Some art will die. Save the art.

Infamous from coast-to-coast, 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.

Art vs. Art is an art competition featuring side-by-side face-offs between same-day created paintings. Artists compete head-to-head for the huge $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.

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Main Event

Friday, September 23, 2016
The Vogue
10 PM to Midnight
Doors open at 8 PM
Voting ends at 9:30 PM
$12 in advance/$15 at the event

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How It Works

Art vs Art is a one-of-a-kind painting competition for a grand prize of $4,000. On Paint Day, each artist has a maximum of four hours to complete his or her painting. Every artist who receives a canvas must enter the painting in the competition. No bailing out! Paintings will be identified by their assigned number until the final round auctions at the Main Event (September 23, 2016 at the Vogue - ticket included). $20 to pre register for paint day at the Irving Theatre. $25 for day of registration at Fort Benjamin Harrison and the Irving Theatre. Cash, check and credit card accepted day of. Must be 21 and over to enter competition.

Step 1: Ready, set, paint!

We have 2 paint days this year. At Fort Benjamin Harrison it will be at the Reddick Shelter, Sunday, August 21st from 12-6PM. There is no pre-registration for Fort Harrison because we will be deducting your entrance fee into the park from the ArtvsArt entry fee upon presentation of proof of park entrance fee. It will be $25 less your park entry fee. The Fort Harrison paint day will be different from paint day at the Irving Theatre because it will be geared to a more family atmosphere. There will be no alcohol or food at Fort Harrison because it is a state park, but we are encouraging families to bring their children, who won't be able to enter the contest, but will be able to paint for free and enjoy painting fun.

You can pre-register for paint day at the Irving Theatre on Saturday, August 27th from 10-4pm at Eventbrite for $20, or pay $25 the day of via cash, check or credit card. Paint day at the Irving Theatre will be like our paint days in the past, with SunKing serving beer and pizza from Jockomo's and a more competitively geared atmosphere to the 21 and older crowd. Please contact Brian Short with any questions at

  • an 18x24 canvas
  • a pack of five brushes
  • acrylic paints in red, yellow, blue, black and white

Step 2: Vote online or in person.

Completed paintings are photographed and posted online where site visitors can vote for their three favorites. This year the Art vs Art paintings will be traveling. They can be voted for online as well as at each of these locations on these dates:

  • Anytime: Online. Completed paintings are photographed and posted online at Online voting begins September 4th and runs through September 24th at 5pm.
  • Friday, September 2 6-11pm during First Friday in the Primary Gallery in the Murphy Building 1043 Virginia Ave, suite 217
  • Friday, September 9th from 5-7pm in the Sun King Brewery Downtown, 135 N College Ave
  • Friday, September 16 through Thursday, September 22 at the Broad Ripple Village Association Office at 6323 Guilford Ave
  • Friday, September 23 from 5:30-6:30pm the top 32 will be at Indy CD and Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave
  • Friday, September 23 The Main Event will take place at The Vogue Theatre, Doors are at 8pm Voting ends at 9:30pm, Mayhem starts at 10pm

Step 3: Save the art.

The 32 paintings with the most votes are displayed at the Main Event, held on Friday, September 23, 2016, 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 keep 70% of the sales of their paintings.

Paintings that don't make it to the Top 32 are sold at the event for $50. An auctioneer from Christy's start the bids at a minimum amount depending on the round:

  • Round 1: $200
  • Round 2: $300
  • Round 3: $400
  • Round 4: $500

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 2016 champion and will receive the traveling title belt, full bragging rights, a serenade, and an oversized check for the Grand Prize.

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