History of FMVA


Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists was established in 2003, when several local artists and art supporters gathered together to form the nonprofit.  Robert Kurkowski penned the bylaws for FMVA, and a year later became the first president of FMVA.  FMVA took on the task of creating a community art event – the Studio Crawl.  FMVA’s first Studio Crawl was 2004 with 24 studios opening their doors to the community.  Growing every year, the Studio Crawl has become a regional art event under FMVA Studio Crawl Director Jon Offutt.  More information – Exhibition tab – Studio Crawl

FMVA is run by dedicated volunteers.  The board of directors has an executive committee (president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary) and the board is composed of 9 to 12 volunteer board members.  On the third Saturday of October every year, FMVA hosts its annual member meeting to review the previous year and share the vision and goals for the next year.  The FMVA board meets every month and the directors lead 5 committees composed of volunteers:  Communication, Education, Professional Practices, Programming and Membership.   The volunteers are a major part of  operations, and are the key to the growth and future of FMVA.

Every year, FMVA continues to grow as it embeds art events and exhibitions.  In 2006, the Big Art Exhibition became a permanent exhibition hosted by The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN.  For the last several years, over 60+ FMVA members have showcased their art.  In 2007, the Little Art Exhibition was established, and hosts about 30 FMVA members work in the atrium at Essentia Health in south Fargo, ND.  After the 2010 annual meeting, a small group of members met and initiated the idea of an exhibition with a theme (constraint), and FMVA established the Constraint Art Exhibition.   In 2011, “Play with Proportion” Constraint Exhibition was held at Spirit Room.  In the following years,  “It’s all in the Game”, “Political Animal”, “Time Warp”, “X”, “Antiquity”, “Label” and other constraints have been explored by our members.  Another permanent exhibition is the Art Educators’ Exhibition, which was first held in 2013 to showcase local and region art instructors. The Constraint Art Exhibition and Art Educators’ Exhibition alternate years and are held at various locations.  More information – Exhibition tab

Along with exhibitions, FMVA hosts many events for our members and the FM community.  FMVA programming and education committees alternate FMVA events and continue to implement new events.  Some of the alternating events are:  The Art Burn, Critiques, Draw Ins, Meet & Greets, Visual Talks, and Visiting Artists Studios.