City Hall Art Exhibit
The City Hall Art Exhibit is a program of the City of Fargo’s Arts & Culture Commission. The Commission, established in 2015, explores and promotes the intersection between art, creative place making and community, as well as the role and installation of public art. Since 2016, the Commission has supported the curation of visual art exhibits installed in the hallway between the City Commission Chambers and the City Commission Offices.
The art exhibit at Fargo City Hall is located in the hallway between the City Commission Chambers and the City Commission Offices and within the City Commission Offices.
After relocating to North Dakota in 2011, fine art photographer Char-Marie Flood embarked on a several-year visual exploration of the state she now calls home. The photographs included in the Dakotaland series are the stunning result, now on exhibit at City Hall.
Dakotaland focuses on how we can see the history of North Dakota in the land, from the pre-history captured in the rock formations of the Badlands to the spirit and courage of the first pioneers, as witnessed in the remnants of early homesteads. The themes Flood explores resonate soundly. Fargo is, after all, the eastern-most gateway to a state full of history and natural beauty. North Dakotans are rightly proud of this state’s often stark, sometimes desolate countryside – and perhaps more so of the courage and determination of our ancestors who withstood harsh conditions to build lives for themselves and future generations.
City Commission Offices
Working in both color and black and white, Brad Swenson creates stunning images. He is fascinated with capturing small moments in nature, but he is not a “nature photographer” per se. Certainly, he seeks his inspiration from nature. However, he minimizes the object (the flower, the insect, a tree trunk) and focuses instead on the lines, shapes, textures and colors within the object. Through this abstraction, he delivers something more pronounced, more profound, than the original object or scene itself.
About the Artist
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