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.|
|Doug Pfliger - Gallery Manager:|
|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.|
|Laura Mihalick - 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.|
|Laura Hellmuth - Vice President: .|
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|Stacy Davis- Board Member:|
|Amanda Crawford - Board Member:
|Tonya Stuart - Board Member:
|Joan Hansen - Board Member:
|Carissa Opperude - Board Member:|
|Ex-Officio - 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.|