Current Exhibition January 8-30, 2020
Frank Sampson Retrospective
This traveling exhibition is part of the Rural Arts Initiative, a
program dedicated to touring exhibitions of original artwork
throughout North Dakota. The program is a part of the outreach
conducted through the North Dakota Museum of Art located in
Grand Forks, ND.
For forty years Frank Sampson—now ninety-two years old—
taught painting and printmaking at the University of Colorado in
Boulder. He returns for one month in summer and one month in
winter to the North Dakota family’s home in Edmore where he
continues to paint.
When asked about his paintings, Mr. Sampson says, In looking
for past experiences and antecedents that may have influenced
my work as an artist I think immediately of my childhood on a
farm near Edmore, North Dakota surrounded by pigs, chickens,
horses and cows as well as a story-telling mother who entertained
and rewarded her five sons with vivid adventure stories. These
wonderful tales were full of fantasy and frequently animals played
The member artist on display is photographer Johnathan Campbell.
As a teenager living on the family farm north of Bismarck he was introduced to the basics of photography, and darkroom printing by his mother, Marlys Ward. He carried that interest to the University of North Dakota where he earned a B.A. in Visual Art in 1995. After
graduation he worked as the fossil preparator at the North Dakota Heritage Center where he used his artistic skills to restore fossils such as the mosausaur skeleton displayed in the Geologic Times Gallery.
In 2014, after a 20 year hiatus, Johnathan picked up the camera again, and begun re-exploring the manipulation of light. His current primary area of expression is long exposure photography, with an emphasis on creative light painting.