The Lillian & Coleman Taube Museum of Art, formerly known as the Minot Art Gallery is a public non-profit membership driven organization. The Minot Art Association, which was the founding organization, opened the Minot Art Gallery in 1970 by a group of patrons with the intent of creating an art gallery.
In 2006 the Minot Art Association formally changed their name to the Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art. The Minot Art Gallery was initially located in the Linha home on Hwy 83 North. It then moved to the Ward County Historical Society building located on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds east of Minot. In 1978 the Minot Art Gallery was relocated to another Ward County Historical Society building, the J.E. Harmon House, also located on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.
In 1997 the organization achieved their goal of securing a permanent location and the Minot Art Gallery moved to the historically renovated Union National Bank building located at 2 North Main.
The Lillian & Coleman Taube Museum of Art encourages affiliation with various community arts groups, such as the Minot Area Council of the Arts, the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, and the Mouse River Players, to strengthen the arts in our region. We provide opportunities for the community to learn about all forms of the visual arts through our varied exhibits.
The Lillian and Coleman Taube Museum of Art is open to the public 12 months of the year, five days a week.
Museum Staff and Board of Directors:
|Nancy F. Walter - Executive Director: Nancy is originally from Stanley, North Dakota but moved to Minot in early 2004. She has been involved in the arts in some manner for over 30 years. She received a certification in Design and Production Art from the Phoenix Institute of Technology in 1985. She was employed as a graphic designer in Arizona before moving back to North Dakota to attend Minot State University. Since receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree concentrating in Graphic Design and a Minor in Business Administration in 2001, she has been employed as the Executive Director at the Taube Museum of Art in Minot, ND. She is a Member at Large for the Minot Downtown and Business Professional Association, Treasurer for the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, serves on the Great Tomato Festival Committee, and is a member of the Grant Writers Round Table. She also creates stained glass, unique jewelry, and paints. She has two children, Cole and Alaina, with Jeffrey Brown.|
|Wendy Kimble - Gallery Manager: Wendy was raised in Minot, ND and attended Minot State University. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Minor in Creative Theater. She has been working as a graphic designer for the past eleven years. She has been involved in volunteering and teaching at the Taube Museum of Art since 1997. She also opened her own business in 2011, A Little Sugar and Spice Photography. She is married to recently retired MSgt., Richard Kimble and they have two children, Britton, 22 and Jazzmon, 16.|
|Margaret Lee - Education Coordinator: Margaret Lee resides in Minot, North Dakota and has an Early Childhood degree and Art Minor from Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts. She has been involved with the Taube Museum of Art for many years and has been the Education Coordinator at the Taube Museum of Art since 1984. She also teaches at Escuela Preschool. Her current love is working with unique yarns, ribbons, and textured fibers to knit “art” scarves, hats, purses and shawls. As a young child, Margaret learned to knit from her mother, Judy Smith. Her work is available in the Taube Museum Gift Shop and at various art functions in Minot throughout the year.|
|Jim Hochhalter - President: Jim Hochhalter graduated from Minot State University in 1970 with a B.S. degree in art education. During his college years he helped form the Minot Art Association, which started the Linha Gallery. From 1970-73 he taught art at Memorial Junior High, and then from 1973-75 taught at Magic City Campus, at which point he left teaching for about nine years for food and beverage management. In 1983 he returned to teaching in Surrey, ND and retired in 2010. From 1970 to the present, he has served on the Taube Museum of Art board of directors three times.|
|Laura Mihalick - Vice President: Laura Mihalick serves on the Minot Public School Board, Souris Valley United Way Board, MPS Foundation Board, the Great Tomato Festival Committee, and is Co-Chair for the Hostfest Import Shop. She is also a member of Power of the Purse, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Minot Art Club, and First Lutheran Church. She is married to Timothy, and has two children, Elijah, 25, Nora, 20.|
|Dianne Meneses - Treasurer:
Dianne Meneses is originally from Towner, ND, but spent many years
in California working in the hotel management business. In the 90’s
she moved back to North Dakota. She worked as a Gallery Assistant
for the Taube Museum of Art in 2008 and 2009 while completing her
degree at Minot State University. She graduated in May 2010 with a
B.S. in History, at which time she joined the board of directors.
|Tonya Stuart - Secretary:
Tonya Stuart is originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan and
has been living in Minot since 2005. She has completed a B.F.A.
concentrating in graphic design and a B.S.E. in art education, as
well as a business management and marketing minor from Minot State
University. She is currently employed at Northern Sentry, which is
the Air Force Base newspaper. She designs, sells, and manages the
office. She teaches children’s art classes during Summer Artventures
at the Taube Museum of Art. She also has an art studio at 62 Doors,
where she operates a design company called tweetheart designs.
|Kristen Wolsky - Board Member:
Kirsten Wolsky is from Minot, ND and is married to Dr. Chad Wolsky.
They have two children, Jack and Jordn.
|Dr. Andrea Donovan,
Ph.D. - Board Member: Dr. Andrea Donovan received her PhD
from Western Michigan University and has lectured on nineteenth and
twentieth century European history, art, and architectural history
for Western Michigan University, the Maricopa Community College
system, and Northern Arizona University and has presented papers for
historical societies in the United States and in England. She is
currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Humanities at Minot
State University in North Dakota. Her book William Morris and the
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was published in
December of 2007.
|Dr. Stephanie Ritter,
DDS - Board Member: Stephanie was raised on a farm
southwest of Sherwood, North Dakota. After graduation from Sherwood
High School, she attended St. Olaf College graduating with a degree
in Biology. She continued her education at the University Of Iowa
College Of Dentistry and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery
(DDS) degree in 2006. Dr. Ritter owns Ritter Family Dentistry in
Minot. She and her husband, Lance, reside in Minot with their two
yellow labs, Cooper and Chloe. They enjoy spending time outdoors,
running and biking.
|Deb Conlin - Board Member:
Deb Conlin is from Williston and has lived in Minot for
almost 3 years. She started painting as a past time in 1998, and has
loved painting and art since then. She started volunteering at the
Taube in the fall of 2010 and joined the board of directors in April
2011. Deb has been married to her husband Dan for 26 years and they
have two daughters. Taylor 21, is attending art school in Maui,
Hawaii, and Haley 19, lives in Minot and works for the Roosevelt
|Joan Hanson - Board Member:
Joan Hansen has taught art for 34 years in Montana, California, and
North Dakota. She has a B.S. degree in Art Education, K-12, and
Elementary Education. She is nationally certified in Art Education,
and is currently the only art teacher in North Dakota, which holds
that license. She recently acquired her Master’s in Education with a
concentration in Art. She is currently employed at Central Campus
High School, where she teaches Ceramics & Sculpture and Hand Built