Chapel Hill, NC: Seeing the World, One Drawing at a Time: Urban Sketchers opens at the Ackland Museum Store, Ackland Museum of Art, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Opening Thursday, August 16th, will be the first group show of Urban Sketchers, an international organization of artists, architects, designers, whose popular blog http://www.urbansketchers.org has gained a worldwide following since its beginning four years ago.
From commuters on a packed rush-hour subway to coffee drinkers at sidewalk cafés, glimpses of everyday city life are captured by members of the group, who share a passion for drawing in cities and who are committed to “showing the world, one drawing at a time.”
The exhibit features ninety sketches in a variety of media, by thirty-eight of the group’s one hundred contributors. All work shown will be available for purchase.
Urban Sketchers correspondents are architects, illustrators, graphic designers, painters, educators, and others who live in and travel to cities such as London, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco, Lisbon, Singapore, and Seoul. They work quickly with pens, pencils, and watercolors, rendering lively vignettes of urban life as dynamic as the cities they depict.
Begun as a Flickr group in 2007, Urban Sketchers was conceived of and organized by Gabriel Campanario, a Seattle-based, Spanish-born journalist and illustrator. The group’s mission is to raise the artistic, storytelling, and educational value of location drawing, to promote its practice, and to connect people who enjoy on-location drawing around the world.
During the exhibition, the Ackland Museum Store will have signed copies of Campanario’s The Art of Urban Sketching (2012), a compendium of drawings and related stories from the Urban Sketchers’ group. Included in the book are a brief history of the genre, profiles of some of its leading practitioners, a look at their favorite sketching tools, and discussions of the benefits of working in this art form.
A majority of the proceeds from the sale of the sketches will go directly to Urban Sketchers to support their educational programs, such as the annual Urban Sketchers’ Symposium and the Urban Sketchers Workshops Programs. The remaining proceeds support the Ackland Art Museum.
Seeing the World, One Drawing at a Time opens with a special reception on Thursday, August 16 from 6:30-8:30pm, and will continue through October 6.
For more information contact:
Ackland Museum Store Managersouthwic@email.unc.edu
Laura Frankstone, Urban Sketchers correspondent from Chapel Hill, who has curated and helped organize the show. Email Frankstone via her blog Laurelines.