BIO

Pirjo Berg was born in Helsinki, Finland. In 2000, she received her BFA from the School of Art and Media, Tampere, Finland. The same year she established her studio practice in Seattle, WA. In 2005 she graduated from the Artists Trust EDGE-Program. She now lives in Grand Forks, ND.

Berg career highlights include solo exhibitions: Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, WA; Third Street Gallery, Grand Forks, ND; Gallery 63Eleven, Seattle, WA; Gallery Jangva, Helsinki, Finland; Mercer Gallery, Rochester, NY; and a 3 person show at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA. Juried shows include: Main Street Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY; Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Paint Local, North Dakota Museum of Art; Art on the Plains XI, Plains Art Museum, and many more. She has been invited to be part of the Midwestern Fine Art Show, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN.

Notable residencies include: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; North Dakota Museum Of Art/Rural Arts Initiative, McCanna House, Grand Forks, ND; Willapa Bay AIR, Oysterville, WA; Tampere Artists Association, Berlin, Germany; The Finnish Artist’s Studio Foundation, Marbella, Spain; and Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland. Grants include CARES Act Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, and Professional Development Grant, North Dakota Council on Arts; and a Travel Grant, from the Artists’ Association of Finland.

Berg has been in the curatorial teams of the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA; UpFront Gallery, Issaquah, WA; and Willapa Bay AiR, WA. 2021 she was a judge at Pekin Day Art Show, Pekin,ND.

RESUME

EDUCATION

2000     BFA in painting, School of Art and Media, Tampere, Finland

1991     MA in regional planning, University of Tampere, Finland 

2005     EDGE – Program, Artist Trust, Seattle, Washington

2011     to present Member of the Muddy Waters Clay Canter, Grand Forks, ND

GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2020

2018

2015

- Grant: NDCA CARES Act Fund, North Dakota Council on the Arts, ND

  - Individual Artist Fellowship Grant: North Dakota Council on the Art, ND

- Residency: Mänttä, Finland, Serlachius Museums and Mänttä Art Festival

- Travel Grant: Finnish Artists’ Association, Finland

- Residency: Marbella, Spain organized by The Finnish Artists' Studio  Foundation

2014

- Residency: Berlin, Germany organized by Tampere Artists’ Association, Finland

- Professional Development Grant: North Dakota Council on the Art                      - Residency: Willapa Bay AiR, Oysterville, Washington

2013

 - Residency: McCanna House, organized by North Dakota Museum of Art, ND

 - Residency: Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, Vermont

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2018       Mercer Gallery, Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York

2014      Third Street Gallery, Grand Forks, North Dakota

2010      Vanhan Raatihuoneen Galleria, Turku, Finland

2011      Third Street Gallery, Grand Forks, North Dakota

2007      Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington

2003      Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington

2002      Gallery Jangva, Helsinki, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2017-2021:

2021

- Magnitude Seven, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 

- On the Autobiographical Impulse, 62nd Midwestern Invitational, Rourke Art Museum + Gallery, Moorhead, MN

2020

- Small Works 2020, Main Street Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY. Juror: Tiffany Gaines, Curatorial and Digital Content Associate at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

- American All Media 2020, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, Minot, ND. Juror: Guillermo Guardia, Ceramic Artists, St. Paul, MN

- Magnitude Seven, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 

- In Your Own Skin, 61st Midwestern Invitational, Rourke Art Museum + Gallery, Moorhead, MN

2019

-University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

-Invitational, Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND

-Americas All Media 2019, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, Minot, ND. Juror: Sally Jeppson Gallery Manager at The Arts Center, Jamestown, ND

-Magnitude Seven, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

- Zeitgeist, the 60th Midwestern Invitational, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN

-One Shot, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2018

-Small Works 2018, Honourable Mention Award, Main Street Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY. Juror: Rick Pirozzolo, Executive Director and Curator at the ArnotArt Museum, Elmira, NY

-Magnitude Seven, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

-Land and Sea, Juror’s Choice Award, Main Street Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY Juror: Deirdre Aureden, Director of Programs and Special Projects, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY

-Camelot, 59th Midwestern Invitational, 3rd Place Award, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN

2017

- Small Works 2017, Main Street Galley, Clifton Springs, NY. Juror: Cory E, Card, the former Curator at View Arts Center in Old Forge, NY,

- Fresh Paint 2017, 3rd Biennial Painting Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

- Ecce- Gallery East, Park Rapids, Minnesota

- Magnitude Seven, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

- Red River Watercolor Society, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, Minnesota

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

-Artists in ND: Experiences with the COVID-19 Pandemic by Kaylee Danks. Interviews, University of North Dakota

- INPA 8, Manifest International Painting Annual, Manifest Press, 2018

- Land & Sea, A National juried exhibition of landscapes and seascapes, Exhibition Catalog, Main Street Arts, 2018

-North Dakota Museum of Art Auction Catalogue 2010-14, 2016-19

-Plains Art Museum Spring Gala Catalogue 2012-15, 2018-19

- Under The Dakota Sky, an Exhibition Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood Catalogue, 2014

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

- Jasper Hotel, Fargo, ND

- North Dakota Council on the Arts, Bismarck, North Dakota

- Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York

- Sunshine Hospitality Home, Altru Health System, Grand Forks, North Dakota

- University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota

- North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota

- Valley Medical Center, Renton, Washington

- Sacred Heart Medical Centre, Springfield, Oregon

- Max-Hotel, Seattle, Washington

- Labor Museum, Tampere, Finland

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