10 artists compete in 24-hour Drawing Marathon at Binghamton University

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Ten competitors are in the midst of a grueling 24-hour artistic contest at Binghamton University.

The 2nd annual Drawing Marathon is taking place in the B.U. Art Museum.

Artists are provided with charcoal and paper and a live model and must spend the entire 24 hours working on their drawing.

The marathon began at 10 a.m. Friday morning and ends at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

B.U. freshman Maddy O'Connor had her softball teammates there today to cheer her on.

The longest she's ever drawn for before was 13 or 14 hours.

"I don't sleep very much so I spend a lot of my time at night drawing anyway so I figured 24 hours shouldn't be that much of a stretch," she said.

The best work of art, as determined by judges, will receive a $500 prize.

There's also a People's Choice award worth $250.

Competitors also include faculty from other schools, a high school student and community members.

O'Connor says she's just in it for the experience.

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