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Call for Artists! Battle of the Brushes: Live Painting Competition

Bring your creativity, brushes and competitive spirit for Art Center of Burlington’s BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES!

The Art Center is in search of six artists to compete in a live painting competition for $250 cash prize! We invite students, emerging artists, and seasoned professionals to apply for a chance to be a part of the excitement on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Here are the details:

-A 24x36 canvas will be provided.
-Each artists brings their own paints and brushes.
-The subject and theme to be painted is revealed just minutes before the painting begins!
-Time is limited; Paint an original piece of art in front of a live audience in just three hours.
-When time is up, the winning painting will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Each piece of artwork becomes property of the Art Center. The paintings will be raffled off after the competition as a fundraiser for the Art Center. The money raised from raffle tickets will go towards scholarships for promising students who do not have the financial means to attend an art class as well as our Artscapes program which provides art as therapy for adults with special needs.

Wanna give it a shot? Please mail the $5 entry fee for the application to the Art Center, 301 Jefferson Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601 and email your name, mailing address, phone number, website, and 3-5 example images of your artwork to Application deadline is Monday, December 19th by 5PM.

Selected artists for the competition will be notified by email by Thursday, December 22nd.

The six selected artists get the opportunity to showcase several of their pieces as a group show in the Art Center Gallery from January 16-30, 2017.