Auditions for Bravo’s new art-oriented reality show to be held in Chicago this month

July 1, 2009 · Print This Article

Forget all the news about Chicago city arts grants, potentially major boosts to NEA funding, and all that other boring crap. I would be remiss were I not to inform Chicago artists about this fabulous opportunity, no? Bravo is launching a new counterpart to its Top Chef, Top Designer, put-12-aspiring-whatevers-into-a-weekly competitive-lineup-and-get-them-to-cry franchise, but this time it’s devoted to makers of contemporary art. Finally, artists are getting their due!

The L.A. Times reports that, “according to the application instructions for potential contestants, the show’s producers are looking for ‘emerging or mid-career’ artists who work in any number of the following fields: painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography and mixed-media.”

Everybody thinks this show’s gonna suck, but I actually have very high hopes for SJP’s (that’s Sarah Jessica Parker to those of you not in the celeb gossip loop) newest television venture. I didn’t know she was into contemporary art, but I’m not interested in that angle of celebrity worship, Brad Pitt notwithstanding. Top Chef looked like it wouldn’t work (who wants to watch a reality show about food, we all thought) and we were wrong, wrong, wrong. Hopefully, the naysayers will be disproved once again and we’ll get some great television out of this.

Art Fag City is speculating that Matthew Higgs might be one of the judges (or maybe even the Top guy, a la Tom Colicchio?) but I truly hope this is not the case. Higgs is all wrong for this. Please God, let it be Schimmel instead. He’s probably looking for a job right now, and he would be absolutely perfect. Now, who should they pick for his junior underlings? I can think of so many possibilities…but perhaps it would be mean to hazard any further guesses? Up here, anyway–but feel free to do so in the comments.

Paul Schimmel

Paul Schimmel

Now, getting back to the critical business at hand: the Chicago audition information is as follows:

Thursday, July 16, 10 AM – 2 PM, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, 33 State Street (www.saic.edu).

See you on the small screen.

4 Responses to “Auditions for Bravo’s new art-oriented reality show to be held in Chicago this month”

  1. For you old school BAS-ers, we had Christopher Sperandio on, the guy behind Art Star. It’s the one show we pulled. I think MTV was mad, or some such.

    http://www.papermag.com/?section=article&parid=1408

  2. […] read a few articles about this now. Art Fag City gives the full details about how to apply. Bad At Sports calls it another addition to the  ”competitive-lineup-and-get-them-to-cry franchise”. […]

  3. Hey this sounds great.
    I’m from the UK and I’m a Visual Artist, whats the slection criteria, do the auditionees have to be American only or is it open to artists from other countries??

    Daryl

  4. […] is a good post about it here, and the auditions are on Thursday, July 16, 10 AM – 2 PM, School of the Art Institute of […]

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