Monster Painting Project

What is the Monster Painting Project?

The Monster Painting Project is a part of A Field of Monsters, which is a free community art project open to all ages running Sept. 4 through Oct. 31, 2021, in downtown Mansfield. 

We have all experienced monsters (be it psychologically or sociologically.) The purpose of A Field of Monsters is to encourage the creation of art derived from monsters and start community conversations. Everyone has monsters, but how we deal with them is what matters.

Drop Off Date: Drop your work off on August 23 & 24, 2021, 10 am – 6 pm at The Phoenix Brewing Company, 131 N. Diamond Street, Mansfield, Ohio.

Show Date: Works will be displayed Sunday, September 5 – Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Time: Works can be viewed during open business hours of participating businesses.

Location: Adult artwork is displayed at the Phoenix Brewing Company. Artwork by K-12 students will be displayed at Two Cousins Pizza and Richland Carrousel Park.

We also will utilize numerous downtown Mansfield storefronts to display additional pieces of art and create a walking tour.

Cost: It is FREE to participate.

How does it work?

1. Go to a thrift store.

2. Purchase a landscape or other type of painting that looks like it needs a monster in it. (The cheesier, the better. Google “monster landscapes” for inspiration.) You can also use a painting you already own buried in your attic or garage.

3. Add a monster (or a few) to your painting.

4. Submit the online sign-up form:

5. Display your work. Drop it off at The Phoenix Brewing Company, 131 N. Diamond Street, Mansfield, Ohio on August 23 & 24, 2021, 10 am – 6 pm.

5. Sell your work! The artist gets 90% minus sales tax and 10% goes to The Richland Community Development Group (RCDG) Mansfield Art Sector to help with future projects.

Don’t forget to share your image with us on Instagram:


This project is all about reusing and recycling! Please follow this simple request and find a painting at a garage sale or thrift store, or in your basement or attic (just ask your mom before you take it!)

Works must be pre-registered. You can register here: One entry per person please.

All paintings must be named (“Untitled” doesn’t count as a name.) Your name and contact information must also accompany your entry.

All pieces must be framed and ready to hang with wire hangers. Works with sawtooth hangers will be refused.

Please use good taste, and do not use derogatory images. The committee holds the right to deny a submission if it is deemed offensive.

Please be conscious of the price point you are setting. We can help with suggestions, but think about what you spent, how much time you spent creating, and what you wish to get back. The breakdown for sales is 90% to the artist minus taxes and 10% to the RCDG Mansfield Act Sector. You can also donate your painting, so all proceeds go to the Mansfield Art Sector to help build their funds for future art projects. If your work is sentimental or is already sold, the other option is to label it For Display Only/ Not For Sale (NFS).

For Inspiration:

Other A Field of Monsters Events:

A Community Symposium hosted by the Mansfield Playhouse in collaboration with the RCDG Mansfield Art Sector, The Ohio State University, the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, the Richland County Health Department, and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library will lead discussions on monsters. Topics include: The Monster-The Myth, Social Aspects of Monsters, The Monster Within, Perceived Monsters, and Monsters in Media (comics, film, literature, etc.) Speakers include Steven Joyce, Dawn Kitchen, and Phil Mazzocco. Date to be determined.

More events to come. Follow “Field of Monsters” on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

For More Details:

Contact Information:

Bryan Gladden, Monster Painting Project Committee Chair or

Sponsorship checks can be mailed or dropped off as follows:

Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

ATTN: Patrick Clinage, Sector Coordinator

55 N Mulberry ST

Mansfield, OH 44902

Memo: Monster Project