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Glassblower Jon Offutt headlines visual arts week at BSC

Posted on 4/25/2012

Jon Offutt
Jon Offutt
Bismarck State College ArtsQuest features the visual arts during the third week of April, including glassblowing demonstrations by guest artist Jon Offutt of Fargo.

Offutt demonstrates his technique from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy on campus. His portable glassblowing studio will be set up at Door G behind the academy on the east side. Access from inside is through Room 110. Parking is available across the street or in the BSC Student Union parking lot.

Students in the Graphic Design and Communications program hold their 42nd annual spring showcase today through Thursday at Kirkwood Mall. Fifty-five freshmen and sophomores are displaying skills they learned this year in publication design and layout, logo and brand identity, studio photography and portraiture. Judging by industry professionals took place Monday night. Student portfolios will be displayed May 4 in a public event in the academy's collaboration rooms.

The Juried Student Art Exhibition is on display through May 15 in the library's Gannon Gallery and Elsa Forde Gallery, Schafer Hall. A reception for the students is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the BSC Library. Juror is artist and educator Jenna Jacobson of Bismarck.

Offutt was named Fargo's favorite artist in 2005 and 2009 in a High Plains Reader survey. Active in arts advocacy, he has held leadership positions in several arts organizations and artist initiatives. Offutt taught at Moorhead State University and conducts tours and residencies in glassblowing. His exhibited work is collected across the country and has received high awards at the Plains Art Museum and the O'Rourke Art Museum in Fargo-Moorhead. Offutt has an MFA from the Southern Illinois University College of Art and Design. He owns operates House of Mulciber glass studio in Fargo.

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