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Art Gallery Exhibits

Gallery hours: 
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Gannon Gallery

Dedicated in 1981 to the memory of Clell and Ruth Gannon, the Gannon Gallery is a light filled space in BSC's new LEA Hall. Regional artists, student work and more rotates through this free public space throughout the year. 

About the Gannons

Clell Gannon was a naturalist, landscape painter, poet, editor-printer and historian. He was known for paintings of North Dakota scenes, including watercolor cover illustrations for Oscar Will Seed catalogs. He also wrote and illustrated the book, "How Christmas Came to North Dakota." Ruth was a long-time BSC Spanish and English teacher and poet. Both supported the arts and lived in a self-designed art house called "The Cairn."

2022 Exhibition Schedule

The Art of Writing 
Art by Molly McLain titled “Moon” is a mixed media art depicting three grain silos and the moon against the night sky. The grain rows consist of various magazine images of tractors and tractor tires.
Moon by Molly McLain

BisMan Writers Guild
Jan. 18-March 7
Reception:  Tuesday, Feb. 22
                  4-6 p.m.

This collaborative exhibit brings together writers and artists to create original pieces based on each others' already established pieces and is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.


Century High School Exhibit
CHS Student Artwork

March 14–April 7
Reception:  Tuesday, March 29
                 4-6 p.m.

This exhibit will feature works from Century High School Students. 


Juried Visual Art Student Exhibition
BSC Student Artwork

BSC Visual Art Students
Guest Juror:  TBD
April 19–May 6
Reception:  Thursday, May 5
                  4-6 p.m.

The gallery will feature the Juried Visual Art Student Exhibition with pieces from BSC visual art students.

Elsa Forde Gallery

Elsa Forde Gallery in Schafer Hall was dedicated in 1958 to the memory of Elsa Forde, charter organizer and board member of the Bismarck-Mandan Art Association and chair of its annual art show. The art association helped establish both galleries at BSC.