Live Art: Truck Drawing Set Up on Santa Fe University of Art & Design Campusby Visual Artist Dave Ford

Press Release

In collaboration with the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, visual artist Dave Ford will prepare his next truck drawing on the university campus. Ford will work in the back of an 18” Penske, parked between the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Barracks, October 18th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students and faculty are invited to participate in the set up and engage with Ford as he prepares “Truck Drawings, Santa Fe, NM to Chicago, IL”. The final drawing will be on display at the Southside Hub of Production in Chicago on October 22, 5 – 8 p.m.

To create the truck drawings, Ford drives an 18” Penske rental truck and in the back of the truck, the floor is lined with paper over which 100 pencil-tipped water bottle pendulums document the activity of the 1,300 mile journey. The final drawing is approximately 11’wide x 7’tall.

During the drive Ford arranges the bottles to maximize the markings and movement of the truck and will upload images and video during the drive at

Says Ford, “Preparing the drawing on the campus will give me the opportunity to engage with art students. And the energy of a university campus is a good backdrop during the process of prepping the truck.”

Press inquiries: Lisa Degliantoni,, 915.238.6624


Video: Why Ford uses a Penske Truck to create his truck drawings.


About Dave Ford

An avid collector of handwritten grocery lists, Dave Ford graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in 1993. Afterward, in typical American folklore fashion, Mr. Ford moved to the art dormitory of the eastern U.S., also known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There he continued making art, participated in group shows and began creating his “Truck Drawings.” The drawings, which document the truck’s movement with dozens of pencils, proved to be fruitful and were featured in the sixth edition of Dave Eggers', McSweeneys in 2000. This attention generated several commissioned drawings and with the artist’s subsequent move to El Paso, Texas, long distant drawings to Connecticut and San Francisco became logistically possible. The opportunity to do a live drawing from the El Paso-Juarez Border to Grand Rapids for the Artprize event has re-invigorated the truck idea. Dave Ford is currently living in Evanston, Illinois, where he is working on a Swing Set Drum Kit piece.
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