Battle of the Brushes 2017

Battle of the Brushes 2017

Welcome to Battle of the Brushes 2017 presented by ™.

This year’s Battle of the Brushes presented by ™ was a huge success!! On June 17th, Artists, most painting live for the first time, prepared themselves for the opportunity to win $250 and the title of Brush Master.  Read More Here


Battle of the Brushes II

You may have missed out on this year’s event, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss Battle of the Brushes II.  Plans are already underway for an even better event next year!  If you would like to stay “in the know”, complete the form below and we’ll you’ll be among the first to be notified once we announce!

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See this year’s official contest rules here.

Participation Categories

Canvas Artists – Registration Closed

As a Canvas Artist, you will be painting in the more traditional sense on a provided canvas panel.

We will provide: 

  • 18″ x 24″ canvas panel
  • Starter amount of paint
  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Plastic disposable aprons
  • Disposable paint palettes
  • Water and water containers

Artists Responsibility:

  • You must provide your own floor standing easel
  • Additional paints / colors
  • Additional draping if needed
  • Non-mechanical tools to aid in their creation (including brushes)

Body Canvas Artists – Registration Closed

As a Body Canvas Artist, you will be tasked with painting on live models.  Models may be male or female, must have genitals / breast area (for women) covered, and should be comfortable or open to mannequin modeling for 45 min.   You must paint 1/2 of the body (only front will be necessary) either waist up, or a split down the middle.

We will provide:

  • Basic body paint to get started
  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Chair
  • Plastic disposable aprons
  • Disposable paint palettes
  • Water and water containers

Artists Responsibility:

  • Additional paints / colors
  • Additional draping if needed
  • Non-mechanical tools to aid in their creation (including brushes)

Models – Registration Closed

Models will not be required to pay the $25 registration fee but instead must be accompanying a competing artist to the event.  Body Canvas Artists will be responsible for finding their own models however, if we find there is a need, we will be holding a model call for up to 10 models.

If you would like to be considered and contacted should we do a model call, please click “Body Canvas Models” below to be added to the list.

Performing Artists – Registration Closed

We’re looking for bands, individual musicians, vocalists and spoken word artists who are looking to showcase their talents and who can help to keep the energy high during the event.  Musicians must come with their own amps and equipment.

  • Bands (Limit of 2)
  • Individual Musicians
  • Vocalists
  • Spoken Word Artists

Time Limits TBD

**As we want to continue to provide opportunities to all talent, we give first preference to those who have not already performed in a event.

Pre-Event and Event Day Volunteers

Volunteers help to make it all possible and we appreciate your selfless support!  We are looking for volunteers 17 years of age and up to help us before and during the event.  This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to be immersed in an intensely exciting and artistic event.  If you are looking to get in some volunteer time and have fun while doing so, we’d love to have you!  Some of the things we need help with are:


  • Constructing event props
  • Distributing flyers
  • Photographers
  • Artist Call / Model Call Assistants

Event Day

  • Set-up /Take down
  • Greeters
  • Event Runners
  • Registration

Virtual Vendor Opportunities

Virtual Vendors are back!!  What better way to network with a room full of people even if you don’t officially meet them.. and for only $5!  Vendor bags will be distributed to all guests until they are gone.  Drop in:

  • Business Cards
  • Flyers to Upcoming Events
  • Band / Gig Schedules
  • Promotional Items
  • Samples
  • Etc…

You decide and we’ll hand them out at the door.  We’ll be handing out up to 150 bags at the Battle of the Brushes.  You just have to decide how many “households” you want to be in!  (50 bag min)

Thank You for Considering a Sponsorship!

All of your contributions help us to not only put on a spectacular event that is not only unique to the WNY area but also helps us to further the message that the arts are important.  Many lives have been changed through the expression of art – both visual and performing and we feel it’s our duty to ensure these artists can be seen AND heard!