Are you familiar with the The Sketchbook Project hosted by the Art House Co-op? Participants in this project were provided with a blank Moleskine sketchbook with its own unique bar code. They then selected one theme from a list provided and completed the sketchbook with that theme in mind. Completed sketchbooks were then returned and became part of a collection that will tour the United States. Over 28,000 artists from more than 90 countries received blank sketchbooks and approximately 10,000 books were completed and returned.
The opening of the travelling exhibit was this past weekend at the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY.
All visitors to the exhibit checked in and were given their own personal library cards, which granted them access to the sketchbooks, two at a time.
You could request books based on artist name, artist location, or sketchbook theme. The whole process was amazingly smooth and fast despite the large crowd and the large number of books...
...and more books!
I did not participate myself but was able to look up the sketchbooks from some artists who might be familiar to you.
A page out of the sketchbook of Chris Miser.
Joan Rowlands sketchbook from Australia.
From Kathryn Dyche Dechairo's sketchbook.
A spread from the sketchbook of Juana Almaguer.
From Pat McNally's sketchbook.
I know most of you will not get a chance to see this exhibit so I hope you enjoyed the view from your computer screen.