A hands-on celebration of the arts.

The BSC Fine Arts Department and English & Mass Communications Department presents ArtsQuest 2018, 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.

For more information call (701) 224-5601 or email
Wednesday-Sunday, March 21-25

"The Producers" 7:30 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - BSC Theatre Arts present Mel Brook's smash Broadway hit musical The Producers. Holding the record for Broadway's most awarded show, The Producers follows Broadway producers Max Biaylstock and Leo Bloom's attempts to rake in cash by following a simple five step plan to produce the worst musical imaginable. Tickets can be purchased by calling 701-224-5677, by visiting the Campus Information Center, or by 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.

Monday, March 26

BSC Book Signing Event, 6-8 p.m. in the Bavendick Stateroom, NECE. North Dakota authors Clay Jenkinson, Melanie Carvell, and Bob Jansen will read from their work and sign books. Discount pricing available on all books for this night only. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 28

BSC Alumni Creative Path - BSC alumnae Alyssa Meier ('13) will conduct two student workshops in the BSC Armory 119. The public is also welcome to attend the workshops.

  • 10 a.m. Reporting and Feature Writing
  • 1 p.m. Interpretive and Opinion Writing
A Bismarck native and 2013 BSC graduate, Meier fell in love with the world of newspapers at age 15 as a sophomore in high school. She has spent the last decade studying journalism and working on her school newspapers, including two years as editor of the BSC Mystician. She worked as a copy editor and page designer at the Bismarck Tribune for two years before accepting a job as the editor of the Washburn Leader-News in 2015. She currently serves as the full-time editor, reporter and photographer for the paper while pursuing her Bachelor's degree in communication.
Thursday, April 5

Sophia Kruz's "Little Stones" Noon, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, Schafer Hall; and 7 p.m. at the Belle Mehus Auditorium, downtown Bismarck.

Sophia Kruz brings her powerful documentary, Little Stones to Bismarck. From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking, Little Stones profiles four women who have found innovative ways to promote global women's empowerment. Offered in partnership with the Dakota Film Festival. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 10

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 and open to the public.

Wednesday April 11

Tret Fure, Noon-1 p.m. BSC Library, and 6-8 p.m. Student Union - Tret Fure is a veteran singer/songwriter. At noon Tret will speak about managing and maintaining a career as a lesbian woman and the paths she has taken, including finding a family at 60 and raising a trans son. The evening concert will highlight the universal themes she brings to her contemporary folk songs - touching on life, love and social issues. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 12

Concert Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - Featuring the BSC Concert Choir, Men's Ensemble, Women's Ensemble and Chamber Singers. Free and open to the public.

Monday, April 16

BSC Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m, Sidney J. Lee Auditorium – An evening of classic and contemporary wind band literature. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 18

Juried Student Art exhibit runs April 18-May 4. Guest Juror: Molly McLain

Thursday, April 19

Artist Dick Termes, 7 p.m., Basin Auditorium, NECE - Internationally acclaimed artist Dick Termes will talk about this one-of-a-kind spherical paintings, known as Termespheres®. Each Termesphere® is a revolving three-dimensional space/time exploration of an entirely closed universe, meaning that what you see, rotating in front of you, is one complete world or environment. Free and open to the public.
Termespheres® on display, Gannon Gallery in LEA Hall, March 6-April 20

Chamber Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium
- Featuring the Brass Ensemble, the Woodwind Trio, and the Guitar Ensemble, and visual art from Figments of Imagination, the BSC literacy magazine. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 21
Sing Appeal, 7:30 p.m., Bavendick Stateroom, NECE - Internationally recognized vocal band Six Appeal returns to Bismarck featuring the BSC Men's Ensemble. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors and will available at the door.
Sunday, April 22

Student Recitals, 3 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - Showcasing sophomore music majors Parsheana Adams, Euphonium; Kara Hathaway, piano; and Matthew Irvine, tenor. Accompanist - Colleen Hathaway. Free and open to the public. 

Monday, April 23

Shortcuts, 7 p.m., Bavendick Stateroom, NECE - 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. Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 27
BSC Jazz Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., Sidney J. Lee Auditorium - Enjoy the sounds of swing, Latin and exciting new compositions. Free and open to the public.
Monday-Wednesday, April 30-May 2

2018 Graphic Design & Communications Spring Show, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, Student Union Free and open to the public.

2018 Graphic Design & Communications Portfolio Review, Wednesday, May 2, 10 a.m. - noon, Student Union, Alumni Room – Students in the BSC Graphic Design & Communications program showcase their work. Free and open to the public.

Sunday-Tuesday, April 29-May 1
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.
Interested persons can pick up clay in the BSC art department, on the second floor of LEA Hall, to make a pot or small sculpture and return the object no later than April 24 for bisque firing. The ceramics studio is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 -Thursday, May 3
One Act Plays, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sidney J Lee Auditorium - ten minute student directed plays. For mature audiences. Seating is limited. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, May 2
Juried Student Art Exhibit Reception Open House and Artist Reception - with guest juror: Molly McLain, 4-6 p.m., Gannon Gallery in BSC Library-English-Art (LEA) Hall, second floor. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, May 3
pARTy, 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., BSC Student Union
pARTy is a hands-on art party for BSC students, employees and the public. All are welcome to enjoy art in its many forms! Free and open to the public.
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Polaroid Booth - Put on silly costume pieces and get your photo taken!
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Myx - Broadcasting live from the Union
  • 11:30 a.m. Gate City sponsored lunch - Free lunch on the Mystic Marketplace Patio until gone.
  • Noon Figments Reading, BSC Student Union
  • All day activities:
    • Do-it-yourself screen-printing: Bring your own t-shirt, tote bag, etc. Choose one design or a combination of up to three custom-made designs by BSC students. Screen printing is free. Paper and t-shirts available while supplies last.
    • Tissue Paper Flowers: The Alumni Foundation will have tissue-paper-flower-making.
    • Art Sale: Student and faculty artwork will be available for purchase.
    • Sidewalk Art: Chalk available for students to create their own artwork.
    • Traveling Trivia: Students may participate in a traveling trivia game that will take them around campus answering questions for a chance to win a gift card.
    • Graphic Design display: Student winner's artwork displayed.
    • Creative Clubs: Learn more about BSC's art, music and theater clubs.
    • Student Publications: Figments of Imagination and the Mystician newspaper available.


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