Global Sketchbook Project on display on Fergus Falls campus

August 19, 2014
The community is invited to visit the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College in September to view an exhibit of the Sketchbook Project, a global, crowd-sourced traveling exhibition of handmade art books. The exhibit, hosted by the college's Fine Arts Department, will be on display from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. Over the past two years, students on the Fergus Falls campus have joined thousands of people contributing to the project, whose mission is to allow everyone to participate in art and to create a collection of work that represents artists worldwide in a traveling art library. Anyone is able to sign up, get a sketchbook and submit it to go on tour and be archived. In conjunction with the exhibit, 400 free sketchbooks will be distributed to area artists and schools with funds and support from the Lake Region Arts Council. Participants include writers, poets and photographers. For more information about The Sketchbook Project and the Fergus Falls exhibit, contact M State visual art and art history instructor John Charles Cox at john.cox@minnesota.edu. The event is funded through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council via legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Besides the traveling exhibition, the Sketchbook Project has three libraries, including one in Brooklyn and a digital library. For more information, visit sketchbookproject.com. The Sketchbook Project also will have an exhibit from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Department of Studio Art at the University of Minnesota-Morris and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead.