Signature art event connects the arts, Minot State and the community
In its fourth year, Minot State University NOTSTOCK will connect art of all kinds with the university and surrounding community. The unique live art and live music experience will be held from Oct. 6 to 9 in the Student Center Beaver Dam and throughout campus.
This year’s NOTSTOCK will feature a wider range of art and music experiences, including a nationally known spoken-word poet, a documentary filmmaker, rock poster artists and plenty of live, local and regional music groups.
"What we hope to accomplish with this year’s NOTSTOCK is to open the doors for all people to connect with today’s artists and today’s art," said Bill Harbort, professor of art at Minot State and NOTSTOCK co-organizer. "We feel like this year’s eclectic collection of artists and musicians will offer something for everyone."
Throughout the four days of events, NOTSTOCK guests will spend time in local high schools as well as in university courses on Minot State’s campus. The first public event is 7:30 p.m., on Oct. 6 in Aleshire Theater at Hartnett Hall, where the screening of "American Artifact" will be held. This documentary on the history of rock poster art was done by Merle Becker. Becker will be at Minot State for the screening, to answer questions, speak with the public and share her knowledge with broadcasting students.
Big Poppa E, a performer of slam poetry will perform live on Oct. 7 in Aleshire Theater. Big Poppa E’s performances mix poetry with stand-up comedy and a dramatic monologue while ranting on topics related to pop culture and relationships. He also plans to spend time in the community with high school students and collaborating with English students at Minot State.
The 2010 version of NOTSTOCK will also feature POTSTOCK, ceramics demonstrations and raku firing by MSU faculty and students. These will occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, in the Beaver Dam picnic commons.
One of the closing acts to the signature arts event, NOTSTOCK, will be guest musical artist Martin Dosh. Dosh will perform the evening of Oct. 8 in Aleshire Theater and conduct an Oct. 9 workshop for students and community musicians at 1 p.m. Dosh is a multi-instrumentalist based in Minneapolis. His background in drums, keyboards and marimba make him a unique musical artist in the Midwest.
A key and highly successful component of past NOTSTOCK events will continue again this year. Daily (Oct.7-9) do-it-yourself screen printing will happen from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. in the Beaver Dam. This part of NOTSTOCK allows students and the community to chose an art design and "pull" their own screen print. Participants are encouraged to bring their own T-shirt, hoodie, tote bag or other item to be printed. Poster artists Sonnenzimmer and The Little Friends of Printmaking will be a part of NOTSTOCK throughout the four days and will have their work on display in local galleries and for sale at the event.
For a complete list of times and events for NOTSTOCK, go online to www.msunotstock.org. All events and performances are free and open to the public.