Visual artist reality series open casting calls July 11-19

Just received this email from the production company that did Project Runway and Top Chef.  They are casting a new show that will showcase emerging visual artists creating and competing on Bravo.

Full info on how to apply is available at

Love or hate reality TV, this ought to be interesting. And don't you think it's high time that artists are given their due alongside dancers, musicians, chefs, worm-eaters, and show-all celebrities?


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

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10 comments to Visual artist reality series open casting calls July 11-19

  • Ha, what a hoot. Most of the really talented artists I know are such shy introverts. Should be a fun casting challenge.

  • I cannot believe you would promote this. 🙁

  • We watch these new format reality competitions & get involved in why & why not candidates were picked…Does Adam Lambert ring a bell? This is going to be a fun ride…& the fallout has to be good for the rest of us…even if it’s bad it’s going to be good…

  • Burnell Yow!

    We need more cooperation among artists (and folks in general), not more competition. The whole culture of I’m better than you, my country’s better than yours, my religion the one true faith, etc. unsettles me. One thing I love about being an artist is that I don’t feel in competition with other artists. I feel a camaraderie and a desire to celebrate the successes of one another, and I find that attitude to be pervasive in the artistic community. As Ben Franklin once said, “We’ll either hang together, or we’ll hang separately.”

  • While I have watched Project Runway as a guilty pleasure, I wonder how are artists whose works are so diverse (painters, sculptors, photographers, etc.) going to be able to “compete” or why they would want to in such a toxic and contrived environment. At least with the other shows there is a common denominator (food or fabric) with which the participants have always worked.

    I can’t think of a greater death knell of creativity for the visual artist than a process of this nature.

  • Many of these types of shows test the contenders’ ability to problem-solve and think on their feet. Those skills are critical to an artist, though certainly not the only skills necessary. A show like this may not be the best representation of what it takes to be an artist, but I agree it should make for interesting viewing.

    No, I wouldn’t audition. Besides, my paintings have been a little pitchy lately.

  • Maybe it will be entertaining is a dark sort of way, but for the life of me I can’t imagine the studio executives are going to select artists destined to create genuinely fine art. This seems to just turn thing one their heads.

  • I can’t help but think that this will encourage more meaningless shock art and celebrity stardom strivings in the art world. Yeah….just what we need.

  • Fine art takes time. This venue puts artists in a circus environment. The usual unusual work will most likely be for the lowest common denominator spectator. My feeling that give my work its strength can not be turned off and on like a trained seal.
    Thanks for the info anyway.

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