Paint Day:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Garfield Park Arts Center – 10AM to 4PM

The Main Event:
Friday, September 27, 2013
The Vogue – Doors open at 8PM

Art vs. Art is a truly unique art competition featuring side-by-side face-offs between same-day created paintings. Artists compete head-to-head for the $4,000 cash prize… and you judge. The winner is determined by audience vote; the loser faces the “Wheel of Death” unless someone’s generous purchase can save the painting from a ruinous fate. Some art will die. SAVE THE ART.

Art vs. Art - Event Voting

About Art vs. Art
Art vs. Art is a winner-take-all painting competition with a twist. It’s an entirely different atmosphere for an art show with musical entertainment, revelry, and the ultimate in audience participation. Here’s the blow-by-blow:

Step 1: Ready, set, paint!
On Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Garfield Park Arts Center, competing artists have only four hours to paint using identical provided materials:

  • an 18×24 canvas
  • a pack of five brushes
  • acrylic paints in red, yellow, blue, black and white

Step 2: Vote online.
Completed paintings are photographed and posted online where site visitors can vote for their three favorites.

Step 3: Save the art.
The 32 paintings with the most votes are displayed at the Main Event, held on Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple.

At the show, the audience members can preview the work and fill out a ballot for their three favorites. The top 16 vote-getters then battle it out on stage, where two randomly selected finalists square off head-to-head. The winning painting advances to the next round. The losing painting faces the threat of destruction as determined by a spin of the ominous Wheel of Death.

Audience members can save paintings from impending doom by buying them. Artists kept 70% of the sales of their paintings.

Paintings not making the Top 32 are sold at the event for $50. Auctioneers from Christy’s start the bids at a minimum amount depending on the round:

  • Round 1: $150
  • Round 2: $250
  • Round 3: $350
  • Round 4: $450

Anxiety builds as the wheel spins because if the spin lands on Instant Death, the painting is not auctioned and faces immediate destruction.

The artist of the last painting standing is crowned the Art vs. Art 2013 champion and will receive the traveling title belt, full bragging rights, a serenade, and an oversized check for the $4,000 Grand Prize.

Visit for more details and to register.



Art vs. Art at The Vogue