North Dakota Museum of Art

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Constructed in 1907 as the original campus gymnasium for the University of North Dakota, the North Dakota Museum of Art and JLG reimagined its space to become the State’s official art museum. The historic museum has seen the widest variety of artistic expression, including a complete remodel (also by JLG, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s interpretive team) to temporarily house a traveling Lewis & Clark exhibit. JLG worked with engineers to create a tightly-controlled, low-light, mechanically-robust space within to properly exhibit the Smithsonian’s “Lewis & Clark: Rivers, Edens, and Empires” traveling exhibition without causing damage to the materials.

Awards & Certifications

  • 1990 – AIA North Dakota: Design Award

Completion Date


"The adaptive reuse of this former gymnasium has created a contemporary art gallery which is the best space in Grand Forks."
– Mike Maidenberg, Former Publisher, Grand Forks Herald