Binghamton University is hosting its 4th Annual Drawing Marathon


Young local artists are putting their skills and endurance to the test. 

Binghamton University is hosting its 4th Annual Drawing Marathon.

A dozen artists are taking part in the 24 hour marathon to a draw a picture of a live model, who is posing for the entirety of the event, using charcoal on large sheets of paper. 

Shorts breaks are given for the artists and model.

Binghamton University Senior Soleil is serving as the model for the competition.

Soleil says it’s exciting to be the focus for the project but it’s also a harder job than you would think.”Every little thing that you decide to do ends up being a stressor. It’s hard to realize that. As we stand we adjust and all of our muscles play with each other and make up for it. If you just turn your head slightly and just leave it there, it doesn’t take maybe 15 minutes for your neck muscles to be exhausted.”

In the field of mainly college artists is one lone high school student. 

Chenango Valley Senior Kayla Ferris says she’s excited to be given the opportunity to show what she’s capable of. “It’s kind of unbelievable. I didn’t think I’d get to this point where I’d be standing around so many other artists and get recognized. I’m really grateful for it.”

The event started at 10 am today and will be wrapping up tomorrow at 10 am. 

Members of the public are welcome to come and check it out at the Campus’ Art Museum.

A cash prize of a thousand dollars will be awarded based on the selections by a panel of judges and another $500 will be given based on the comments received by visitors of the marathon and on the Binghamton University Art Museum Facebook page. 

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