Mission + Vision
The Drawing Project aims to collaborate, encourage and engage diverse local and global perspectives on contemporary drawing through nomadic drawing workshops and events.
The Drawing Project is dedicated to creating an environment in which participants will experiment, take risks, learn, discover, explore–be immersed in the creative process, connect with oneʼs own hand and their ability to observe and simply draw.
The Drawing Project is for everyone: all generations, all Twin Cities residents and beyond from the professional to the curious.
We believe in drawing as a mode of expression, an act of inquiry, and a lens into the unconscious, promoting a deeper respect for looking and thinking in everyday life. The exploration and study of drawing is a fundamental practice, which informs and inspires across disciplines, professions and experience and is accessible to all.
Shannon Brunette lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY from 1998 to 2014 and recently returned to her beloved hometown Saint Paul/Minneapolis, MN. She received her Masters of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts in 2006 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Visual Arts in 1998. Currently, she is exploring a body of work relating to cultural exchange opportunities, from Alaska video artist-in-residence focusing on climate change to a 5-week international fellowship in exchange with traditional craftspeople of Orissa, India at Raghurajpur International Arts & Crafts Exchange. She was honored to have her Alaskan video work exhibited at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. In 2012, she was a Jerome Foundation fellow-in- residence at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN, this focused creative period allowed for the creation of a film work addressing her time and spiritual journey in India. That film work, The Blue of Distance, had it’s inter- national premiere in 2013 at transartfest.org in Berlin, Germany. Shannon is excited to explore the next phase of her practice within the incredible amenities of her new home at Schmidt Artist Lofts. Beyond her own film and video work she has produced several multimedia events featuring performing, visual and media artists such as Brooklyn Campfire and will continue to develop unique cultural events in the Twin Cities.
Shannon is a leader in the field of arts non-profit and philanthropy with a focus on cultural work at the intersection of art and social change. Her professional work has put her in leadership roles at the Walker Art Center, The Guggenheim Museum, Blue Man Group and Lambent Foundation. Other consulting work includes: New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Northern Spark Festival, Lutman & Associates, Inc., The Soap Factory, Heart of the Beast, Burnet Gallery and individual artists. From 2007 to 2013, she was the Senior Program Director of Lambent Foundation, which focuses on innovative grantmaking and programs that explore the intersections between art, culture, creativity and justice. In 2013, she consulted as the Director of Education, focusing on youth leadership and empowerment through the arts at Hospital Audience, Inc., her focus was on the development, infrastructure and capacity building of a newly formed arts education department. She is the General Manager of Penumbra Theatre, continuing education faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Co-Founder of The Drawing Project. She serves as the Board President of CVA Action, a non-profit dedicated to the alumni and friends of the College of Visual Arts.
Website: Shannon Brunette
A Minneapolis based visual artist, Lynda Monick-Isenberg has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally and installed one hundred large-scale tapestry commissions nation wide. Her work is collected by private collectors and included in the collections of the Minnesota History Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Weisman Art Museum. Drawing is essential and core to her practice and is rooted in inquiry and environmentalism, raising questions of equity, access, action and art and designs’ opportunity to address change. As founding and exhibiting members of Form+Content Gallery Collective, she and her partner have organized and implemented conceptually diverse exhibitions addressing the role of art and design plays in culture and politic: Dialogue on the Wall – exploring the Israeli Palestinian conflict, Unbundling the Housing Crisis , Excavation of Zone 5, Found Objects and Beyond Branding.
In addition to her studio practice, Monick-Isenberg is a professor of Fine Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she teaches drawing, coordinates and teaches both the MFA Teaching Theory and Practice, and the BFA Teaching Artist Minor. In addition to teaching and a lively art practice, she has participated in the development and implementation of community based teaching artist residencies in Minnesota through Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Paul Public Schools and the Perpich Center for Arts Education. As a founding member of Form and Content Gallery Collective in downtown Minneapolis, the Jewish Woman’s Artist Circle, past board member of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, and co-founder of The Drawing Project she actively participates the arts community in the Twin Cities working ‘in and through the arts’.
Website: Lynda Monick-Isenberg