Constraint Art Exhibition

2022 Constraint Art Exhibition-: Encounters/Spirituality with Nature as a Theme
Plains Art Museum of Fargo ND
Exhibit Dates: September 24, 2022 – January 14, 2023

The Plains Art Museum of Fargo ND will host the 2022-23 FMVA Constraint Show. This year’s theme is, “encounters/spirituality with nature as a theme.” This theme will parallel with the Plains Art Museum’s Hazel Belvo exhibition, which will feature strong themes of nature and the artist’s personal connections with specific places, like a tree with a vaguely human form that had grown on a rocky cliffside on the shore of Lake Superior. In it she saw power; and this led to a series of paintings and drawings in different seasons.

For the Constraint exhibition we’re looking for similar encounters, power in nature, and moments in the outdoors that have brought about a life changing realization, or a moment of reckoning.

The deadline for your online submission form will be Saturday, August 20, 2022.  You will receive an email confirmation of your online submission.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please submit again.  Width of artwork should not exceed 40″.  Artwork should be dropped off at The Plains Art Museum between September 1 and September 17th.  No entries will be accepted after September 17th. The show will open on Saturday, September 24th , 2022 and will show through Saturday, January 14, 2023. At the end of the showing the Pickup deadline is February 28th , 2023.


Previous Constraint Shows

2019 Constraint Art Show-: Monsters, Marvels and Memorabilia
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
Exhibit Dates: November 22, 2019 – March 8, 2020

This exhibit was a local response to “America’s Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains,” an exhibit by SuperMonsterCity also on display at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.  Visitors were immersed in a world of superpowers, terrifying monsters, and villainous intent. What happens when good and evil collide? What could be lurking in the dark?

HCSCC America’s Monsters, Superheroes, & Villains Exhibit

HCSCC_Monsters, Marvels, and Memorabilia_Proof 1_September 3 2019

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.