Sketchbook Project on Tour from NYC to ABW

sketchbook1The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library will be at Asheville BookWorks on Wednesday, March 26, 1 – 5 PM, the Mobile Library will be parked outside the doors of Asheville Bookworks, the event is free and open to the public. You will get a first hand look at the sketchbooks in the Library. If you are visiting NYC, you can also visit them at their permanent location in Brooklyn. I’m so excited, this a rare treat for Asheville and all of Western NC. Mark your calendar and bring friends to share the experience. Funding for this visit was made possible by the creative efforts of the former Bookworks Co-op, newly formed as the Book and Print Arts Collective!


sketchbook7BROOKLYN, NY ˆ On March 14th, The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library will take off on a tour across North America in a custom built bookmobile showcasing thousands of handmade sketchbooks. The interactive mobile exhibition space is much like a taco-truck, but will instead share handmade sketchbooks contributed from artists around the world while it stops at over 20 major cities spanning six months. Each book in the collection is catalogued and searchable by theme, medium, geographic location, and unique tags that each artist has created for their book.

The Sketchbook Project has acted as an outlet for artists to share their stories with the world, as every book tells a tale. From finding a cancer patient‚s chronicle of their recovery, a marriage proposal between the bindings, of drawings made by distant friends, the Mobile Library has allowed for sketchbooks to evolve into a means of connecting with artists in a way you may otherwise never experience.

sketchbook8All of the Mobile Library stops are free and open to the public, and this year you can expect to see it at venues ranging from art galleries to major museums, colleges, universities, and local libraries. Amongst many wonderful locations, some of the hosts include the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Geffen Contemporary, The Seattle Public Library, and Virginia Commonwealth University. At each stop visitors are encouraged to sign up to participate so they can add a book of their own to the ever-growing collection.

About The Sketchbook Project
Since 2006, The Sketchbook Project has been a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. Our permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library holds home to over 30,000 sketchbooks from 135 countries.

We invite participants from all walks of life to fill the pages of a blank sketchbook and send it back for inclusion in our one-of-a-kind library. Anyone, from anywhere in the world, can participate in the project.

The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library will be visiting the following cities throughout 2014. Please check for the most up-to-date information on where the Mobile Library is located.


Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Art Library
Richmond, VA @ Virginia Commonwealth University
Asheville, NC @ Asheville BookWorks
Atlanta, GA @ Goat Farm Art Center
Orlando, FL @ Church Street Entertainment District
New Orleans, LA @ The Crescent City Saturday Market
Houston, TX @ Lawndale Art Center
Austin, TX @ The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria
Fort Worth, TX @ Amon Carter Museum of Art
Norman, OK @ Norman Arts Council
San Diego, CA @ San Diego Museum of Art
sketchbook2Los Angeles, CA @ LACMA
Los Angeles, CA @ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Oakland, CA @ First Friday Art Murmer and Saturday Stroll
San Francisco, CA @ San Francisco Center for the Book
Portland, OR @ Portland Art Museum
Portland, OR @ Director Park
Vancouver, BC @ Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Seattle, WA @ Seattle Public Library
Steamboat Springs, CO @ Bud Werner Memorial Library
Chicago, IL @ Galerie F
Madison, WI @ Madison Public Library
Fergus Falls, MN @ Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Toronto, ON @ Distillery Historic District
Portland, ME @ MECA
Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Square

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