May 4, 20136:00pm - 10:00pm

Monster Drawing Rally 2013

A Live Drawing and Fundraising Event

Monster Drawing Rally 2013

Live Event: Saturday, May 4, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Artists drawing: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
(FREE for SPACES members/Season Pass holders and children age 17 and under)
Work Remains on view through Sunday, May 5, 2013

Monster Drawing Rally is a live drawing event and fundraiser featuring over 100 artists.

Demystifying a process that usually takes place in the privacy of the studio, the Monster Drawing Rally allows spectators to observe artists in the act of creation in the public domain. In keeping with SPACES' mission to provide a public forum for artists, the Monster Drawing Rally sets the stage for extraordinary interaction.

Providing the basic necessities of the drawing practice—pencils, charcoal, pens, markers, ink, and paper—SPACES creates the context while the artists create the content of the drawings. The evening will consist of one-hour drawing shifts that each feature approximately 30 artists drawing simultaneously. As the drawings are completed, they will be hung on the walls and made available for purchase for $65 each. The Monster Drawing Rally provides a unique opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. Proceeds from the event provide direct support for SPACES' public projects.

Bring the Family!

SPACES will also feature the Li'l Monster Drawing Rally: a section where children and families may sit, draw and display their work on the wall for the evening or the weekend. Children age 17 and under are admitted to the Monster Drawing Rally for FREE! Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Monster Drawing Rally was conceived by Southern Exposure (SoEx) in San Francisco and has become a national model. SoEx has partnered with nonprofit arts organizations in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Richmond, Brooklyn and now Cleveland to help them establish the Monster Drawing Rally with SoEx's support. SoEx is proud to share their successful fundraising models and community-building strategies with similar artist-centered organizations.

Participating artists include: Amber J. Anderson, Karl Anderson, Ron Armour, Joe Ayala, Stephanie Ayala, Brandon Baker, Alenka Banco, Christina Bender, Christi Birchfield, Cathie Bleck, Rian Brown-Orso, Catherine Butler, John W. Carlson, Brian Castellani, Joshua Chrosniak, Kristen Cliffel, Dan Corrigan, Spencer Cowan, Rebecca Cross, Dexter Davis, Christina Day, Michael Dickas, Jim Engelmann, Jose Estrada, Derek Grubaugh, Meredith Hahn, Ann Hanrahan, Jake Hatmaker, Todd Hoak, Joe Ionna, Harris Johnson,Andrea Joki, Lori Kella, Beth Kelly, Alice Kiderman, Margaret, Yuko Kimura, George Kocar, Matthew Kolodziej, Stanka Kordic, Jill Kreling, Douglas Manry, Michael Marine, Adam Markanovic, Liz Maugans, Michael Meier, Micardez, Michelle Muldrow, Erik Neff, Bob Peck, Bellamy Printz, Arabella Proffer, Derrick Quarles, Jason Rudolf, Lesley Sickle, Mark Simmons, Corrie Slawson, Jerry Smith, Dan Sonpal, Stephanie Streeter, Emily Sullivan, Buzz Szilagyi, Josh Usmani, Piet van Dijk, Ari Warner, Nikki Woods and more!

About the Artists

Amber J. Anderson

Amber J. Anderson is an Ohio-based artist who creates work based on themes of memory, mystery, intimacy, and history. She is inspired by historical sites, obscure technology, rural landscapes, arcane methodologies, and classic literature. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and Master of Arts degree in... Go to Artist Page

Joe Ayala

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Stephanie Ayala

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Brandon Baker

Brandon Baker is a freelance comic artist, born in 1986 to not-comic artist parents. He lives and works in Vermilion, Ohio while enjoying married life with his wife Lindsey. His work has been featured on the Emanata iOS comics app, adults-only comics website Slipshine dot net, and in print in... Go to Artist Page

Christina Bender

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Cathie Bleck

Cathie Bleck, an internationally respected artist is best known for her distinctive works in scratchboard and kaolin clay board. Her stylized forms are painstakingly cut through inks and handmade pigments, revealing the white of the kaolin clay beneath. It is a process similar in concept to woodblock printing.Bleck's work... Go to Artist Page

Rian Brown-Orso

Rian Brown is a filmmaker and video artist who teaches cinema studies at Oberlin College. She works in both digital/filmic and as tactile forms. Her work over the last 12 years is rooted primarily in making film/video shorts and exploring new modalities for video projection. The concepts that she tends... Go to Artist Page

Catherine Butler

Catherine Butler is an internationally recognized jewelry artist who lives and works in Cleveland Heights, OH. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Butler has run her own production studio, been an adjunct professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, overseen education programming at Heights Arts, and juried a... Go to Artist Page

