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FM Arts

  • Hosted by Bill Thomas

FM Arts is a special radio series of profiles, performances, and discussions with artists in the Fargo-Moorhead area. This series is funded by The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Brad Kahlhamer

Adopted kids can feel like they're at a crossroads, especially when their birth and adopted parents have different cultural, religious, or racial backgrounds. Artist Brad Kahlhamer's birth parents are native. His adopted parents aren't. He explores this in his show, A Nation of One, currently on display at the Plains Art Museum. 

Arts Access for All

Nov 15, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019 – A common frustration among people with disabilities is that other people can't seem to see beyond the disability. An upcoming exhibition, Artist First, aims to challenge such perceptions and raise awareness about accessibility at museums. Sherry Shirek founded Arts Access for All after losing her vision to diabetes. Her husband Jesse, with low vision since birth, is an artist. They're looking for submissions from artists with disabilities. The deadline is Nov 18.

Scott Prebys interviews Monte Grise, director of the Lake Agassiz Concert Band.

Linda Boyd on Leaving the Fargo Moorhead Symphony

Oct 31, 2019
Fargo Moorhead Symphony

Linda Boyd talks about symphonies in the modern world, changing audiences, the special appeal of live performance, how deciding on pieces for the Symphony is like being in a cover band, and more, on the occasion of her retirement as Executive Director of the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.  More at

Jo Verdis: Working with Alcohol Inks

Oct 18, 2019
Jo Verdis

When Jo Verdis found herself unable to work in her field of music, due to brain injury, she turned to paining.  She found alcohol inks -- which are just starting to show up in the fine arts repertoire -- and they really worked for her.  Not only does she like how they look, the process of working with them turned out to be especially suited to recovering from her injury, and regaining music.

Jo Verdis: Art Heals an Injured Brain

Oct 18, 2019
Jo Verdis

Artist Jo Verdis talks about how brain injury kept her from music, so she switched to visual art, and found music coming back.  She also talks about home traditions in her family that, while not labeled "art' were in fact artful.  "My painting doesn't come from a void".

Jo Verdis' "Flow" Painting and Music

Oct 18, 2019
Jo Verdis

Jo Verdis' art exhibit, "Flow'. is at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway in downtown Fargo, through December 7, 2019.

Ashley Kunz in the Studio Crawl

Oct 4, 2019
Ashley Kunz

Ashley Kunz is a self-taught artist who is making abstract works in acrylic and alcohol ink.  For the FMVA Studio Crawl she is setting up a large canvas for visitors to add paint to over the two days (October 5th and 6th, 2019).  And of course, she has plenty of her own work to look at, and maybe buy.

Roberts Street Studio - Studio Crawl

Oct 4, 2019
Roberts Street Studio

The weekend of October 5th and 6th, 2019 is the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl, and one of the studios you can visit is the Roberts Street Studio.  It is unusual (though not unique) in the Crawl in having multiple artists (6) practicing different types of art.  James Wolberg talks about what you can expect to see and what is like working in a group arts environment.

Steve Revland Studio Crawl Preview

Oct 3, 2019
Steve Revland

The Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl is October 5th qand 6th, 2019.  Steve Revland has made furniture that is also art for his entire adult life, and has 35 new pieces he has been working on for this event.  In this interview he talks about the nature of his pieces and working as an artist.