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NOTSTOCK celebrates a decade of interactive arts education

In its 10th year, NOTSTOCK continues to provide unique opportunities for guests to participate in the arts. Sept. 21-24, Minot State University's annual live, signature arts festival, NOTSTOCK 2016, celebrates four days of printmaking, poetry, music, ceramics, theatre, film, foreign language and broadcasting. It also features three special art exhibits. All events, which are free and open to the public, take place on MSU's campus.

"NOTSTOCK looks like an energetic bohemian arts event, but it is layered with education, exposure and opportunity for all ages," said Bill Harbort, art professor and NOTSTOCK co-organizer

WordStock kicks everything off with Guante, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, master of ceremonies, activist, educator and writer from Minneapolis. He has performed in many locations from the United Nations, to the Soundset hip hop festival, to hundreds of colleges, clubs and theaters across the country. He or his work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Racialicious, Feministing, Minnesota Public Radio, the Progressive and City Pages' "Artists of the Year" list and more. Guante will perform Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in Aleshire Theater. He will also conduct workshops with students and host the Sept. 23 Poetry Slam in the Beaver Dam at 1 p.m. Joe Davis, MSU alumnus and fellow writer, performer, and educator, will assist Guante and work with area high school students.

"With WordStock, we're excited to welcome another talented, successful, enthusiastic performance poet who will help students put their words on the page and then share them from the stage," Sarah Aleshire, English instructor and WordStock co-organizer, shared.

Printmakers, Dan McCarthy of Boston, and Neal Williams of Eugene, Ore. will print live in the Beaver Dam Sept. 22-24. They will also speak about their work at noon on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 in Aleshire Theater.

"McCarthy and Williams create stunning, detailed screen prints of nature and other subject matter, as well as posters for bands and movies," said Laurie Geller, vice president for academic affairs and NOTSTOCK co-organizer. "I cannot wait for them to share their talents and stories with students and the community."

Their artwork is currently on display in the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery through Sept. 24 with an artists' reception Sept. 22 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Their work will be available for purchase at the event.

PotStock opens its seventh year with guest ceramicist Danielle O'Malley of Montana. She and MSU faculty and students will give ceramics demonstrations Sept. 22-24 outside the north entrance of the Student Center. All are invited to sit at a potter's wheel and attempt to throw a vessel with direction from PotStock guests. O'Malley will give a presentation of her work Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. in Aleshire Theater. Her artwork will be available for purchase.

"I grew up in a rural environment, spending my childhood exploring the woods, gardening, swimming and prodding through tide pools in search of unknown treasures, and this molded who I became as an artist," O'Malley said.

"In Our Own Words: Native Impressions," an exhibit of both portraits and text from various people who live within the Tribal Nations of North Dakota, will be on display in the Student Center Conference Center Sept. 22-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit, provided by the North Dakota Museum of Art, features the work of Kim Fink, Lucy Ganje and Daniel Heyman.

Theatre continues to be a part of NOTSTOCK. Performers from the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research at University of Missouri-Columbia will perform thought-provoking interactive theatre and improv Sept. 22 in Aleshire Theater at 8 p.m. They will also host workshops for interested high school and MSU students.

Foreign language participates again with "Poetry Around the World," and MSU's Broadcasting Program will hold tongue twister contests each day in the Beaver Dam. Filmmaking joins the event as ND Strong provides one-hour filmmaking workshops three times during the event. Come join the fun!

A favorite NOTSTOCK activity, daily do-it-yourself screen-printing, continues in the Beaver Dam on Sept. 22-23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can choose a NOTSTOCK design and "pull" their own screen print. Bring a T-shirt, hoodie, tote bag or other item for printing, or buy a T-shirt from the MSU Art Club.

NOTSTOCK is super excited to host musician, Tennessee Jet, a one-man Americana rock band from Nashville. TN Jet is influenced by the hardcore honky-tonk of Dwight Yoakam, the writings of John Steinbeck, and the raw minimalism of The White Stripes. He just recently released a self-titled, full-length album. TN Jet will perform Sept. 23 in the MSU Amphitheater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and Vanity Plate opens the show at 8 p.m. Be prepared to clap, stomp, and chant along as TN Jet engages the crowd in an experience TOGETHER, blurring the line between performer and audience. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Sept. 24, shop CRAFTSTOCK outside the Student Center. The craft fair will feature approximately one dozen local artists and their work for purchase. Local music will also be featured with support from Pangea House. 3 Little Pigs food truck will be on hand for those who want a bite to eat while shopping, making art, or listening to music. NOTSTOCK closes with a reception at 62 Doors Gallery & Studios Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy art, food, and music with this year's guests.

Finally, a comprehensive 10-Year NOTSTOCK Retrospective exhibit will be on display Sept. 19 to Nov. 10 in MSU's new Flat Tail Press Gallery located in the west stairwell landing of the Administration Building. View prints, quotes, and photos from nearly all previous NOTSTOCK artists.

"Please join us to celebrate a decade of opportunities for hands-in, hands-on interaction and participation in the arts," welcomed Geller. "There is something for everyone at MSU NOTSTOCK."

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