Battle of the Brushes

Artists Wanted!!

Think you've got what it takes? We're looking for 5 artists to compete in a live, timed painting competition on 5/7/2022! $250 cash prize!

Interested? Please send us an email ( with your contact information, samples of your artwork, and why you want to compete.

Deadline to apply: Saturday, March 12, 2022. Notified by email: March 17, 2022.
In addition to participating in BOTB, the five selected artists can bring 2 pieces to hang in our Mini Gallery during the month of May 2022.

FIVE ARTISTS (TBD) will be bringing their creativity, brushes and competitive spirit for the Art Center of Burlington's Battle of the Brushes: Live Painting Competition on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Here is the twist....

....the subject and theme to be painted is revealed just minutes before the painting begins at 5PM!

Here are the details:

  • A 22x28 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.
 After the competition, the paintings will be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Art Center. The money raised from raffle tickets will go towards operating expenses of ACB to help continue to offer quality gallery exhibits, classes for all ages, and other opportunities for artists. 

Doors open at 4:30pm. Gallery Lounge will be open with a cash bar offering light appetizers, wine, and beer. Live music by Jared Rouggly.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door! Stop into the Art Center to save your spot.

The five selected artists get the opportunity to showcase a couple of their pieces in the Art Center Mini Gallery in May.

2020 Winner: David Garrison

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