The Cyrus M. Running Gallery begins in the skyway that connects the Olin Art and Communications Center with the second floor of the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre building.

Mixtape: Landscape

Tuesday, Aug. 29-Tuesday, Oct. 3

Jonathan Johnson is a photographer and filmmaker whose work explores ideas about place, identity, and nature. Autobiography plays a role in Johnson’s work as he often references his mixed-race background, travel, and backcountry exploration. Johnson collaborates with composers, writers, poets, designers, and fellow artists in his artwork which takes the form of photographic prints, books, films, videos, and teaching projects. He has received awards and grants from Duke University, The Society for Photographic Education, CINECAFEST, The National Endowment for the Humanities, Puffin West Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Ann Arbor Film Festival. His work has been shown at film festivals and galleries in more than 30 countries including, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Modern Art Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Galleria Sment, Braga, Portugal; Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa; Sofia Arsenal Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Center for Contemporary Culture Barcelona; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Union Docs, Brooklyn; Winnipeg Underground Film Festival; and the EXiS Film Festival. Previously, Johnson was a competitive ski racer and held positions in the music industry and public affairs.

 Mixtape: Landscape is a new survey featuring various types of photography, including darkroom experiments, video, and large-scale color prints that focus on landscape, place, and autobiography. Much of the work was created during artist residencies in Thailand, Scotland, and Sweden.

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.



Tuesday, Oct. 10-Monday, Nov. 20 

Native American artist Anna Johnson seeks to bridge the gap between the world she lives in and the culture she comes from. When she feels or experiences discrimination, she is moved to make a difference through her work; she addresses topics like religion and spirituality and the social injustices that Native Americans, women, LGBTQ+ people everywhere face. Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Johnson is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She received her BFA in printmaking and drawing from NDSU and has been creating art here in Fargo and across the state since graduation.

Johnson connects with the community through artist-in-residence programs at the Plains Art Museum and West Acres Mall. She participates in the annual Native American Arts and Crafts Festival at the Plains and has recently started contributing to public art projects such as the Greetings from Fargo Mural Downtown. She serves as the head of the board of The Human Family, and is on the board of The Arts Partnership. She recently ran for a seat on the City Commission of Fargo and will continue to serve the community.

Johnson's current exhibit, "Evolution," utilizes natural materials and animal stencils in monotype prints. She wishes to show the respect that indigenous people hold for sacred medicines. Sage, sweet grass, and cedar are often paired with images of important animals such as buffalo, rabbits, and horses. She also utilizes collages which include maps of North Dakota and her reservation in the Turtle Mountains and floral beadwork that combine Cree/Ojibwe designs.

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.

High School Art Show

Wednesday, Dec. 6-Tuesday, Jan. 16

This juried art exhibition showcases the diversity and creativity of student designers and artists from North Dakota and Minnesota high schools.

This year’s juror, Cameron Peterson, was born April 21, 1977, in Langdon, North Dakota. He obtained a BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a concentration in printmaking. His work has been exhibited at Upfront Gallery (2008), Rourke Art Gallery Museum (2007, 2011, 2017, and 2023), Spirit Room (2006), St. Paul Gallery (2016), and Creative Arts Studio (2005). He participated in 100 Abstract at MSUM (2010). Membership Editions he has printed are Smoky Hill River Festival (2006) and The Rourke Art Gallery Museum (2002-2011). Peterson currently works at The Rourke Art Gallery & Museum. He lives in Moorhead with his fiancée, Annette "Nettie" DuBord. Peterson and DuBoard create their works in their basement studio and enjoy their new home.

Public Reception: 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16
Juror Remarks: 5:30 p.m.


Faculty Art Exhibition

Tuesday, Jan. 23-Sunday, Feb. 18

This annual exhibition features the recent work of Concordia Art Faculty: Ross Hilgers, Jess Matson-Fluto, Chris Mortenson, Dr. Danielle Gravon, and Dwight Mickelson. Faculty members work in a variety of media including clay, oil, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.


Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Tuesday, March 19-Monday, April 8

This juried art exhibition showcases the diversity and creativity of Concordia College’s student artists. 

This year’s juror, Troy Becker, was born and raised in New York Mills, Minnesota. His affinity for drawing and comics brought him to Concordia where he earned a B.A. in art and communications. After a few stints in Minneapolis, Connecticut, and Wisconsin he returned to the F-M area where he now lives with his lovely wife and three busy children. He is currently an illustrator and graphic artist for The Forum. He has taught at MSUM as an adjunct professor, and he produces work on commissions. In his home studio, he enjoys creating screenprints. His work is exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the region. You can also see his work at

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19
Awards Presentation: 4:30 p.m.


Senior Art Exhibition

Wednesday, April 17-Sunday, May 5

This exhibition features the art and design of seniors graduating in May 2024 with an art, art education, or art history major.

Awards Announcement: During the Celebration of Student Scholarship event on Wednesday, April 17 (details TBA)
Public Reception: 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4

Special Saturday Hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4
Special Sunday Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 5


Christian E. Mortenson

Associate Professor, Photography; Director, Cyrus M. Running Gallery Art, Multimedia Journalism