The James Memorial Art Center

The James Memorial Art Center

621 1st Ave W. P.O. Box 1714 Williston, ND 58802-1714

Phone: 701-774-3601


Monday - Thursday -- 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday & Sunday -- 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday -- CLOSED

“ Homecoming; A Collaborative Exhibit”

Exhibition of  Original Oil Paintings and Prints


Joel Soiseth & Nancy Leier

 July 8th-31st
Daddy 97-1 (3)

new screen print (3)

The collaborative exhibition of the art work of Joel Soiseth & Nancy Leier features a variety of oil paintings, prints and creative portraiture.  Soiseth who was born and raised in Williston, is a graduate of the University of North Dakota Grand Forks, and a full professor of Art and Graphic Design at Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana.  Soiseth spends as much time in the studio as his teaching schedule allows.  He devotes most of his efforts to oil painting, presenting combinations and scenarios of whimsy, mystery and implied narrative.  He often incorporates the human form into his paintings.


Nancy Leier is an artist and public school art instructor from Fargo, North Dakota.  She lived in Williston from 1980-1995.  Leier taught art at Williston High School for five years. Most of Leier’s exhibition works were created during an annual summer workshop at NDSU which promotes printmaking, education and innovation. Her subject matter varies from metaphorical imagery and portraiture to narrative content relating to teaching and communication.  Leier met Soiseth in a painting class at the UND and they have remained friends for well over 30 years.  The opportunity to have a collaborative exhibit and connect again with the Williston community will truly be a homecoming for both artists.