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Join in making collaborative drawings under the twinkling lights of the Open Field Grove. Think glowsticks and blacklights for this nocturnal round of social art making.

The spirit of Drawing Club is built on sharing, collaboration and social experience of art making. Here is how it works.  Drawing club meets every week under the new grove of trees on the Open Lounge.  Members of the public are invited to join with local artists, grab a pencil and share their contributions. Paper and art supplies are provided. The center of each table will contain the working pool of pieces (including  works in progress from prior weeks). You can start a new drawing, slide it back into pool, pass it around, alter, edit, and amend it until the group declares each piece complete. The finished works will be collected and displayed on the Open Field Flickr page and held for a end of summer exposition.  There are no assignments, structured projects or formal processes for drawing club. This idea is to make collaborative works…however that manifests itself and what can beat making art under a grove of trees with a cold drink!

Scott Stulen

Scott Stulen is the Project Director of mnartists.org [1] at the Walker Art Center, Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers, former Associate Curator at the Rochester Art Center (MN), an exhibiting visual artist, independent curator, writer and DJ. He received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 2004.  Through his work at mnaritsts.org he has developed innovative on and off-line programming including the Community Supported Ar t (CSA) project in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, mnartists.org Field Day, the weekly Drawing Club and is a co-curator of the Walker Art Center’s ongoing Open Field initiative. His curatorial work also includes the Emerging Artist Series at the Rochester Art Center from 2007-2008, the 2006-2009 Headphone Festivals at the Rochester Art Center and the 2009 Skyspace/Soundspace concert series at the Walker Art Center.  He co-curated the Theory of Values exhibition at the Soap Factory in 2010 and the Precious Object exhibition at the Minneapolis Central Library in 2009. Scott is the co-founder of the SELLOUT gallery and serves on the board of The Soap Factory. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his visual artwork, including the 2004 Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize, 2005 and 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants and 2008 Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections Grant. Scott exhibits throughout the country, which include recent solo exhibitions Kool Aid Drunk, ebersmoore gallery, Chicago, IL; Why are you making me sad, 9th Street Gallery, St. Paul, MN; and Lead Guitar, No Vocals, St. Cloud State University Art Gallery, and will participate in an upcoming residency and exhibition at the Frans Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium.  More information can be found at www.scottstulen.com [2].

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