Raku firing will continue on as planned - weather permitting.
Please see schedule below for details. 

A hands-on celebration of the arts.

The BSC Fine Arts Department and English & Mass Communications Department presents ArtsQuest 2019, 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. 

Unless otherwise noted, all ArtsQuest events are free and open to the public.

For more information call (701) 224-5601 or email
Friday, March 15 - Monday, April 15

Austine: Polage Exhibit, Elsa Forde Gallery, Schafer Hall. - Invented in 1967 by Austine Wood-Comarow, Polage art is created with no pigment of any kind. The material used breaks up light, creating color.  Viewed without a lightbox or polarizing viewer, a Polage piece looks primarily gray with areas of color. When viewed through a polarizing filter or motorized lightbox, an intricate, colorful flow of imagery is revealed. 

Museums all over the world have commissioned and collected Austine’s Polages including The Boston Museum of Science, La Cite des Sciences et des l’Industrie, Paris, Technorama, Switzerland, Singapore Science Center, Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, and Disney’s EPCOT Center in Orlando.

About the artist
Austine Wood Comarow grew up in postwar Europe where her father directed the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, which won the Nobel Peace Prize under his leadership. Having lived abroad for many years, she speaks five languages fluently. After attending Swarthmore College, she obtained a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Indiana, and later earned an M.F.A. in illustration from Syracuse University.

Tuesday, March 26

Austine: Polage Reception, 4-6 p.m. Elsa Forde Gallery, Schafer Hall.

Monday, March 25 - Thursday, April 11

“Capturing the Moment” Exhibit by Prairie Plein Air Artists, Gannon Gallery, LEA Hall  - Artists in France began painting “en plein air” (in the open air) in the mid-1800s with the introduction of tube paint and railroads that took artists on day trips away from into the French countryside. In 2013 a group of Dakota artists interested in working “en plein air” began meeting at various outdoor locations in the area. Learn more about Prairie Plein Air Artists at

Monday, April 1

“Capturing the Moment” Prairie Plein Air Artists Reception, 4-6 p.m. Gannon Gallery, LEA Hall.

Wednesday, April 3 - Sunday, April 7

"Heathers: The Musical", 7:30 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - Presented by BSC Theatre, Heathers: The Musical is based off the cult classic 80's film, Heathers. Adapted by Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives) this dark, riotous, and unforgettable comedy is about the living hell that is the American high school. Cleverly adapted with unforgettable and catchy songs, Heathers: The Musical is going to be the theatrical event of the year in Bismarck/Mandan! Tickets can be purchased by calling 701-224-5677, visiting the Campus Information Center, or going to

Tickets are $5 at the Campus Information Center for BSC Students with a valid ID, $10 for BSC Faculty and Staff, and $12 for members of the public in advance, or $15 at the door.

Thursday, April 4

Award-winning documentary, “The Great Alone”, 7 p.m. at the Belle Mehus Auditorium, downtown Bismarck. Q&A to follow with four-time Iditarod winner Lance Mackey. - An award-winning documentary film shot in the Alaskan arctic captures the inspiring story of champion dog sled racer, Lance Mackey. From his sunniest days as a boy by his famous father’s side to cancer’s attempt to unseat him, “The Great Alone” pulls viewers along every mile of Lance’s emotional journey to become one of the greatest dog sled racers of all time. Mackey is the first in history to win four consecutive Iditarod races. Offered in partnership with the Dakota Film Festival

Poet Dr. Kevin Carollo, 7-8 p.m. Basin Auditorium, NECE - Kevin Carollo is a professor of world literature and writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is Editor for New Rivers Press, a teaching-centered independent literary press affiliated with MSUM. He writes for Rain Taxi Review of Books, and has poems inThe Chattahoochee Review, Conduit, Court Green, Cream City Review, Ellipsis, The Little Patuxent Review, Lungfull!, MAKE, The New Guard, Ping•Pong, RHINOThin Air, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. 

He will read from "Elizabeth Gregory" which addresses the journey of Elizabeth Renee Gregory, one of millions currently living with early onset Alzheimer’s dementia (EOAD). Presented as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Tuesday, April 9

Collage Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - An evening of seamless entertainment featuring BSC instrumental and vocal groups and visual art improvisation by BSC art professor Andrea Fagerstrom and adjunct visual art instructor Nicole Gagner..

Thursday, April 11

Spring Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - Join the BSC Concert Choir in in a program of modern and pop, jazz, classical and sacred Renaissance music, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium.

