June 29, 2021—The M is proud to announce the addition of the MPLSART Sketchbook Project 2020 to its permanent collection. Coordinated by the Twin Cities art organization MPLSART, these five sketchbooks provided an opportunity for Twin Cities-based artists to create and connect during a challenging and isolating year. Sixty-nine artists contributed 120 original artworks to a series of five sketchbooks that quietly passed from artist to artist, accumulating reflections on life in 2020—including the pandemic, racial reckoning and political division—along the way. What resulted is a collaboratively produced time capsule of a historically significant time in Minnesota, and around the world.
The sketchbooks include emerging artists alongside artists who are internationally known, and align with the M’s commitment to supporting Minnesota’s diverse community of artists, working across media, at all different career stages. This project has found a fitting home at the M, which seeks to expand and complicate the narratives that define the American experience through art and creativity.
Sketchbook Images: Courtesy of Revere Auctions.