By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jan 10, 2023 at 11:28 AM

ART 64, a bracket-style live painting tournament with a $20,000 grand prize, will take place June 9-10 in The Village of Wauwatosa, according to Discover Wauwatosa.

This is the second year that 64 artists from across the country will compete. During the competition, members of the public are invited to watch the paintings come to life and vote for their favorite paintings online.

The artist in each pairing with the most votes advances to the next round. In the final round, eight artists compete for a $20,000 grand prize.

The application for artists is available online at All 64 competing artists receive a minimum of $100, with prize money increasing each round.

The deadline for artists to apply is Friday, March 10. There is no fee to apply. A jury of artists and Discover Wauwatosa staff will determine the 64 artists who will compete. Accepted artists will be notified on Friday, March 31.

"ART 64 was honestly the best event I’ve participated in. The caliber of artists was amazing," says Wisconsin-based watercolor artist Ben Otten, who took home the grand prize last year.

The inaugural ART 64 event in 2022 saw 3,000 visitors in The Village of Wauwatosa, thousands of votes cast for artists and 100 tournament paintings sold. 

“We are excited to bring a wide range of artists to Wauwatosa to compete in this one-of-a-kind event. It is an opportunity to showcase their unique talents and allow residents and visitors to experience art and our vibrant community in a completely unique way,” says Melissa Weiss, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Wauwatosa.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.