Monday, April 15

BSC Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - Join us for an evening of contemporary original wind band music and transcriptions. The BSC Wind Ensemble will pay special tribute to American composer Leonard Bernstein in honor of his 100th birthday celebration.

Wednesday, April 17 - Friday, May 3

Annual Juried Visual Art Student Exhibition, Gannon Gallery, LEA Hall - Guest Juror: Lori Riehl

Tuesday, April 23

Chamber Concert, 7:30 p.m, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - Featuring the BSC Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble, this concert will also highlight Prairie Plein Air Artists Miranda Cox, Nicole Gagner and Larry Maslowski. 

Thursday, April 25

Juried Student Exhibit Reception, 4-6 p.m. Gannon Gallery, LEA Hall - BSC student art exhibit and open house. Free and open to the public.

Shortcuts, 7-9 p.m., Bavendick Stateroom, NECE - BSC’s third annual live, fast-paced design battle for supreme creative dominance is an audience-friendly design experiment showcasing creative skills of local graphic designers and artists in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. 

Friday, April 26

BSC Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - BSC Jazz Ensemble and BSC Jazz Combo concert under the direction of Michael Langer.

Saturday, April 27

DSU Senior Vocal Recital: Adler Scheer, 3 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - DSU collaborative music performance student Adler Scheer will present his capstone senior recital. 

Monday, April 29 -Wednesday, May 1

44th Annual Graphic Design & Communications Spring Show, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, BSC Student Union - Students in the BSC Graphic Design & Communications program showcase their work.

Tuesday, April 30

A Poet's Tale – Poetry Contest, 7 p.m., Basin Auditorium, NECE  - BSC marketing students present an opportunity to bring your poetry to an audience in a live poetry competition. Participants can register at the door, and the contest is open to all.

Tuesday, April 30 -Wednesday, May 1

Visiting Artist Karen Bakke Classroom Visits and Demos, Tuesday, April 30, 10:30 a.m., 332 LEA Hall; Wednesday, May 1, 8:30 a.m., 322 LEA Hall; and Noon, 317 LEA Hall - BSC alumna Karen Bakke shifted her focus from graphic to fine arts in 1997 focusing on large murals and commissioned canvas paintings. Bakke’s style is “realism with a touch of impressionism.” She will be giving one hour demos in conjunction with BSC art classes. Learn more about the artist and her work at

Sunday, April 28 -Tuesday, April 30

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

Free clay available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning March 20 in the BSC Art Department, 2nd floor of LEA Hall. Shape your clay creation, then bring it for outdoor raku pottery firing by April 24. Beginning March 20, the ceramics studio is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1

BSC 2019 Graphic Design & Communications Portfolio Review, 10 a.m. - noon, Student Union, Alumni Room - BSC Graphic Design graduates showcase their body of work. Public welcome, free of charge. 

Wednesday, May 1 -Thursday, May 2
Short Play Festival 2019: What Happened to the American Dream?, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sidney J Lee Auditorium - Produced in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts and Humanities ND, this year’s Short Play Festival is the end result of a national ten minute playwriting competition hosted by BSC, and is produced as part of BSC’s annual ArtsQuest celebration, and Humanities ND’s GameChanger Festival. After receiving over 500 submissions based around the prompt “What Happened to the American Dream?”, students in the One Act Play Production chose six scripts to receive their world premiere. The students were responsible for the vision, marketing, auditions, casting, and coordinating the production. 
Thursday, May 2
pARTy, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., BSC Student Union - Celebrate the close of ArtsQuest with pARTy – a party dedicated to the arts.
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Screen printing, art sale, photo booth, alumni foundation activity
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Live DJs and music from The Myx 
  • 11:30 a.m. Gate City sponsored lunch - Free lunch (while supplies last) sponsored by Gate City Bank
  • Noon - Figments Reading on the Mystic Stage
  • 1 - 3:30 p.m. - Plein air painting with Prairie Plein Air Artists and guest artist Karen Bakke*
  • 4 p.m. - Plein Air Painting Critique
*Plein Air painting around campus, group critique in LEA Hall outdoor courtyard. In the case of inclement weather, painting in LEA art studios with critique in 3rd floor student lounge.


BSC ArtsQuest thanks the following sponsors:
  • BSC Foundation
  • BSC National Alumni Association
  • BSC Embracing Diversity Committee
  • Gate City Bank
  • Dakota Film Festival
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