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Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Work of Art’ Debuts Tonight

Posted by on June 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM EST

The new Bravo show ‘Work of Art’ debuts tonight, which is produced by Sarah Jessica Parker. The lively new reality competition is said to have more drama than ‘Top Chef’.

Producer Sarah Jessica Parker and host China Chow are confident ‘Work of Art’ will be a huge success. Both claim they will be satisfied if just one viewer simply becomes inspired to be creative by watching the show. Fourteen different artists of all ages will compete for $100,000 and a chance to show their work at the Brooklyn Museum. In tonight’s premiere episode, the artists are challenged to paint a portrait of a fellow contestant using any technique they wish. Each artist is so diverse, tension and drama fills the studio within a matter of minutes.

The judging panel consists of Jerry Saltz, a New York Magazine Art critic, and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Bill Powers, who both are gallery owners. They will critic each artist’s work and send someone home each episode throughout the first season of ‘Work of Art’.

Host of ‘Work of Art’ China Chow reported, “They’ll surprise you. There are some contestants you think, ‘This one’s gonna win the whole thing.’ I saw audition tapes … them talking about their previous work and all that kind of stuff, and based on that, I thought I had it all figured out. Boy, was I wrong.”

The artists competing on the first season of ‘Work of Art’ consist of:

Abdi The Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art selected Abdi into their program in 2008, and he has spent the past year studying abroad in Southern France.
Amanda- Serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the California College of the Arts.
Erik– Filmmaker
Jaclyn- From Long Island City, NY. Has her own art studio in a professional artist community.
Jaime Lynn- Currently “living off art”.
John- From Los Angeles, CA. Art studio manager.
Judith- Resides in New York, NY. Currently working on solo exhibitions.
Mark- Fry cook by day, photographer by night.
Miles- Studio assistant. The youngest artist ever to receive a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.
Nao- From upstate New York. Currently teaches New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York.
Nicole- The founder of KNS design collective. She also operates as a freelance design consultant, and is currently developing a collection for Ralph Lauren Home.
Peregrine- From Kansas City, MO. Currently curates projects and annual events under the umbrella “Fahrenheit” and owns a lingerie boutique “Birdies”.
Ryan- Since high school, Ryan has lived solely off his art through prize money, commissions and teaching private art lessons.
Trong- From Brooklyn, NY. He is currently working on a “metaphysical GPS” application for the iPhone and his artist-as-company project, Humanitarians Not Heroes.

‘Work of Art’ debuts tonight at 11:00 p.m. EST. on Bravo.



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