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April 12 - 13, 2014

2014 Monster Drawing Rally

A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser

Karl Anderson (Cleveland, OH), Barbara Bachtell, Christi Birchfield (Parma, OH), Cassy Black (Rocky River, OH), Ross Bochnek (Cleveland, OH), Justin Brennan (Cleveland , OH), Ricardo Brown, Jeremy Brustein (Cleveland, OH), Catherine Butler (Cleveland, OH), John W Carlson (Bay Village, OH), Hector Castellanos Lara (Cleveland, OH), Amanda Lu Cates, Chin-pao Chen, Lane Cooper (Cleveland, OH), Jeff Curtis, Dexter Davis (Cleveland, OH), Benji Diaz, Michael Dickas (Cleveland, OH), Elizabeth Emery (Cleveland, OH), Cornelia Emery, Phillip (Gnawbit) Epps (Lakewood, OH), Katie Epps (Cleveland, OH), Carrie Gabella, Caroline Galicki, Chialla Geib (Lakewood, OH), Stacy Hennings, Lauren Herzak-Bauman (Lakewood, OH), Ron Hill, Todd Hoak, Liam Hoban, Mark Howard, Nina Vivian Huryn (Cleveland, OH), Jamie Janish, Hildur Jonsson, Kasumi (Cleveland , OH), Lori Kella (Cleveland, OH), Beth Kelly (Cleveland, OH), Margaret Yuko Kimura (Cleveland, OH), George Kocar (Bay Village, OH), Chris Kulcsar (Brooklyn, NY), Kathy Lynn, Christopher Lynn, Chris Martin, Greg Martin, Launie McDevitt, Michael Meier (Cleveland, OH), Mike Meiré, Jason Milburn, Michelle Muldrow , John Nagy, Loren Naji, Deneen Nash, Erik Neff (Newbery, OH), Jenniffer Omaitz, Bob Peck (Cleveland, OH), Ritchie Peterson, Deborah Pinter, Angelica Pozo (Cleveland, OH), Bellamy Printz, Arabella Proffer (Cleveland, OH), Wendy Puerto, Gabriel Puerto, Derrick Quarles (cleveland, OH), Casey Ruic, Karen Sandstrom, Mark Simmons (cleveland, OH), Corrie Slawson (Cleveland Heights, OH), Rachel Strongoli, Paul Sydorenko (Cleveland, OH), Joey Thate, Brinsley Tyrrell, Josh Usmani (Willoughby Hills, OH), Laila Voss (Cleveland, OH), Bob Walls, Meg Wilson, Nikki Woods, Tyler Zeleny (Cleveland, OH)

2014 Monster Drawing Rally

illustration  Josh Usmani | 2014 | drawing | courtesy of the artist

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser  photos by Ross Bochnek

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser  photos by Ross Bochnek

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser  photos by Ross Bochnek

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser

2013 Monster Drawing Rally A Live Drawing Event and Fundraiser  photos by Ross Bochnek

Live Event: Saturday, April 12, 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, April 13, 2014

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

Artist List -

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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Utrecht / Blick PRIZE WHEEL –Guests can spin the wheel for prizes ranging from art supplies to tote bags to t-shirts.
Rust Belt Monster Art Collective – Members of the collective will create a large-scale work for 3 hours during MDR. The finished work will be available for sale, and the price will be based on the number of participating Rust Belt Monsters.
The TOUCH Supper Truck – will be parked outside with yummy grubs.
DJ Chris Kulcsar – Chris will keep the tunes going all night and work on his own MDR piece at the same time. OOOH the talent!
MDR Fan-Josh Usmani tells why he this is one his favorite events -

2014 MDR Illustration by Josh Usmani


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.

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About the Artists

Karl Anderson

Born in 1986, Karl Anderson attended the Cleveland institute of Art and graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Drawing as well as minors in Communication Design, Painting, Printmaking, and T.I.M.E. He is a cofounder and curator of FORUM artspace in the 78th street studios. His work has been shown... go to artist page

Barbara Bachtell

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Christi Birchfield

Christi Birchfield, a native of Cleveland, Ohio was born on September 5th 1983. Christi attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where she received a degree in printmaking in 2006. She continued her studies at Columbia University where she received her MFA in visual art in 2010. The summer of 2010... go to artist page

Cassy Black

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Ross Bochnek

Bochnek holds an MFA in Design and Technology with concentrations in Multimedia and Ubiquitous Computing, and a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Art. His blog,, focuses on the original humanistic intentions and etymology behind concepts including: technology, Cyborg, cybernetics, and Robot. He reminds us that human designers and... go to artist page

Justin Brennan

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Ricardo Brown

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Jeremy Brustein

Jeremy Brustein grew up in the Bronx. He entered KSU in 1972 majoring in fine arts, though he dropped out at the end of his sophomore year becoming immersed in the radical political movements of the day. Throughout the 70's he created revolutionary political posters and logos, including national actions... 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

John W Carlson

Born in Ashtabula, OH, Carlson now resides in Bay Village, OH. (just outside of Cleveland) with his wife and fellow artist Erin Giddings. Always artistically gifted, John began his career as an artist by attending Cleveland's Cooper School of Art. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Franz Kline,... go to artist page

Hector Castellanos Lara

Inspired by images from the Guatemala of his youth, Hector Castellanos Lara's colors explode off the page in a fashion that evokes the natural palette of his native Central America. Now a permanent resident of Cleveland, Hector has held numerous exhibitions and has taught at the Cleveland Museum of Art,... go to artist page

