The Public Arts Commission has named Vickie Arndt as gallery director for the PAC’s three art galleries in Grand Forks.

Arndt will manage the PAC galleries at the Altru Professional Center and the Alerus Center, where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art. Last year, the PAC installed The Art of Healing exhibit in the Altru Professional Center and the Art and Artists Among Us exhibit at the Alerus Center.

Both of these exhibit spaces are high-traffic areas, where thousands of visitors view art each year, said Barry Wilfahrt, chairman of the PAC board.

Arndt will also manage The Mayor’s Art Gallery at city hall in downtown Grand Forks. The gallery profiles a regional artist each quarter.

New exhibits will be going up at all three galleries in the next month, said Wilfahrt, noting that the PAC board sees Arndt’s role as helping to “develop a dynamic marketplace for regional artists and art collectors.”

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Based on her professional experience, Arndt “knows art exhibits from both sides -- the artist’s side as well as the gallery side, working with consignments, sales, and inventory,” he said. “PAC is delighted to find someone with this extensive experience to grow public art in Greater Grand Forks.”

Arndt, who grew up in Grand Forks, has spent more than 20 years in New York City and worked to install and coordinate art exhibits at galleries and studios, and for art organizations, Wilfahrt said in a news release.

She earned fine arts degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. At SUNY, she studied with the support of a full scholarship and teaching assistantships.

Arndt, a 1976 graduate of Central High School, works in a wax medium and collage, in a style she describes as surrealism or abstraction.

“I am excited to build upon the remarkable foundation established by PAC over the last few years,” she said. “I look forward to building momentum to engage artists, collectors and the public in my new role.

“With the support of artists, collectors, benefactors, and community stakeholders, we have an opportunity to make Greater Grand Forks a leading public art community, enhancing quality of life.”

Artists and collectors may reach her by email at .

The mission of the nonprofit PAC organization is to create a more vibrant cultural and artistic life for residents and visitors, Wilfahrt said. In September, PAC leaders dedicated the “Northern Rose” sculpture, by Zoran Mojsilov, on 42nd Street South near the Canad Inn, and are coordinating several other new public art projects, including murals and sculptures, planned for 42nd Street and downtown Grand Forks.

The PAC board members, in addition to Wilfahrt, are Mike Kuntz, past chairman, Bruce Gjovig, vice chairman, Janice Hoffarth, treasurer, Bryan Hoime, secretary, and trustees North Dakota State Senator Curt Kreun, Sally Miskavige, Ann Brown, Bill Palmiscno and Dean Opp.