Leave your legacy at a global art library.
Sign up, receive a blank sketchbook, fill it up and submit it to the world's largest collection of sketchbooks. Your book will become part of Brooklyn Art Library's permanent collection and will travel as part of our nationwide art exhibitions!
A GLOBAL ART PROJECT
Submit your work to the world's largest collection of sketchbooks. Where it will reside in Brooklyn Art Library's permanent collection, travel to exhibitions across the country and become part of a massive worldwide community of creative people.
Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. To participate and receive a sketchbook which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library and our traveling exhibitions, sign up here.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR SKETCHBOOK:
STANDARD: Book lives in the physical library and is searchable in person only.
DIGITIZED: Book lives in the physical library and ALSO scanned and added to our online library. Searchable both in person and online.
SUPPLIES: Your sketchbook will come with a custom pencil pouch (that fits your sketchbook), 2 Microns, a pencil, sharpener and eraser.
UNDERWATER / THIS IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS / TEXTURES / LINES AND GRAPHICS / LONG STORIES WITH SHORT ENDINGS / A COMIC BOOK ENDING / NO WORRIES / TACOS / CONNECTIONS / PEOPLE I WISH I KNEW /
Each artist is sent the same 5''x7'' blank custom SBP sketchbook. We've only got a few rules: first, the book must be used in some way - no sending us back an empty book or a completely different book! Second, the sketchbook must stay within its original dimensions.
Each book will be given a barcode so we can easily catalog it into Brooklyn Art Library's system. Once we catalog it, artists will be able to track where their book travels, how often it is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf - we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!
EDUCATIONAL AND GROUP DISCOUNTS:
We offer discounts for group orders and orders made by educational institutions. Please click here to order!
Any group order with 10+ sketchbooks qualifies. It does not have to be from an educational institution.
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"In part because of it's far-flung contributors, the collection is astonishing in its breadth. There are no rules about what to put in a sketchbook, or about who gets to make one, so contributions from first-time artists and children sit alongside the work of professional illustrators and painters, some of whom contribute to the project once a year as a way to blow off steam or try something new. Some tell stories—recently on display in the library was a picture-book tribute, carefully painted in cheery colors, in memory of the artist’s best friend, who had died. Others function more like diaries or collages, like a particularly popular sketchbook documenting the internal landscape of a woman’s body as she underwent chemotherapy... The sketchbooks feature architectural diagrams, extraordinarily detailed watercolors, depressing doodles, lists of favorite songs and ex-lovers, white-on-white cutouts, and on and on." - JORDAN KISNER The New Yorker