After moving from his family's North Dakota farm near the Canadian border, Jim O'Rourke attended Concordia College. His years there, particularly working with Cy Running, were influential. A stint in the Army introduced him to European art galleries, and he returned a changed man. In 1960 he was hired by Concordia professor Barbara Glasrud to hang the first Red River Annual Show, an annual exhibition that has since become The Rourke's Midwestern Invitational.
This 1990 woodcut, "The Homeplace," shows the family farm in Cavalier County. The photo shows Jim and one of his beloved gallery cats.
See more at the Hjemkomst Center in "Red River Masters."