Art Wars is a series of live events where artists create in a fun, competitive environment, presenting the creative process as a form of entertainment. The artists gain exposure, earn income and connect with admirers.
Art Wars are live, public events, held in different cities throughout the United States. The goal is to provide an entertainment experience by getting the artist out of the studio and sharing their creative workflow with an audience.
Sixteen “Art Warriors” are chosen by public voting at an open-call “Throw Down”. Art Wars is a round robin type of tournament where 4 to 8 artists compete at each battle. Two to four artists with the most votes from each round move on to the next. The 16 artists are narrowed down to eight, to four, and eventually to one winner.
At each battle the artists have two hours to create their piece of work based on a theme provided just before the countdown begins. The artwork is then voted on by the audience and a secret jury. A voting ticket is $5, and half of the ticket sales at each battle round is split between the four artists competing, the remainder funds the grand prize of at least $1000.
Throw Down: An open call to anyone 18 years and older. Artists must bring their own art supplies, a 4’x4′ drop cloth and a substrate to create on. A total of 16 artists move on to the 1st Round Battles (8 from each Throw Down event).
*First Round Battle: Artists bring their own supplies/materials, while Art Wars supplies the substrate that the artists create on.
*Second Round Battle: Art Wars supplies an ammo box full of materials and a substrate for the artist to create on.
*Finale: The final four artists are given a $125 stipend to purchase the materials they want to create with/on.
*Artwork will be auctioned off immediately after the event, with 75% of the sale going to the artists and 25% to the grand prize purse.