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Artists, ready your palettes: Tosa seeks artists for bracket-style tourney

Artists, ready your palettes. The City of Wauwatosa is teaming with NEWaukee on a unique four-day, bracket-style live painting tournament, June 3-6.

Sixty-four artists from around the country will go head-to-head (based on randomized pairings) in a two-hour session painting a work based on a predetermined theme on a 2x3-foot canvas. The public is invited to watch and to vote.

The top vote-getters advance to the next round.

"Live art making is an incredible performance and takes great skill. We look forward to celebrating artists and welcoming visitors to local Wauwatosa businesses for this special experience," said Tosa Director of Administrative Services Melissa Weiss.

Applications to participate can be found at and are due by midnight CST on Monday, March 9. There is no application fee. Artists will be selected by NEWaukee and the Art64 Advisory Council, comprising representatives from City of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network and Cuatro Uno Cuatro, and will be notified of acceptance on April 1.

Each participating artist in Round 1 (Wednesday, June 3, noon) will get a $50 stipend, a 2'x3' canvas for each round, an easel and drop cloth.

The 32 second-round (Thursday, June 4) artists will each receive $100, the sweet 16 (Friday, June 5) artists will each get $150 and the final eight each earn $500.

In the final round (Saturday, June 6), those eight artists will compete for $20,000 and a residency at Serendipity Labs in Wauwatosa, where they can show their work.

"We are excited to produce this signature art experience in Wauwatosa," says Jeremy Fojut, chief idea officer and co-founder of NEWaukee.

"As part of NEWaukee's mission, we're proud to provide a platform for artists and small businesses to build and connect to new audiences."

The event is the latest in a series held by Wauwatosa, including sculpture competitions and exhibitions in Hart Park and last summer's initiative that resulted in six murals being painted on buildings along North Avenue in East Tosa.

For more information and to apply, visit


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