The Capital Gallery, Bismarck, N. Dak., announced today that it is beginning its search for a new executive director. David Borlaug, who has served in this position since the gallery opened, will be stepping down at the end of October.
“David has been instrumental in the success of The Capital Gallery,” says Jim Christianson, chair of The Capital Gallery Society “His deep knowledge of nonprofit management, ability to attract and retain the best artists in the region, and tireless work ethic have made the Gallery what it is today. We are grateful for his dedication, service, and commitment to a smooth transition. We are sad to see him go, but happy for him as he embarks on a new journey.”
Art has been a passion of the organization since 1995, when it was known as the Lewis & Clark Foundation. For more than 20 years, the Foundation operated the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center & Fort Mandan in Washburn, N.Dak., which are now part of the North Dakota State Historical Society. Borlaug served as the chair of that Foundation and then became its full-time president in 2000.
In 2016, the Foundation opened The Capital Gallery in downtown Bismarck, and now operates under that name. It continues to be a nonprofit, membership-supported organization with a mission of celebrating history, art and culture. Borlaug has served as director of the gallery since it opened in 2016. Marci Narum, who joined the gallery in 2020 and had recently served as co-director, resigned earlier in September to pursue new opportunities.
Since opening its doors, The Capital Gallery has worked with more than 50 artists, staged more than 30 fine art exhibitions and sold more than 1,000 pieces of art to collectors all over the country. It has helped to successfully launch the careers of emerging artists, while also magnifying awareness of established artists. A second gallery, The Capital Gallery West, debuted in Medora in 2019.
Borlaug says, “Marci and I are proud of the work we have done, bringing our sense of art and culture into not only the Bismarck and Medora communities, but throughout the region. The friends we have made are so dear to us, and we look forward to maintaining many connections. It is time for a new chapter for the gallery, and we wish the best for its future.”
The Capital Gallery has several exciting events coming up, including Inspired Evening, its annual elegant gala, steak and lobster dinner, and fine art auction. It will be held October 27 in the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence. As part of that event, several artists will be recognized as Capital Gallery Icons. Tickets are available at thecapitalgallery.com.