Brian Castellani

Dr. Brian Castellani is Professor of Sociology and Complexity, Kent State University, and Director of the Art & Science Factory, LLC. A member of the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL), Brian has shown his work in the Northeastern Ohio area since 1992, including such venues as Fawick Gallery Baldwin Wallace,... Go to Artist Page

Joshua Chrosniak

Joshua Chrosniak is an enthusiastic and energetic artist instructor who has taught children's art classes for kids of all ages. Josh has also taught for FAVA's summer art camps and is an occasional guest instructor at FAVA's origami group, FAVAGAMI. Josh received his Bachelors in Art Education from... Go to Artist Page

Kristen Cliffel

Kristen Cliffel is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1990 with a BFA in Ceramics. Kristen is in many public and private collections in the area including, the Canton Museum of Art,University Hospitals, Metro General Hospital, Cleveland... Go to Artist Page

Dan Corrigan

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Spencer Cowan

Spencer Cowan is an artist from Shaker Heights drawing patterns and things. Go to Artist Page

Rebecca Cross

Raised in Japan and Alaska, Rebecca Cross is a textile sculptor who lives in Oberlin, OH, where she received her Bachelor's degrees in English and Voice. She teaches Surface Design and Professional Practices at the School of Art at Kent State University, where she received her MFA in 2007. She... Go to Artist Page

Christina Day

Christina Day was born in Akron, and graduated from the Myers School of Art. She currently has the great fortune of running FORUM artspace in the 78th Street Studios complex with three dear friends and fellow artists. Christina loves studying the patterning, structures, and variation found in natural forms but... Go to Artist Page

Michael Dickas

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Phillip (Gnawbit) Epps

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Jose Estrada

Artist for too many years. Been trapped in Cleveland for 16 years. But from New york, and Boston. I have a Tumbler but it is NFSW. Sorry I'm a Smutty artist. Go to Artist Page

Jack Flotte

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Ann Hanrahan

In her paintings and works on paper, Ann Hanrahan responds to what she calls the bombardment of information that she encounters every day with a deliberative process that seeks to keep order and chaos in constant, if pre- carious, balance. Imposing regularized patterns on more intuitively rendered forms, she creates... Go to Artist Page

Jake Hatmaker

Jake Hatmaker and was born in 1985 and is both a graphic designer and artist. He attended both Baldwin Wallace College (BA in Studio Art, 2007) and Cuyahoga Community College (AAB in Graphic Design, 2012). His work has been shown work at Fawick Gallery. Go to Artist Page

Nina Vivian Huryn

"I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio - then a fascinating dark industrial city of smoking, flaming steel mills. I graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art where I majored in Textile Design. Early in my career I moved to New York City where I lived in a small studio/apartment painting... Go to Artist Page

Joe Ionna

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Andrea Joki

Originally from Minneapolis, Andrea Joki graduated from the University of Wisconsin ? Madison with a B.S. in Art and followed with a Masters of Fine Arts from Kent State University in 2006. She has enjoyed opportunities to travel, work and exhibit abroad with past funding from Cuyahoga County's Community... Go to Artist Page

Lori Kella

Lori Kella was born in St. Joseph Michigan in 1974. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1997, and later attended Cornell University where she received her MFA in photography. A selection of her recent work was exhibited at Gallery Drei, in Dresden, Germany, The... Go to Artist Page

Alice Kiderman

Russian born sculptor, Alice Kiderman, explores the concepts of feminine and masculine, relationships and experiences, through the timeless material of stone. Her figurative-abstract sculptures run the gamut of human emotion ? joy, pain, conflict, peace, devastation and rebirth.Initially trained as a linguist and educator, she gradually changed her career path... Go to Artist Page

Margaret Yuko Kimura

Yuko Kimura was born in 1968 in Oakland, California and was raised in Tokyo. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 1997 and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. She has received several awards including the First Agnes... Go to Artist Page

George Kocar

George Kocar is an award winning artist who has had over 50 solo shows, most recently at ArtsCollinwood. His work has been exhibited in over 500 shows nationally. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Ashland University. His work is in numerous collections including Ashland University; The Butler Institute of American... Go to Artist Page

Matthew Kolodziej

Matthew Kolodziej lives and works in Ohio. Kolodziej earned a BA in economics from the University of Chicago in1988 and an MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. He has been exhibiting his work since the mid 1980s. His work has been in exhibitions at the... Go to Artist Page

Stanka Kordic

Stanka Kordic is an internationally recognized, and award winning professional fine artist. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, she has also worked as a commercial illustrator, and a commissioned portrait artist. Stanka's work is included in a number of corporate collections throughout the midwest, including Cleveland Clinic, University... Go to Artist Page

Jill Kreling

Jill Kreling originated from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She studied drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art, graduating in 2010. Kreling's work has been shown at the Reinberger Galleries, Forum Artspace and the Southwest Michigan Visual Arts Academy. She also participated in the 2012 Grand Rapids ArtPrize. In addition to... Go to Artist Page

