Start with a Sketch
Brooklyn based, Art House Co-op wants you to explore your artistic side by contributing a piece of art to a traveling exhibition that can be viewed across the United States. Called the Sketchbook Project, you can submit a scrapbook, a journal, a map, a puzzle, a sculpture, a story—with the Project anything goes.
Art House, the brainchild of former classmates Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker, was founded five years ago with the goal to find a common creative outlet that could unite people by transcending cultural and geographic boundaries. Just like that, the Sketchbook Project was born. As of today, they now have a total of 11,064 sketchbooks in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library. I asked Art House’s Eli Dvorkin about the Project and its success:
What kind of growing pains did you experience?
We’ve had to solve some tricky logistical problems: how do you safely transport more than 3,000 pounds of books across nearly 18,000 miles? And we’ve had to figure out how to send and receive thousands and thousands of packages through the mail. Each new challenge has better prepared us for the next one.
A sample of the Sketchbook library.
What upcoming events are planned this summer?
We’ll be completing the 2011 Sketchbook Project Tour with dates in Seattle (June 10-12), San Francisco (June 16-18), Chicago (July 14-17), and Florida (July 29-31). We’re also planning a special event at the Brooklyn Art Library to welcome the collection back home at the end of the summer. Perhaps most exciting of all: we’ve launched the 2012 Sketchbook Project with plans for a world tour.
Where would you like to see art house/sketchbook in the future?
We’re excited to see the Sketchbook Project expand around the world and we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that the 2012 Project will be our first to exhibit internationally. In the future, we’d love to help facilitate the creation of Sketchbook Project hubs in more communities throughout the US and across the globe
For more information on the Sketchbook Project: www.arthousecoop.com