Current Exhibition   September 3-26, 2020

Walter Piehl, Jr., known for his vibrant, expressionistic Western themed paintings, captures the energy of a rodeo, especially of the horse and rider.  Piehl, a rodeo participant himself, applies his painting in an Abstract Expressionist style. His drawing on the surface of the painting suggests the motion and  action of horse and rider. His work proudly portrays North Dakota’s artistic and cultural heritage.

This Retrospective is a touring exhibit through the North Dakota Art Gallery Association.  BAGA  is showing 24 pieces from the collection .   Another part of the touring exhibit is being shown in the Gannon Gallery at Bismarck State College.  The exhibit is organized to highlight Piehl’s many suites, especially the Sweetheart of the Rodeo series.  The work shown at BAGA extends from 1962 during his time at Concordia College and continues through his graduate work at UND and University of Minnesota to 2018 and retirement from MSU.   The exhibit will tour MT & SD in 2021-22 and there is also interest from MN & CO galleries.  The collection was donated to MSU which had dedicated a major gallery in his name.

Walter Piehl virtual tour

Member Artist this month is Marcy Dronen from Fargo.  She is a lifetime resident of North Dakota and grew up between Finley and Sharon in Steele County.  Marcy studied art and music at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Later, she earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Minnesota State University Moorhead.


Marcy recently retired from teaching art and music in the   Fargo Public Schools.  For the last twelve years, she taught art in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Currently, Marcy is part owner of Gallery4, a cooperative gallery in Fargo, ND.  She is secretary of F-M Visual Artists will be in the FMVA Studio Crawl in October 2020.  In addition to art making, Marcy enjoys playing her French horn in the Lake Agassiz Concert Band and the FM Brass Quintet.  She also has managed to completely spoil her 17 year old cats, Maxwell and Snowy.


Marcy's website:

Marcy Dronen virtual  tour

Kirk Maize Video Tour

  • Facebook Clean

422 East Front Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58504

Phone: (701) 223-5986 | Fax: (701) 223-8960

© 2017 Bismarck Art & Galleries Association

Layout by Design aRae, template by