Art Pen Pals

What is Art Pen Pals

It can be difficult these days to maintain and create connections. That’s why Morrison Art Studio is bringing you Art Pen Pals, a project to help start friendships and arts collaborations between members of UNC’s community!

This program is open to students, staff, faculty, and community members.

How to Sign Up

  • Fill out this form here so you can paired with a pen pal!
  • The most recent pairing of art pen pals took place on February 25, 2021. Tentatively, the next date for pen pal pairings is March 10th, 2021.

Three ways to participate

  1. Mail-in: If you are mail-in, you and your pen pal will mail art back and forth between each other, the classic way! This option is great if you’re looking to exchange cute stamps too.
  2. In-person: Though the name is misleading, this is not in-person. This option is for participants that live on or around UNC’s campus and would prefer to use Morrison Art Studio’s drop off and pick up system (which is explained below) instead of the postal service.
  3. Virtual Pals: Through this option, you and your pen pal will exchange art digitally through email! Even if you’ve never made digital art or sent art digitally before, that’s no problem! We at Morrison Art Studio will have plenty of workshops and resources available to help participants create digitally!

How It works

  • Pen Pals will be emailed with the info for their art pen pal. The email will also include a prompt for an art activity that participants can do for their pen pal virtually, mail-in, or in person.
  • Pen pals will have two weeks to complete a piece for their pen pal and deliver it after they receive the email.
    • Please note: participants can also choose to deviate from this schedule, but if you choose the in-person exchange option, be mindful of the studio drop-off and pick-up times. These times will be set in stone for the protection of others.

Morrison Art Studio Drop-off and Pick-Up

  • For in-person pen pals, once participants have been assigned an art pal via email, they will have two weeks to create and deliver their items to Morrison Art Studio at Morrison Residence Hall (by the basketball court entrance).
  • UPDATE – For security reasons and weather concerns, we now ask that you knock on the Morrison Art Studio door and drop your crafts off directly to Phuong, our MFA Artist-in-Residence instead of leaving it outside on the cart. It’s best if you show up promptly during the pick-up and drop-off times, to make sure you will be able to leave and receive your crafts!
  • Items must be delivered on Wednesdays between 10 am – 2 pm.
    • Wednesday Drop Offs for Spring 2021
      • January 27, 2021
      • February 10, 2021
      • February 24, 2021
      • March 10, 2021
      • March 24, 2021
  • Items must be clearly marked for the respective pen pal, so that there is no confusion when participants come to pick up the items. (We don’t anyone accidentally getting the wrong thing).
  • Participants can come on Friday from 10am to 2pm to pick up their pen pal’s art.
    • Friday Pick Ups for Spring 2021
      • January 29, 2021
      • February 12, 2021
      • February 26, 2021
      • March 12, 2021
      • March 26, 2021

If you have any questions, please email