An exciting collaborative art project featuring the work of 70 Twin Cities artists
The MPLSART Sketchbook Project is a unique survey of the Twin Cities visual arts community during another challenging year. Started in 2020 as a way to connect and support artists during the pandemic, the 2021 project is the second iteration bringing together a whole new set of amazing Twin Cities artists. Throughout 2021, 70 local artists contributed 120 original works to a series of five traveling sketchbooks.
In the context of the continued pandemic, political division, and growing uncertainty, the sketchbooks quietly passed from artist to artist throughout the Twin Cities. For some artists, their contribution is an expression of their anguish or their sense of hope. For others, the project helped overcome intense creative block or allowed them to try something new that they carried forward in their practice. Regardless, every image in the sketchbooks is infused with the artists’ mind and heart, capturing the spirit of the times.
MPLSART worked deliberately to capture a diverse slice of artists working in the Twin Cities. From hobbyists to internationally exhibiting artists, from McKnight Fellows to artists just starting their careers. The project features muralists, studio artists, street artists, graphic novelists, designers, and more. Notable artists include: Piotr Szyhalski, Ta-coumba T. Aiken, Star WallowingBull, Jovan C. Speller, Caitlin Karolczak, and Chuck U (see all)
Through the auction of the original sketchbooks, sales of the limited edition book, and support from some amazing sponsors, all net-proceeds from the project will be divided among the 70 participating artists.
Check back for updates. In the meantime, follow hashtag #mplsartsketchbook and #mplsartsketchbookproject2021 to see the latest contributions.
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