“During a most challenging year. 68 local artists contributed 120 pages of original work to a series of five traveling sketchbooks. The sketchbooks have been compiled into a beautiful 88 page limited edition hardcover book available exclusively via a Kickstarter pre-sale starting March 2nd. All net-proceeds from the sale of the book will be directly distributed to the participating artists.
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, collage artists, Urban Sketchers, and more. Notable artists include: Jim Denomie, Hend Al-Mansour, Christopher Harrison, Dyani White Hawk, Leslie Barlow, Gordon Coons, Reggie LeFlore, and Russ White.This project has had a profound impact on the artists involved, creating an avenue for collaboration and connection in the midst of isolation, at a time when many shows and exhibitions were canceled or postponed. For many, it helped them overcome months-long creative block. Others used the format as an opportunity to experiment with techniques that they incorporated into their work moving forward. Still other artists used the project to visually express their struggles during the events of the last year and many offered a hopeful glimpse into the future of the Twin Cities and the world.The limited edition book collecting the work from the 2020 Sketchbook Project will be available exclusively through a Kickstarter pre-sale running Tuesday March 2nd through Thursday April 8th. The limited edition book will be available for $65 with an early bird discount of $55 available the first week. Additionally, a variety of reward levels will be available including limited edition prints of work from the project and more.”