Erik Neff

Erik Neff has exhibited in galleries and museums in Cleveland, Youngstown, New York and Chicago, including MOCA Cleveland, SPACES gallery, McDunnough Museum, Devening Projects + Editions, Bonfoey Gallery, Raw & Co gallery and Elizabeth Harris Gallery. Erik lives and works in Newbury, Ohio. Go to Artist Page

Bob Peck

Bob Peck is a local artist who has been showing his abstract paintings in galleries for over ten years and creating public art and murals for nearly twenty years. He has created pieces for The Gravity Games, Scion, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame among others. Permanent installations... Go to Artist Page

Bellamy Printz

Bellamy Printz is curator at the Cleveland Clinic, and co-founder of the Zygote Press. Go to Artist Page

Arabella Proffer

Arabella is a painter, writer, and co-founder of the indie label Elephant Stone Records. Her loose narrative themes revolve around a fascination with punk rock, aristocrats, Renaissance fashions, aging socialites, pre-code cinema, gothic divas, medical history, and rock 'n' roll groupies. She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,... Go to Artist Page

Derrick Quarles

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Jason Rudolf

After earning a BFA in drawing and painting from the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, Jason Rudolf self-published two graphic novels along with co-inking several books for DC and Vertigo comics. Jason also works with artist Mark Soppeland on large public art commissions,... Go to Artist Page

Nancy Schwartz-Katz

Nancy Schwartz-Katz, born 1965, is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, Manhattan, New York in Drawing and Conceptual thinking (Illustration). In addition she studied drawing privately under the artist David Passalacqua. After spending her 20's working for the internationally acclaimed studio The Pushpin Group, Nancy returned to... Go to Artist Page

Lesley Sickle

Lesley Sickle is a Kent State University alumnus with a Masters of Fine Art. Her current work explores layering, abstraction and color. She uses drawings of shadows from her surroundings to create small, intimate compositions that are then cut, bent and folded to create a new set of shadows. Sickle's... Go to Artist Page

Corrie Slawson

Cleveland Heights artist Corrie Slawson received a BFA from Parsons School of Design (1997). Slawson has exhibited at MOCA Cleveland, Zygote Press, SPACES, LAND Studio, Beck Center for the Arts and The Sculpture Center. Nationally, she has exhibited in Nashville (TN), Columbus (OH) and at the Rockford Art Museum... Go to Artist Page

Dan Sonpal

Born in 1980, Dan Sonpal is a native Clevelander whose work has been displayed at South Side restaurant in Tremont, Ohio, and will be featured in this years' "Art By The Falls" Art Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. While he lacks any formal art training besides a painting camp... Go to Artist Page

Stephanie Streeter

Stephanie Streeter was in born in Fairview Park, Ohio in 1988, but grew up in East Tennessee, in the Appalachian Mountains. She graduated from the Fine and Performing Honors Scholars program at ETSU with a BFA in drawing and moved back to Cleveland. She currently works as project manager for... Go to Artist Page

Emily Sullivan

Emily Sullivan is a part-time faculty member at Kent State University, where she teaches 2D design, 3D design, drawing and printmaking courses. Having received an MFA from Kent State in printmaking, her studio practice is interdisciplinary and is constructed from a hybrid of screen printing, sculpture and digital photography. The... Go to Artist Page

Buzz Szilagyi

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Josh Usmani

Josh Usmani is a current art student at Cleveland State University specializing in cartooning and Pop Surrealism. Since 2008, his work has been in over 30 group exhibitions and three juried shows including 2nd Place in Red Bull's "Gripped Canvas" skate deck art competition and "Best Work on Paper" in... Go to Artist Page

Piet Van Dijk

Peter van Dijk, FAIA - Peter van Dijk is a Clevleand architect who has been responsible for the innovative designs of many projects that enhance the quality of life in Northeast Ohio and elsewhere. Among these are the Blossom Music Center, the Cleveland State Music Building, Cain Park Amphitheater,... Go to Artist Page

Jia Wang

Jia is a code monkey who loves to do art on the side. Her favorite media are oil pastel and charcoals. Go to Artist Page

Ari Michael Warner

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Justin Will

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Nikki Woods

Born in 1990, Nikki Woods is a painter that makes expressive paintings of highly decorative and decadent landscapes, objects, and centerpieces where images and material merge in and out of states of visual and psychological slippage. A recent graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Nikki has shown in multiple... Go to Artist Page

Tyler Zeleny

Tyler Zeleny (b. 1990, Brunswick, OH) is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) recipient from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Candidate at William Paterson University where he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in the Graduate Art Department. He was recipient of four year... Go to Artist Page

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