On February 17, 2020, Figure On Diversity was hired to provide programming at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Frank Hatch Free Day. The open-drawing event, which featured four clothed models who were alums of the workshop series, was attended by 500 people over five hours. This event was held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Boston's Apollo, which brought together drawings and paintings made of the Black and Queer model Thomas E. McKeller by renowned American painter John Singer Sargent.

The video above is a record of Figure On Diversity's drawing session.

Events

SUNDAY JUNE 6

MODELING WORKSHOP

Gainesville, Florida

Our original Figure On Diversity workshop, hosted at the University of Florida.

Artists should reserve their spots for the open drawing portion of the workshop by emailing us. Folks interested in registering for the workshop as model-participants should follow the link below:

SATURDAY JUNE 26 | 12-3p EDT

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POSING QUESTIONS: Embodying Queer Space in Life Drawing

Online Event

What does it mean to be a Queer life model? Why is it so important to raise representation of Queer bodies in life drawing spaces? What are the consequences of activism and art making?


Join us for a conversation that will flow as you draw, a hybrid Queer Life Drawing session and podcast-style discussion made in collaboration by Figure On Diversity and Queer Life Drawing!

ONGOING

MODEL OPEN CALL

Workshop Leaders

Figure On Diversity is issuing an ongoing call for figure model workshop leaders! Selected applicants will be trained to co-facilitate workshops designed to increase figure modeling's accessibility to community members who feel that their bodies are underrepresented in fine art and media in any way. 

 
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Press

Figure On Diversity Spotlights Excluded Identities in the Art Community

Brenna Sheets for The Independent Florida Alligator's The Avenue. June 3, 2021

Figure On Diversity, a figure drawing workshop series devoted to breaking down the boundaries of body exclusivity in the arts, will have its first Gainesville event on Sunday.

Outdated Artistic Norms Get BustEd with Figure On Diversity

Joey Phoenix for Creative North Shore. March 29, 2021

Recently, Figure On Diversity joined up with a UK-based figure drawing organization, Fat Life Drawing, for FOLD, an Online Figure Drawing event featuring three diverse models from Georgia, Massachusetts, and Ohio. In the three hour Zoom session, the figure models posed for more than 165 accounts ranging across international borders from San Franciscoto Berlin.

 

This Organization Is Trying To Diversify Boston's Figure Modeling World

Ariana Lee for WBUR's The ARTery. July 26, 2019

In a classroom in the basement of Lesley University, seven models are holding dramatic poses. Some stand with outstretched arms while others recline on the floor with twisted torsos. After 30 seconds, a facilitator calls out, “Time!” The room fills with movement as everyone finds a new stance.