Northwest Arts Center presents: How the Beaver Got its Flat Tail

Minot, N.D. — Ever wonder how a print studio can educate, inspire, create and collaborate? What happens when you take professional artists, mix in a creative community of artists, students and faculty, add ink and paper, and turn them loose?

The result is “How the Beaver Got its Flat Tail,” an exhibition recording five years of exceptional prints, inspiration and experiences catalyzed by Flat Tail Press, Minot State’s educational print studio.

The five-year anniversary exhibition will open on February 27 at the Northwest Arts Center’s Walter Piehl Gallery. Headlined by the collection of art prints created by visiting artists working with Flat Tail Press, the show also features print and photography exchanges along with research initiated by the studio.

Founded in 2013 by Ryan Stander and Micah Bloom, Associate Professors of Art at Minot State University, Flat Tail Press (FTP) strives to expand students’ art-making knowledge and skills, while developing professional relationships and practices.

“It is both an eye opening and a refreshing experience to work with artists from around the country,” said BFA graduate and former intern, Hannah Streccius. “Working with a diverse group of artists has given me many new perceptions both in and outside of the studio.” For the past five years, FTP has supplemented classroom experiences through hands-on printing with professional artists, gallery exhibitions, and artist workshops and lectures.

“Flat Tail Press emerged out of rich experiences in graduate school working together with visiting artists, faculty, and fellow graduate students,” Stander said. “My hope is that FTP might offer our students similarly formative and memorable experiences.”

A public reception will be held on February 28, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Northwest Arts Center. There will be live music by Max Patzner of Wild Hands, live print making with FTP guests Calliope Arts, and a print giveaway.

Feb. 27–March 27

This program is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives
funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from
Minot State University’s Flat Tail Press.

Opening Reception
Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Northwest Arts Center is a non-profit arts center operating on the campus of Minot State
University. The Center houses the Walter Piehl Gallery, a public reception area, and climatecontrolled
collections storage and display for Minot State University’s Permanent Art Collection and
Native American Collections. Over the years the Center has enriched the artistic life of northwest
North Dakota with year-round art exhibitions, a performing arts series, a public lecture series, and
numerous workshops and artists-in-residence activities.

About Minot State University
Minot State University is a public university dedicated to excellence in education, scholarship, and community engagement achieved through rigorous academic experiences, active learning environments, commitment to public service, and a vibrant campus life.

Published: 02/15/19   

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