Casting for Art World Reality Show –

Casting for Art World Reality Show –

tv2If you’re an artist who would like the opportunity to be on television and you think you have what it takes to be the next star contemporary art world then keep reading. With all sorts of people from aspiring chefs to wannabe models getting the chance strut their stuff on television while competing with other contestants for honour and glory, it is about time that artists got a slice of the pie. You may remember a show called Artstar that aired in 2006 where artists were a group of carefully selected emerging artists were given the chance to strut their stuff. Well, it appears that this Untitled Art Project program takes things a step further and will actually give artists the chance to compete with other artists for the chance to win some sort of prize – presumably some sort of promotional opportunity. It sounds like this show is going to be really awesome so I would encourage all eligible artists to enter. For more information see the press release and associated links below

Press Release:

How do you go from struggling, emerging or even semi-established artist to selling a complete show for $198 million? It’s a big art world out there, but maybe this is one place to start!

Magical Elves (Peabody Award-winning Project Runway, Emmy Award-winning Top Chef) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winner) and her production company, Pretty Matches, are teaming up for an hour-long creative competition series among aspiring contemporary artists who will create and compete to conquer the art world!

If you’re an emerging or mid-career visual artist with a unique, powerful voice that demands a bigger stage – well. . . Here.  It.  Is.

We want contemporary artists. Your medium could be one of many (or several of many) – painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, mixed-media – we want voices that believe in their art and want the world to know.

*To be considered for the cast, attend one of our four regional casting calls around the country, see below.*

Go to to download an application and see what you need to bring with you to an open call.



Saturday July 11th & Sunday, July 12th
10:00am – 2:00pm

Fredric Snitzer Gallery
Tuesday, July 14th
10:00am – 2:00pm

School of the Art Institute : Sullivan Galleries : 33 State Street
Thursday, July 16th
10:00am – 2:00pm

White Columns
Saturday, July 18th & Sunday, July 19th
10:00am – 2:00pm

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Finding the Next Young British Artists –

Finding the Next Young British Artists –

charlesCharles Saatchi’s art world claim to fame is his discovery of Damien Hirst and the other artists of the YBA (Young British Artist) movement in the early 90’s. In an effort to recreate the success of the YBA movement Saatchi, in conjunction with the BBC, has launched a new art competition called Saatchi’s Best of British. According to the competition website:

“Saatchi’s Best Of British is a nationwide initiative by the BBC and Charles Saatchi to discover the next generation of artistic talent. It’s a unique opportunity for artists of all kinds. And, for one, the ultimate opportunity awaits as Saatchi has reserved a space for their work at his forthcoming exhibition at The Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. This will be a glittering highlight in the art calendar, providing an international platform for the successful artist to showcase their work and gather widespread recognition.”

Fifty artists will be chosen from the entries received and will have the opportunity to present their work to Charles Saatchi during a private exhibition. Of these fifty artists, six will be chosen by Saatchi to go on to the next stage of the competition which involves attending a London art school for three months. During the art school period, each of the six artists will devise an original art project of their own which they will produce under the guidance of two principal tutors and important figures from the art world. The successful graduates of the art school will then go on to present the work that they created during the art school period to Saatchi who will decide which artists he wants to include as part of the “Newspeak: British Art Now” exhibition that will be shown in Russia in October.

If you feel that you have what it takes to be the next YBA then you need to submit your entry before the 29th of March 2009. Further information on the competition and entry details can be found here:

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

MYARTSPACE 2008 Scholarship Winners –

MYARTSPACE 2008 Scholarship Winners –

MYARTSPACE (, the awesome online venue for the contemporary art world, has just announced the winners of the 2008 MYARTSPACE undergraduate cash scholarship competition.   The scholarship is intended for students who exhibits exceptional artistic excellence in all mediums of the visual arts including photography and video, both contemporary and traditional in nature. The scholarship arises from the commitment to supporting artists develop their skills and careers.  According Catherine McCormack-Skiba, the founder and CEO of MYARTSPACE, “We had entries to the scholarship program from students at over 1,200 colleges and universities”
MYARTSPACE will be launching their 2009 scholarship program later this year so if you think you have what it takes you had better get creating !!.  Further information on the scholarship program can be found here:
Undergraduate Competition Prize Money:
1st prize: $5000  
2nd prize: $2000  
3rd prize: $1000
Below are the top-3 winners of the undergraduate competition and the winner of the iPhone. The winning undergraduate students will split $8000 in cash scholarships. To see the 50 finalists, click HERE.

First Place Winner: Sara Susin (Stanford University)
Sara Susin was born in Denver, Colorado. She is currently completing her BA at Stanford University with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Creative Writing. She has been painting at the Art Students League of Denver since 1990. She has taken classes from Heather Delzell, Kevin Weckbach, Kim English, Ron Hicks, Ken Velastro and Quang Ho. In 2004, Sara won the Allied Arts Award. In 2005 she was highlighted in Southwest Art Magazine’s annual “21 under 30” feature. Sara has sold paintings to private and corporate collections including the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Collection. Sara plans to pursue a career as an oil painter. To read an interview with Sara, Click HERE.

Back to the Sun, 40″ x 48″, oil on wood. Sara Susin‘s Winning Gallery

Second Place Winner: Jessica Brown (University of Alaska)
Jessica Brown is completing her BA in Art degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jessica has participate in a number of solo and group exhibits. In her own words “I believe in the off-kilter, the beauty of the asymmetrical, and the balance of opposition. I revel in the surprising, messy and often humorous nature of life. My works are inspired by the question marks surrounding cultural dualities such as mind/body, man/nature, and self/other. Whether with painting, performance, or installations my aim is to stimulate introspective dialogue in my viewer and expand their intrigue of the absurdities of life.” To Read an interview with Jessica, click HERE.

Match Book, altered book, ink and matches. Jessica Brown’s Winning Gallery

Third Place Winner: Zach Stein (University of Kentucky)
Zach Stein’s installations, monotypes, and paintings tend to be experimental in nature. This is achieved by the fact that Zach utilizes a variety of mediums in an intuitive manner– everything from hot glue to rum. He is an artist who is not afraid to test the limits of his materials. Zach is currently a student at the University of Kentucky. Zach is currently and undergraduate student in art education/studio at University of Kentucky. To read an interview with Zach, click HERE

faulter, 60×60, acrylic on plastic bags. Zach Stein’s Winning Gallery

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.