Amanda Lu Cates

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Chin-pao Chen

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Lane Cooper

Lane Cooper is an artist, who works through painting, sound, video, text and, on occasion, performance. Her work has been presented in venues ranging from Birmingham, AL, to Madrid, Spain. In 2009 she participated in a residency at The Banff Centre located in Alberta, Canada, and in the fall of... go to artist page

Jeff Curtis

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Dexter Davis

Dexter Davis l Quarter Art 2013Dexter Davis born in 1965, lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his work is found in the collections of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Progressive Corporation. He has... go to artist page

Benji Diaz

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Michael Dickas

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Elizabeth Emery

Elizabeth Emery's tactile and colorful artwork searches for narratives in everyday objects. Emery received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania in Art History and Italian Studies and her MFA in ceramics from Alfred University. She has exhibited her mixed media installations, sculpture, and prints nationally at visual arts organizations... go to artist page

Cornelia Emery

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Phillip (Gnawbit) Epps

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Katie Epps

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Carrie Gabella

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Caroline Galicki

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Chialla Geib

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Stacy Hennings

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Lauren Herzak-Bauman

Lauren Herzak-Bauman is a multi-media artist primarily working with ceramics and found materials to create sculptures, installations, and public commissions. Lauren makes sculptures and installations about the materiality of clay, the production of contemporary ceramics, and her evolving relationship with death and loss. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she... go to artist page

Todd Hoak

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Liam Hoban

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Mark Howard

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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

Jamie Janish

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Hildur Jonsson

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Kasumi creates immersive media art experiences that explore the formation of memory and our collective consciousness.A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Kasumi is a genuine polymath recognized worldwide for her accomplishments as a filmmaker, visual artist, musician, writer and performer. Running throughout her work is an intellect highly attuned to the elemental... 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

Beth Kelly

Beth (Whalley) Kelly is one-half owner of Proximity gallery in Cleveland's Art Quarter. She received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art and works in textiles, drawing, and paper mache; her work references textile history, native fauna, and industrial living. Her artwork... 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

Chris Kulcsar

In the artists own words: Christopher Kulcsar was found floating on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio during the final months of our great nation's 200th birthday celebration. He has frittered away his time making loud noises and occasionally taking (and teaching) courses of art instruction. Mr.... go to artist page

Kathy Lynn

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Christopher Lynn

Christopher Lynn received his MFA from The Ohio State University and is the former executive director of SPACES. go to artist page

Chris Martin

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Greg Martin

Greg Martin is a Cleveland born artist using cameras, lenses, chemistry and methods considered "state-of-the-art" 160 years ago to create images that cannot be replicated using today's "state-of-the-art" equipment. Every work is one-of-a-kind, shot "in-camera", directly onto metal or glass plates hand-coated with self mixed chemistry. There are no multiples... go to artist page

Launie McDevitt

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Michael Meier

Michael Meier was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1982. His work investigates the interstitial space of visual and psychic faculties through the language of contemporary painting. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and obtained an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. His work has been... go to artist page

Mike Meiré

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Jason Milburn

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jason graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art Drawing/Printmaking departments in 2003. He is currently working in a private studio located in the historical Tower Press Building in Cleveland, OH. He draws people in a variety of situations, in a variety of media, on... go to artist page

Michelle Muldrow

Michelle Muldrow is a nationally recognized painter whose work is a conceptual exploration of the American landscape. Her work explores the relationships between landscape, consumerism and historical aesthetic philosophy. Born in 1968, Muldrow was raised on Air Force bases throughout America. This nomadic experience laid the foundation for a fascination... go to artist page

John Nagy

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Loren Naji

As a child, Loren Naji (b. January 8, 1957, Brooklyn, NY) loved building things and drawing scenes of adventure and fantasy. Later he studied Graphic Design at Kent State University from 1975-1981. During this time he worked at Geauga Lake Amusement Park drawing portraits.From 1981-1993 he studied figure/portrait drawing and... go to artist page

Deneen Nash

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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

Jenniffer Omaitz

Jenniffer Omaitz is a nationally exhibited painter and installation artist. Omaitz received her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA in Painting from Kent State University in 2009. Omaitz has been exhibiting her work in Cleveland and Denver since 2002. Omaitz continues to blend... 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

Ritchie Peterson

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Deborah Pinter

Deborah Pinter received her BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art and earned her MA from New York University/International Center of Photography joint graduate program. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections including Progressive Art Collection, The Cleveland State University Art Collection and the Laura... go to artist page

Angelica Pozo

Angelica Pozo, a New York City native, born of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, has lived in Cleveland since 1984. She moved there from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from SUNY College of... 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

Wendy Puerto

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Gabriel Puerto

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Derrick Quarles

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Casey Ruic

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Karen Sandstrom

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Mark Simmons

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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

Rachel Strongoli

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Paul Sydorenko

Paul Sydorenko is a Cleveland based artist / musician. Working in many different mediums, he creates colorful, playful, and sometimes sarcastic works. go to artist page

Joey Thate

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Brinsley Tyrrell

Born in 1941 in Godstone, England, Brinsley Tyrrell graduated from the Camberwill School of Arts & Crafts at the University of London before becoming a Professor of Art at Kent State University; obtaining his Professor Emeritus status in 1996. During the course of his career he has won many awards... go to artist page

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

Laila Voss

Laila Voss has been adjunct and full-time faculty at several colleges and universities in the Northeast Ohio region as well as directing a couple of department galleries. Since the 2003 she has been an assistant lecturer at the University of Akron Myers School of Art. Besides exhibiting work, Laila Voss... go to artist page

Bob Walls

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Meg Wilson

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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... 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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