More than 80 artists at all stages of their careers take shifts to draw for an hour in front of a live audience, bringing their private studio practices to the public. As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged works of art made from collage, watercolor, ink, and graphite.
In its second year at the NCMA, Monster Drawing Rally makes art more accessible for all people. This gathering is a way to view new talent, interact with North Carolina’s artistic community, and support NCMA programming. Inspired by the San Francisco artist-centered nonprofit Southern Exposure, whose mission is to show support to local artists, we’ve adopted this fund-raising idea to bring North Carolina artists to the Museum for a night of creating, mingling, drinking, and fun.
This year, Monster Drawing Rally returns Friday, August 25, 2017! Get tickets now.
Plus, we're hosting a special related event, ArtCast Live Podcast, Thursday, August 3, 2017, featuring artists from Monster Drawing Rally. Get tickets now.
For more information email Jennifer Hicks, NCMA director of programs. Please complete this form if you are interested in being considered as a participating artist in future Monster Drawing Rally events!
Monster Drawing Rally 2016
Check out photos of the artists at work, DJs, food trucks, community art project, and the art itself from last year's inaugural event.
The popular live drawing event and fundraiser sells out fast! Last year, 800 people attended to spy on the creative process of over 70 artists, purchase local art, enjoy local beer and food trucks, and make art of their own at an interactive art project.
Artists at all stages of their careers draw for an hour in front of a live audience, bringing their private studio practices to the public. Spectators watch as sketches morph into full-fledged works of art right in front of their eyes.
Completed drawings are immediately transferred to a gallery wall, where spectators can purchase them for $50 each. Proceeds support Museum programming.
Artists use a variety of mediums (collage, watercolor, ink, and graphite), ensuring an eclectic selection of art for sale. Last year, some artists brought in props or even sketched models from the audience.
Artists drew (and the audience grooved) to tunes spun by local DJ Forge.
Spectators inspired by the Monster Drawing Rally artists could make art themselves, participating in an interactive public art project sponsored by Flight Fund (a citizen-organized fund designed to propel creative urban projects).
Artists and visitors enjoyed a variety of food trucks and local beer to refuel during the lively evening.