MPLSART Sketchbook Project 2021

MPLSART Sketchbook Project Artists

A Collaborative Art Project Supporting Artists and Bringing Creators Together


The MPLSART Sketchbook Project was launched in Fall 2020 as a way to connect artists in the Twin Cities and give them a much needed financial boost. 69 artists contributed 120 pages of artwork to five traveling sketchbooks. The sketchbooks were collected into a limited edition hardcover book funded through a successful kickstarter. Additionally, the five original sketchbooks became a part of the permenant collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art. All net-proceeds were distributed to the 69 artists to the tune of $350 each. Learn more about the 2020 Sketchbook project.

2021 continues to have many of same challenges as last year and the need that the 2020 project filled is still with us. To continue to support artists this year, we're launching the 2021 Sketchbook Project. Participating artists will contribute up to two pages to one of five sketchbooks and then hand the sketchbook off to the next artist in line. In Spring 2022, we will auction off the sketchbooks and produce a collected book. All profits, after expenses, will be divided among the participating artists.

We hope this project will help foster community and connect artists during this transitionary year and provide a well needed financial boost.

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⚠️ The response has been massive and we're near capacity. We'll re-open signup if spots open up

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Rules for Contributing Artists

Before contributing to the sketchbook, there are a few rules to help make this a success and be respectful of other artists' work

If you are working directly in the sketchbook:
  • Leave the front and back of the first page blank
  • Only draw on the front of a page
  • Draw on up to 2 pages
  • Print name and medium on the back of the page(s) with your contribution
  • Optionally Sign the front or back of the page(s) with your contribution
  • Use any medium**, but be respectful of other artists' contributions when using wet medium, sharpies, spray paint, etc. ** No Glitter or oil pastels.
  • If the medium is not permenant, please use spray fixative to seal it
  • Do not make marks on other artists’ work unless you have permission.
  • Do not remove any pages for any reasons
  • Complete your contribution within 2 week of receiving the sketchbook. If more time is needed, please contact us to modify the shedule as soon as possible.
  • Once complete, please contact MPLSART for us to pick up the sketchbook.
If you are working on loose-leaf pages
  • Please only draw on the “front“ of the page. The “back“ will be labled as such.
  • Print name and medium on the back of the page(s) with your contribution
  • Optionally Sign the front or back of the page(s) with your contribution
  • Use any medium**, but be respectful of other artists' contributions when using wet medium, sharpies, spray paint, etc. ** No Glitter or oil pastels.
  • If the medium is not permenant, please use spray fixative to seal it
  • Once complete, please contact MPLSART to arrange pickup or delivery.
Legal Notice

You (“Artist“) grant MPLSART Support Group, LLC dba MPLSART.COM (“MPLSART”) the right to publish Artist's contribution in a collected volume (the “Sketchbook”). Publication of any of Artist’s contribution(s) within the Sketchbook is within the sole discretion of MPLSART. MPLSART may also, in its sole discretion, withdraw from publication any of Artist’s contributions that were previously selected or approved for publication. Artist agrees that MPLSART may make the Sketchbook available for sale to the public. By contributing to the Sketchbook, Artist represents that Artist’s contribution does not conflict with any other contractual obligations and/or infringe on any intellectual property rights. Artist agrees to indemnify and hold harmless MPLSART for any infringement of intellectual property rights and/or contract rights resulting from Artist's contribution. While in possession of the Sketchbook, Artist agrees to not alter other artists' contributions and adhere to the rules listed above. By contributing to the Sketchbook Artist also agrees that MPLSART is not liable if Artist’s contribution is altered, defaced, destroyed, or lost by another contributing artist or MPLSART.

Sketchbook Specifications

We didn't want low quality paper to inhibit artists' creativity so we purchased Extra Heavy Weight Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. They're wonderful and provide an excellent surface to work with for most mediums. Details:

  • Stillman & Birn Beta Series
  • 180lb/270 gsm Cold Press Surface
  • Suitable for Dry & Wet Media, Watercolor, Ink
  • 7x10 inch - 25 sheets
  • Available at Wetpaint

Community Spotlight

Teaser Video (2020 Project)


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