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May 8, 2015 in Uncategorized by MDR

…to everyone who attended & participated in the ‪#‎MDRKC‬2015. We raised about $4,000 towards the Women in Design scholarship, one of our best years EVER!

Special thanks to John Mann with Axio Photography who took these great photos for us.

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To see all the photos from the event go to… 

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Schedule for MDR 2015

April 2, 2015 in schedule by MDR

5:30pm Artist Reception (food from The Art Institutes International – Kansas City)
6:00pm Doors Open to the Public…bring your cash! Live Drawing  & Bidding Begins
8:00pm Live Drawing & Silent Auction Ends & Winners are announced

New this year…Donated pieces & Live Art will be bid on simultaneously.  All bidding will start at 6pm & end at 8pm (so you don’t have to stick around as long)!

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MDR 2015 Pint Glass

April 2, 2015 in Beer, Gavin Snider, Promotional Items by MDR

2015 pint glass

Only available at the 2015 MDR, our pint glass was designed by Gavin Snider  (look familiar?) and will be yours for only a $5 donation.  Supplies limited so come early before they sell out!

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Featured Artist – Jordan Watkins

April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized by MDR

Jordan is a self-taught artist and a graduate of KU’s School of Architecture. This is her second year participating in the Monster Drawing Rally. She has recently left the architecture world to work as a full-time artist from her home studio, and is currently staying busy getting her online shop and up and running and preparing for her first solo show. Jordan works across a variety of media, including graphite, acrylic, oils, and collage, and several of her pieces are on display at the 2010 Gallery in the Crossroads. Her recent work reflects her interest in vintage anatomical and botanical illustration, as well as a combination of abstract and figurative art styles.

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Featured Artist – Julie Kircher

March 31, 2015 in jewlery, Julie Kircher by MDR

Julie Kircher started her artistic life as a photographer. These days she has moved her work out of the darkroom and into the glass kiln. She works with recycled glass, imagery and poetry to create tiny, translucent, and transportable works of art.

Her work can be found at

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Featured Artist – Matthew Cook

March 30, 2015 in Artist Features, Matthew Cook by MDR

Matthew is an illustrator and engineer. His’s parents moved around a lot, so he grew up in 5 different states: California, Washington, Utah, Ohio, and finally Kansas where today he makes his living with his imagination. Matthew studied computer science, Japanese, and illustration at the University of Kansas. He lives with his grey cat who doesn’t have a name, which is a very long story.

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Web site:
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Featured Artist – Dustin Johnson

March 29, 2015 in Artist Features by MDR

As an artist in KC Dustin Johnson works with a broad range of materials and concepts. He likes the materials and method that allows him to follow the ideas and concepts behind the artwork in a series. Being a musician as well seems to affect his working style with a love for an open lyrical flow as well as a certain degree of ambiguity.
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Featured Artists – Hannah Holmes

March 28, 2015 in Hannah Holmes, illustrator by MDR

Hannah Holmes moved to Kansas City last May after graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She has a serious love of pattern and color and is excited to be pursuing a career where she can put these passions to good use.

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Featured Artist – Gavin Snider

March 27, 2015 in Artist Features, Gavin Snider by MDR

Gavin is a designer, illustrator and musician who lives and works in Kansas City. His ongoing Travelogue project presents illustration as a form of exploration, with scenes from Kansas City and small Kansas towns to the coldest and warmest ends of the globe. In concert posters for his band Sad American Night and other talented local acts, Gavin lets his mind (and pen) wander to history, native art, legends and mythology.

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You can see more of his work at

MDR 2015 T-shirtGavin also created the artwork for our awesome shirt this year!

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Featured Artist – Lisa Ann Sugimoto

March 26, 2015 in Artist Features, Lisa Ann Sugimoto, Uncategorized by MDR

Lisa Ann has a passion for textiles and her work has been featured in museum exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.  This is her 6th year supporting the Monster Drawing Rally for Women in Design KC and we always look forward to what she creates.

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