News & Events

5th Wednesday – Gestures

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 7 – 10 pm, during figure drawing
Dowling Art Center

For this session we will have mostly gestures and short poses. We will have a longer pose, at least 30 minutes, at the end.

For people who are interested, Dan Shanahan will discuss and demonstrate approaches to gesture drawing on one side of the room.

About 5th Wednesdays:

Some months have 5 Wednesdays. We have decided to use that ‘extra’ 5th Wednesday to change up our session a little bit and try some new ideas. We will let you know well in advance what will be different about each session. 

The next 5th Wednesday after May is July 31.

Increasing Entry Fee

We are raising our prices when we move into Delavan Studios, room 413.

OFD New Days survey stub

In this post, only the except is used.

Themed Drawing

Sunday, June 2, 1 – 3 pm
Delavan Studios room 413
509 W Fayette St, Syracuse

We are planning to be in our new room in Delavan Studios for this session, however, if the air conditioning has not been installed by then, we will make other plans.

Themed Drawing sessions are the 1st Sunday of every month, except sometimes when the 1st Sunday is a holiday weekend.

Regular rules apply.

Event posting artwork by Lucie Wellner

John Dowling Art Center, temporary location

Drawing sessions in May
1632 Hawley Ave, Syracuse NY

Starting May 1, Open Figure Drawing will meet at the John Dowling Art Center, located at 1632 Hawley Ave, until our space in Delavan Studios is ready. This includes our Sunday May 19 Long Pose, 1 – 3 pm.

Hawley Ave’s east end terminates at Greenway Ave. The Dowling Art Center is on that corner. The other end of that block as at Teall Ave.

Enter: Enter through the silver metal door. The door is locked. Ring the bell to the right of the door to be let in.
The black doors go to someone’s studio.

Parking: There is not as much parking at this location. They have a small parking lot, and street parking can be crowded at night. You may have to park on Greenway Ave

Equipment: We will have our collapsable black easels but won’t have most of our usual equipment. The center has about 10 chairs we can use, and a large table that can fit 2 or more artists. You may want to bring your own easel if you have one.

We hope you will be able to join us at this temporary location.

35th Anniversary Group Show
25th Anniversary Group Show in 2014

Edgewood Gallery
216 Tecumseh Rd, Syracuse
Friday, June 28, 2024 – Friday, August 9, 2024 pm

OFD is excited to announce that our 35th Anniversary Show is Coming up. If you have attended an Open Figure Drawing session, you are invited!

Join us for the reception on Friday, June 28, 6 – 8 pm.
Food & Drinks!

Gallery hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday & Monday: closed

You may submit framed or mounted artwork and sculpture.

Thank you to all who have participated in Open Figure Drawing for the past 35 years!


  1. Anyone who has ever been to Open Figure Drawing may submit artwork.
    You can submit 1 piece of framed figurative artwork for inclusion in the show.
    You can submit up to 2 additional photographed|scanned pieces digitally.
    All framed and digital artwork submitted will be included in the 35th Anniversary Group Show catalog.
  2. How to Enter
    Submit an entry form with your artwork.
  3. Deliver artwork to Delavan Studios* by Wednesday, June 19, 7 – 10 pm, during the Open Figure Drawing session.
    To submit images of up to 2 additional pieces of artwork, contact us for instructions.
    At the end of the show, please pick up your artwork directly from the Edgewood Gallery, on Saturday, August 10, 10 am – 2 pm. If you’re not able to pick up your artwork at this time, contact us and we will find an alternate solution.
    If you want to exhibit sculpture, contact us so we can make sure there’s space.
    * Our new location.
  4. Artwork must have identification and contact information on the back. Include your name and phone number (or e-mail or street address). Optionally, include a title, media, and size information. We also suggest signing and dating your work.
  5. All physical work must be professionally framed or of the same quality. We usually only require that artwork is framed & have a wire for hanging from a picture hook. Unlike our usual group shows, the Edgewood Gallery is a professional gallery. Please check with us if you are unsure about the frame you are using.
    Sculpture is also welcome (and does not need to be framed).
  6. Work can be for sale, but does not have to be. Edgewood Gallery takes a 33.3% commission on all sales.
  7. Package your artwork carefully.
    Project your art with a minimum of a piece of cardboard large enough to cover the glass. Protect the corners. Place the artwork in a back, or some other protective covering. Be sure to mark all the packing materials with your name or initials. This helps us repackage it when we take the show down.
Group Show at the Gear Factory
Gear Factory front door

200 S Geddes St, Syracuse
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 3 pm – 11 pm

Open Figure Drawing will have a small space in the the R-Evolution art show at the Gear Factory (event page is on Facebook).

This takes place just before our 35th Anniversary Show at the Edgewood Gallery. For that show we are accepting 1 art work to hang in the show and 2 additional digital submissions for the catalog. You can frame 1 of those digital submissions, or frame something else for the Gear Factory show. If you are unable participate in both shows, please chose the 35th Anniversary show, because we want 35 artists for that show.

We may be closed in May due to our move to Delavan Studios. We need to have the artwork by May 31, so we can hang it that night.
You can bring your artwork…
• to our Themed Drawing session at the Atrium, Sunday May 5, 1 – 3 pm
• to Dowling Art Center during an OFD session by Wednesday May 29, 7 – 10 pm
• or contact us for other options.

Since we only have a small space, we will keep you informed to let you know if our space is full.

At the end of the show, we will bring artwork to our new space, 413 Delavan


  1. Anyone who has come to a drawing session within the last year may submit one artwork.
    Art must not have been in a previous show.
    Submit an entry form with your artwork.
  2. Deliver artwork to the Dowling Art Center by Wednesday, May 29, 7 – 10 pm.
    Or contact us for other options. Board member Dan Shanahan is coordinating this show.
    After the show, we will bring your artwork to our new space at Delavan Studios, room 413.
  3. Artwork must have identification and contact information on the back. Include your name and phone number or e-mail. Optionally, include a title, media, and size information. We also suggest signing and dating your work. The entry form has an identification tag.
  4. All work must be framed & have a wire for hanging from a pegboard hook.
    Our gear factory space uses pegboard. Please don’t use sawtooth hangers or small rings. They may not hang well from pegboard hooks.
  5. Work can be for sale, but does not have to be. Sales will be handled between the buyer and the individual artist. Include with your artwork the necessary information for a buyer to contact you.
  6. Package your artwork carefully.
    Be sure to mark all the packing materials with your name or initials. This helps us repackage it when we take the show down.
OFD is Looking for Volunteers and Hosts
“Our Founder” photo by Larry Hoyt

Open Figure Drawing can always use additional volunteers.

We can use help reaching out to new potential participants. We’ll be offering more drawing opportunities once we’re settled in the Delavan, we’d love to fill up the new sessions with more people excited to draw from a live model.

We’ll need more volunteer hosts to run the additional sessions.

We can use help documenting sessions by photographing participant artwork, and by photographing artists and the model in action during clothed sessions.

If you are interested in helping, contact us, or talk to the host during any OFD session.

Open Figure Drawing, since 1989