Bravo, Nao Bustamante!
Yes, let’s just call it what it is – “American Idol” for artists.
And performance and video artist Nao Bustamante – who teaches New Media and Live Art at RPI in Troy – is among the 14 artists on the show competing for the grand prize – a solo exhibition at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum, as well as $100,000.
Actress/model/art fan China Chow is hosting the new series, and she’ll also serve on the panel of judges alongside Bill Powers (Half Gallery owner and literary art contributor), Jerry Saltz (art critic at New York Magazine) and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (art curator and owner of Salon 94 gallery) and a different weekly celebrity judge.
In each episode, the 14 artists face the challenge of creating artworks in a variety of mediums – painting, sculpture, photography, collage and industrial design.
On her website, Bustamante has also posted a helpful guide for “Work of Art” viewing parties. For instance, purchase a Nao Bustamante t-shirt – three different designs are currently available – and proudly wear it to the party to proclaim your allegiance. As Bustamante astutely points out, “Remember, I can’t sell out, if I don’t make money.”
In addition to the debut airing at 11pm Wednesday, the debut episode will also be shown at 2am Wednesday (really Thursday morning), 3am Saturday (Sunday morning) and 9am Sunday.
And if you happen to be out on the west coast later this month, Bustamante’s next art exhibition opens at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco on Saturday, June 19. The exhibit runs through Saturday, July 17.
Good luck, Nao. Nippertown is rootin’ for ya!