Art Exhibit: “UFF DA”

Uff Da: The Folk Arts of Emily Lund
Exhibits: September 8 – October 20, 2023
Guest lecture by Suzzanne Kelly*, October 3 at 7:00 pm
Sponsored by North Dakota Museum of Art Rural Arts Program

Emily Wilhelmina Dufke Lunde was born in northern Minnesota and, as she says, “with a handle like that you had to have a sense of humor.” Laurel Reuter, Director of the Museum says of this ND folk artist: “Were the people of ND to name their living treasures, Emily Lunde would certainly be among them. She is one of the state’s eminent folk artists and unofficial cultural historians.” As both artist and author, Mrs. Lunde has recorded the life of Scandinavian immigrants settling the prairies and small towns of the Red River Valley during the early 20th century. Lunde did not begin to paint until the 1950s and always painted from memory. Her oils are widely collected. Dr. Robert Bishop, late Director of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City, personally gave over 40 of her paintings to the Art in Embassies program for loan around the world.

“I amaze myself when I think about what I was doing at the time. I was between five and ten years old when I perceived these things that went into my paintings. I was analyzing the adults. I guess you can’t fool children as much as you want to.” ~Emily Lunde

*Suzzanne Kelly: Is the Associate Professor of Practice, is editor in chief of NDSU Press and director of the Certificate in Publishing program. She is the immediate past president of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, and she serves on the editorial boards of ND Quarterly and Middle West Review. Dr. Kelly has a keen interest in childhood development, art, rural and agricultural history, and memory.

Rural Arts Initiative: The North Dakota Museum of Art is the State’s official art museum. As it is located in Grand Forks, it can be difficult for schools to plan day trips to the Museum. Due to the great distances some schools face, the Museum started touring exhibitions to towns throughout ND through its Rural Arts Initiative Program, which started in 2003. Since then, exhibitions have been installed in all corners of ND. The Museum’s Education Department delivers, installs, and de-installs the exhibitions free-of-charge to ND communities. A Primary goal of the Museum’s Rural Arts Initiative Program is to provide ND schools with quality arts education opportunities. They assist schools with out-of-pocket expenses, and provide lesson plans and activities available for free download on the Museum’s website. For booking information, please contact MJ Haji-Sheikh at 701-777-3599 or For more information visit:

(Pictured: School Dance, Emily Lunde, Oil on Canvas — Part of the North Dakota Museum of Art permanent collection)

More Info:

Event Start Date: 09/12/2023 Event End Date: 10/20/2023

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Info

Angela Martini

Location Details

Location Name:
The Arts Center

Location Address:
115 2ND ST SW
Jamestown, ND58401

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