Second annual Drawing Marathon
The second annual Drawing Marathon at the Binghamton University Art Museum was held from 10 a.m. Friday, March 10 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11. The event was free and open to the public (18 and over).
The 24-hour marathon required selected artists to complete a finished figure drawing in the time allotted. Artists drew with charcoal on large sheets of prepared paper (provided by the organizers) from a live model who posed for the entirety of the marathon. Short breaks were given, but artists were at work for the run of the marathon. Visitors were able to observe the artists throughout the 24-hour period. The drawings remained on view in the museum through Wednesday, March 15.
Two cash prizes were awarded the morning of Saturday, March 11: the jury prize of $500, which went to Vestal High School student Kelly Wu, and the people’s prize of $250, which went to Binghamton University freshman Maddy O’Connor.
This year, 10 junior artists, ages 8-12, participated in a Kid’s Sprint, taking place from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Friday. Drawing the same live model, but on smaller paper and for only one hour, kids competed to produce the most accomplished drawing. The winner received a hardcover sketchbook and tuition for a 10-week session at KAPOW Art School’s ‘Art Club for Kids.’ The winner’s drawing will also be shown publicly from 6-9 p.m. First Friday, April 7, at the KAPOW Art Studio, Binghamton.
The 2nd Annual Drawing Marathon was sponsored by the Binghamton University Department of Art and Design, the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the Binghamton University Fleishman Career Center, the Vice Provost’s Office for Undergraduate Education, Upstate Furniture, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, KAPOW and Commercial Art Supply.