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Drawings Installed at the Incident Report Viewing Station"Installation of portrait drawings at the Incident Report Viewing Station in Hudson, New York." Incident No.42 includes portrait projects by Peter Walsh (drawings by seven Round Robin participants, on the left) & Kristopher Perry (on the right). Photo: Max Goldfarb.


Portrait Drawing Round Robin

Collaborative Drawing Projects
Organized by Peter Walsh (USA)

Previous Round Robins:

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA
April 1 and 2, 2014

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Part of the Exhibition
"Time/Line: Performance and Drawing"


Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue

Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 12, 2011


Incident Report Viewing Station
at Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011


City Without Walls (cWOW)
6 Crawford Street, Newark, NJ
Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trade School
139 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002
Saturday, February 20, 2010


University of Trash, Sculpture Center
Long Island City, Queens
Saturday, July 25, 2009


What's a "Portrait Drawing Round Robin"?

Participants get together for a few hours to create portrait drawings of each other and construct a wall sized portrait “matrix” of the completed drawings. Lots of things go on in this process and the completed grids are mesmerizing. The Round Robins create a unique kind of group portraiture that turns the traditional power relationships of portraiture on their head.

The Portrait Drawing Round Robin form was created by artist Peter Walsh in 2009.

How does it work?

Step One: Each participant exchanges portraits with partners seated across a long communal table. First one participant draws their partner, then the other. As the bell rings, they move one seat over at the table, greet a new partner and do another set of timed portraits.

Step Two: When the round robin is completed, participants create a wall-sized grid: portraits of the participants horizontally, portraits by them vertically. Self-portraits fall in a diagonal line from the upper left to the lower right.

Step Three: Participants discuss the completed drawings and the process of exchanging portraits, evaluating the multiplicity of values created. Does a likeness of an individual emerge in a series of portraits by many hands? Is one drawing better than another or do they work best as a group? How is the drawing exchange different than the system of one artist drawing one model?


Drawings from the Round Robin in Hudson, New York

"Drawings from the Incident Report Round Robin In Hudson New York, " 2011. Photo: Peter Walsh


Round Robin at Trade Show

"Drawing Portraits at Trade School," 2010. Photo: Peter Walsh.


Round Robin at Trade Show

"Round Robin participants at Trade School," 2010. Photo: Peter Walsh.


Round Robin Image"Exchanging Portraits inside the University of Trash installation at Sculpture Center," 2009. Photo: Peter Walsh.


Round Robin Image "Round Robin Participants at the University of Trash at Sculpture Center," 2009. Photo: Peter Walsh.


Drawing Tools

Want to run your own Round Robin?

Click here for a Lesson Plan.


    My thanks go out first and foremost to all the round robin artists for working so hard to make this experiment work.

    Jed Dodds at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore was a pleasure to work with. Thanks Jed!

    Many thanks to Max Goldfarb of the Incident Report Viewing Station and the Hudson Opera House

    At City Without Walls (cWOW), special thanks to Ben Goldman and Jill Wickenheisser.

    The Round Robin at Trade School was a big success thanks to Grand Opening and OurGoods. Particular thanks are due to Carolyn Woolard and Louise Ma.

     Many thanks also to University of Trash organizer Michael Cataldi for creating a platform that was perfectly suited for the round robin and to Sculpture Center for allowing us to use their space.

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