey a passion for travel and a lust for life. 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. Curated by Christian Gion, this exhibition is a celebration of the life and work of Jim Falck and his legacy of lifelong commitment to the visual arts.

This exhibition is sponsored by the NDSU Development Foundation and NDSU Alumni Association.

Angles: Selections from NDSU Advanced Painting

May - September 2015

Memorial Union Main Level

The three paintings in “Angles,” an exhibition on the main level of the Memorial Union, capture unique perspectives, framing scenes one might briefly catch in passing. Each piece presents a glimpse in time shown through a distinct, third person perspective. An aerial view of blond hair pulled into a bun, secured with a pink scrunchie. A solitary lifeguard tower perched on an empty beach, set against a fading blue horizon. A cinematic frame of figures exposed yet blurred through a windowpane. These paintings are testimonies to individual moments, filtered through varying perspectives that allow viewers to focus and fixate.

This exhibition wall was curated by Juan Arce of the Memorial Union Gallery and highlights paintings made during the Spring 2015 semester by students enrolled in Advanced Painting at NDSU. For more information and pricing, stop by the Memorial Union Gallery.


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
The Gallery will be closed the following dates due to holidays, trainings, and show transitions: August 19-20, September 12, September 19, November 11, November 26  28, December 12

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




September 4: Greg Walter Artist Talk, 11 am

September 10 – 11: Jim Falck Preview Exhibition

September 25: Opening Reception - “A Protest Against Forgetting: The Paintings of Jim Falck,” 5 – 7 pm

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