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MSU NOTSTOCK: the campus-wide showcase of the arts is hands-on and all hands-in


NOTSTOCK is back, and once again it offers multiple hands-in, hands-on opportunities for guests to participate in the arts. Sept. 17-20, Minot State University’s annual live, signature arts festival, NOTSTOCK 2014, celebrates four days of printmaking, poetry, music, ceramics, theatre, foreign language and communication arts and features three special art exhibits. Most events take place on MSU’s campus.

“NOTSTOCK is my favorite week of the school year,” exclaimed ShaunAnne Tangney, English professor and WordStock co-organizer. “You can hear the hum of creativity all over campus — music, poetry, art, performance — it’s a blast for students and teachers alike!”

NOTSTOCK 2014 kicks off with two-time national poetry slam champion, Sierra DeMulder. She will visit MSU classrooms Sept. 17. Sept. 18-19, DeMulder will conduct workshops in the Conference Center and host a Poetry Slam in the Beaver Dam on Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. DeMulder will perform her work Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Aleshire Theater.

“Sierra DeMulder brings energy and passion to the written word,” said Nicole Thom-Arens, English instructor. “I am excited for students to have the opportunity to experience what Sierra does and learn from her in the classroom and during workshops.”

Artists Eric Nyffeler of Doe Eyed, Zeb Love and John Hitchcock, will screen print live in the Beaver Dam Sept. 18-20. Nyffeler will give a presentation of his work Sept. 18 at noon in Aleshire Theater. Love and Hitchcock will present at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively, Sept. 19 in Aleshire Theater. The work of Nyffeler, Love and Hitchcock is on display in the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery now through Sept. 20. Their work will be for sale during NOTSTOCK and displayed at 62 Doors Gallery & Studios, downtown Minot.


PotStock opens its fifth year with guest ceramicists Brad Bachmeier and Ned Krouse. Bachmeier and Krouse and MSU faculty and students will give ceramics demonstrations, including raku firings, Sept. 18-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., outside the north entrance to the Student Center. Any student or visitor can sit at a potter’s wheel and attempt to throw a vessel with direction from PotStock guests. Krouse’s work, along with the work of MSU Art Professor Walter Piehl, will be on display and part of the exhibit, “Paint and Pots: Retrospect & Recent,” at the Taube Museum of Art with a reception Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

“Referencing Wood,” a traveling exhibit from the North Dakota Museum of Art, and “Magic City Print Show,” a collection of prints by Minot artists, will be on display in the Conference Center. Both exhibits, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, are free and open to the public Sept. 18-19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Theatre kicks it up a notch in its third year. Special guest, Nick Hausman, a 10 plus year veteran of the Chicago improv scene, will host improv workshops and jam sessions.

 “Try your hand at improv or watch others have a blast on stage,” said Laurie Geller, MSU Honors director and NOTSTOCK co-organizer.

“Nick Hausman is a tour de force,” said Carlen Gilseth, assistant professor of communication arts. “His sessions on improv are not to be missed!”

Workshops will be in the Black Box Theater, Hartnett Hall, Sept. 18-19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Jam sessions will be Sept. 18 in Aleshire Theater at 8 p.m. and Sept. 20 in the Beaver Dam at 1 p.m.

Again this year, Jean-Francois Mondon, assistant professor of German, is presenting a foreign language writing workshop. Participants will explore the basics of Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese, Japanese and Russian writing systems and learn to decipher the mechanics in a fun, creative way. Mondon’s presentation is Sept. 18 from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the Conference Center.

This year, KMSU and the Broadcasting Program will offer students the opportunity to be on live radio and let them unleash their inner broadcaster. Friends and family can listen to live interviews with guests on channel 19 on Sept.18 and 19, 10 a.m. to noon. Visit KMSU 19 on Facebook for more information!

A favorite NOTSTOCK activity, daily do-it-yourself screen-printing, continues Sept. 18-19, in the Beaver Dam 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can choose a NOTSTOCK design and “pull” their own screen print. Participants are encouraged to bring their own T-shirts, hoodie, tote bag or other item to be printed. Local bands will also play daily during the event.

Wild Hands will host an album release and concert Sept. 19 in the MSU Amphitheater.

Finally, NOTSTOCK is thrilled and honored to host Wild Hands’ album release Kickstarter party and concert, Sept. 19 in the MSU Amphitheater, 8-10 p.m. Wild Hands got its start at NOTSTOCK two years ago and has since toured the region, performed on Prairie Public Television, and recorded on Daytrotter. Kids with Beards, folk trio from Bismarck, will open for Wild Hands. “Oh, River” vinyl records, CDs, posters, T-shirts and more will be for sale at the concert. An after-concert party will be at Souris River Brewing.

“NOTSTOCK is unlike any other arts event,” said Geller. “It begs you to pull a squeegee, perform poetry, throw on the pottery wheel and sing along with musicians. Come enjoy and create art with us.”

NOTSTOCK closes with a reception at 62 Doors Gallery & Studios Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy art, food, and music with this year’s guests.

For a complete list of times and events, visit All events and performances are free and open to the public.


Published: 09/03/14

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