Art Constraint Show

self portrait

9th Annual Art Constraint Show - Self Portrait

The Constraint Show challenges artists and encourages them to expand their thinking. Every year, the FMVA chooses a new topic. And for each theme, the artists produce work that fits their own interpretation of that theme.     

The 2018 Constraint Show - Self Portrait:  a portrait of oneself done by oneself

Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists is happy to announce that the 2018 Art Constraint Show theme will be “Self Portrait”. This exhibition will take place during the summer months at the restaurant Twist in downtown Fargo. Both 2D and 3D artist are welcome to participate. The theme this year invites artists to challenge themselves in what a self-portrait can be. Who are you? What represents you? How do you see yourself?  There is limited capacity for 3D pieces (up to 7) and sizes due to them being on wall mounted pedestals.

Exhibition Date:  June 1 - August 4
Tuesday-Saturday 3pm-12am, Sunday & Monday closed
Public Reception:
Monday, June 25, 6pm-9pm
Location: Twist, 220 North Broadway, Fargo
Entry Form Deadline: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Artwork drop off: Monday, May 28, 5pm-8pm & Tuesday, May 29, 3pm-7pm
Art Pickup:
Sunday, August 5, 2pm-6pm & Monday, August 6, 5pm-8pm

Previous Constraint Shows

2017 Constraint Show: Comstock House
Exhibit Dates:

2016 Constraint Show: Touchable
Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN
Exhibit Dates: July 1 through October 31, 2016Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm & Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

FMVA teamed up with the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County to bring visual artists a challenge like no other for the 7th annual Constraint Show - an art exhibit by visual artists meant for everyone, even those who are visually impaired. What would an exhibit like this look like? Maybe more like feel, hear, sound, or even taste like?  “Touchable:  Celebrate the Senses” will open alongside “A Child In A Strange Country” focusing on Helen Keller and the history of education for people who are blind or visually impaired.

2015 Constraint Show:  Antiquity

October 1-28, 2015 Drekker Brewing Company
Theme was "Antiquity," otherwise thought of as "The Great Age," which includes the great civilizations of antiquity in the ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages. Artists addressed culture, Greco, classical history, gods and goddesses, symmetry, artistic customs, techniques and many other areas in their creations.   The Show was at Drekker Brewing

2014 Constraint Show: Label

November 1, 2014 – January 5, 2015
Hjemkomst Center Lower Level Gallery,
202 1st Avenue North Moorhead, MN

2013 Constraint Show:  X 
October 4-31 NDSU Renaissance Gallery,
650 NP Avenue, Fargo, ND 

The FMVA celebrated its tenth year as a voice for the visual arts in the Fargo Moorhead community with "X" as the Constraint Show theme: Commandments, age, sophomore, perfect, strike, metric system, fingers, decade, decathlon, Decagon, neon atomic number, 10 yards, Fran Tarkenton, tetractys, dime, John Taylor, Highway 10, Pope Leo X, 10-day forecast, Pearl Jam Ten, top ten, one/tenth, Bill of Rights, rank, tic tac toe, x-chromosome, multiplication, xray, dimensions 10 x 10”, and more…  

2012 Constraint Show: Political Animal "Political Animal" explored the concept of politics and animals in an election year.    

2011 Constraint Show: It's All in the Game "It's All in the Game" explored the concept of games: pawns, rules, strategies, and the players behind them.      

2010 Constraint Show: Play with Proportion "Play with Proportion" stretched ones’ perceptions of proportion, scale, and size relationships.