A hands-on celebration of the arts.

The BSC Fine Arts Department and English & Mass Communications Department presents ArtsQuest 2017, a month-long campus celebration of music, art, theater, literature and film. ArtsQuest highlights the talent of BSC students and brings performances and presentations by guest artists to campus. All ArtsQuest events are open to the public with most presented at no charge.

ArtsQuest Brochure

For more information call (701) 224-5601 or email
Tuesday, April 4

Earth as Art, Dr. Karen Ryberg, 7 p.m., Basin Auditorium, National Energy Center of Excellence – Dr. Karen Ryberg will use Earth as Art images from around the world to illustrate Earth processes, test the audience's knowledge of geography, and describe how humans interact with Earth.

Wednesday, April 5

Retro Game Night, 4 - 6 p.m., BSC Marketplace, BSC Student Union  – Games, prizes, and snacks! We'll have everything from board games to gaming consoles and a gaming tournament for students. Prizes awarded and snacks provided. Sponsored by Campus Read and GameStop.

Wednesday-Sunday, April 5-9

"Chicago," 7:30 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – BSC Theatre Arts presents Chicago - Kander and Ebb's Broadway smash hit musical, a jazzy, boozy satire on celebrity, the media, and justice! More info at Admission: $12 adults ($5 with BSC I.D.). Call (701) 224-5677 for reserved tickets, or (701) 224-5511 on performance days only. Tickets also available at the door. 

Monday April 10

BSC Visiting Writer - Kao Kalia Yang
Student Discussion of the Immigrant Experience, 12 p.m., BSC Library
Public Reading, 7:30 p.m., Basin Auditorium, National Energy Center of Excellence – A teacher, public speaker, and writer, Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and The Song Poet. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University's School of Arts. Born in Thailand's Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, Yang is a member of the Hmong community, and an American citizen. She lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her family. Learn more at

Tuesday, April 11

Collage Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – An evening of seamless entertainment featuring BSC instrumental and vocal groups, visual art improvisation, and student readings from Figments of Imagination literary arts journal. Free admission.

Wednesday April 12

Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – Featuring the BSC Concert Choir, Men's Ensemble, Women's Ensemble and Chamber Singers. Free admission.

Tuesday, April 18

Chamber Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – Featuring the Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and String Ensemble with student art from Figments of Imagination literary arts journal. Free admission.

Thursday, April 20

Juried Student Art Exhibit Open House and Artist Reception, 4 - 7 p.m., Gannon Gallery in BSC Library-English-Art (LEA) Hall, second floor. 

BSC Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – An evening of classic and contemporary wind band literature featuring DSU collaborative student Jacob Lawler on marimba playing Dr. Darling's transcription of "Leyenda." Free admission. 

Monday, April 24

Shortcuts, 7 p.m., Bavendick Stateroom, National Energy Center of Excellence – A live, fast-paced design battle for supreme creative dominance, this audience-friendly design experiment showcases creative skills of local graphic designers and artists in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Tuesday, April 25

Guitar & Percussion Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – Featuring guitar and percussion pieces for acoustic and electric guitars and a variety of percussion solos and ensemble compositions.

Wednesday, April 26
BSC Alumni Creative Path - Melissa Gordon
Copyright Talk, Noon - 1p.m., BSC Student Union

If you ever wondered what that little circle "c" actually means, come join the lunchtime discussion featuring the topic of copyright and how it plays a part in every creative person's life. We will cover topics of protecting your work, using the works of others, licensing and contracts, Creative Commons and see examples of what to do and what not to do.
Thursday-Friday, April 27-28

Jon Offutt Glassblowing Demonstrations/Discussions, 10 and 11 a.m., 1,2,3, and 4 p.m. both days, West of LEA Hall – This popular and dynamic artist will demonstrate the dramatic, fire-fueled art of glassblowing on campus during a two-day residency on the BSC campus. 

Friday, April 28

BSC Jazz Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium –Enjoy the sounds of swing, Latin and exciting new compositions and a "New York Voices," arrangement featuring the BSC Chamber Singers. Free admission.

Sunday-Tuesday, April 30-May 2

Community Raku, 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m - 4 p.m. Tuesday, West of LEA Hall– Outdoor raku pottery firing for students and local community by BSC Visual Arts program. Weather permitting.

Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3

2017 Graphic Design & Communications Spring Show, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, Student Union
2017 Graphic Design & Communications Portfolio Review, Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m. - noon, Student Union, Alumni Room
 – Students in the BSC Graphic Design & Communications program showcase their work.

Wednesday, May 3

ArtsQuest Campus Arts Crawl
10 a.m.- noon         Graphic Design sophomore portfolio exhibition, Student Union Alumni Room
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.       Chalk art with artist Melissa Gordon, courtyard behind LEA Hall
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.       Tie-dye activity, circle courtyard (weather permitting)
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.       Chemistry in Art display and sun print activity, LEA Hall 221
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.       Student art and pottery sale, LEA Hall, second floor hallway and 221
11:30 a.m.               Free lunch (until gone), Student Union outdoor patio*
Noon - 1 p.m.          Readings from Figments of Imagination literary journal, LEA Hall, first floor

GCB_FABWOL_Blue_R.jpg *Lunch is sponsored by Gate City Bank

Wednesday-Thursday, May 3-4

Short Play Festival, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – Ten minute student directed plays. For mature audiences. Seating is limited.

BSC ArtsQuest thanks the following sponsors:

Bismarck State College Foundation
Bismarck State College Alumni Association
Bismarck State College Visiting Writers Series
Gate City Bank
BSC Campus Read