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24 April 2020

While our historic museum building remains closed to the public, The Rourke continues to serve you

This week, we are rolling out another Artist of the Week, introducing a new feature: Staff Picks from the Collections, and offering fresh art in the gallery store

We're pleased to announce the extension of Mike Marth's exhibit, "New Work," which is now set to run through Sunday 7 June - the weekend before we start arranging the artwork for the 61st Midwestern on the theme "In Your Own Skin!" 

We've also started a digital guest book for the Rourke's 60th Anniversary. Leave your anniversary wishes, here!

Explore what your neighborhood art gallery + museum has to offer and find your next artful adventure from the comfort of your home!

Artist of the Week : George Pfeifer

This week, we feature painter, watercolorist, and printmaker George Pfeifer. 

Above, top - George works on a watercolor during an excursion to Itasca which was part of the 36th Midwestern [detail from photo by T. Hunter Strand]. Above, bottom (left to right) - "Nevada," silkscreen print, 1967; "Itasca Backwoods," watercolor miniature, 2020

Below - "Late September," oil on canvas, 2018

George Pfeifer was born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1947. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Sharon. He’s been making paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints for five decades. When not in the studio, George works in residential remodeling as a designer and project manager and has also restored his own 1883 home in the historic district of St. Paul.

Pfeifer’s first solo exhibition was at Rourke Gallery in 1966. Since then, he’s presented forty-four solo exhibitions at the Rourke and its former affiliate, the Plains Art Museum. His other solo exhibition venues have included: The Fargo Gallery; M State, Fergus Falls; Jamestown Art Center; Second Crossing Gallery in Valley City; North Dakota State University; Bismarck Art and Galleries Association; Suzanne Kohn Gallery in Minneapolis; Mikkelson Gallery in Washington, DC; Ecce Gallery in Fargo.

Pfeifer's artwork is included in numerous collections including: The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum; Plains Art Museum; Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, SD; North Dakota State University; University of North Dakota; American Crystal Sugar; Honeywell; 3M; The Roger Maris Cancer Center; Microsoft Small Business; Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota; Strong Funds in Menominee, WI; Minnesota Mutual Life; The University of Minnesota Hospital System; and private collections nationwide.

Staff Picks from the Collections

New Feature!

Above: Jack Youngquist (1918 - 1993), "Russell Square W.C.1," mixed media drawing, 1968 [From the Permanent Collections of the RAGM]

Cameron Peterson, Exhibition Coordinator and Facility Manager at The Rourke, has selected Jack Youngquist's mixed media drawing "Russell Square W.C.1" as his first Staff Pick.

Cameron explains:

I chose the piece “Russell Square, W.C.1” because it tells a story of travel without being blatantly obvious about it. I enjoy the way that Jack Youngquist adapted his line quality to match the collage elements and the playful gesture figures you see throughout the drawing.

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