Local artist wins first round of new reality show


The contestants of “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”

Image by Andrew Eccles, Andrew Eccles/bravo

Last night Bravo debuted its new reality show “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” which pits fourteen aspiring artists against one another to compete for both a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and $100,000.

One of those fourteen artists is Minneapolis resident Miles Mendenhall, and in the first hour of the series Miles emerged triumphant from the initial challenge – to create a portrait of one of the other contestants in less than thirteen hours. Mendenhall created a death portrait of colleague “Nao” (the contestants go by first names only) assembling a make-shift light studio in the process.

The fact that Mendenhall won the first round means that he can’t be eliminated in the second round.

Want to see the show? You can find it here.

  • Kelly O

    The U of M’s Department of Art, where Miles is a student, is hosting a viewing party every week until Miles wins or is eliminated. The parties are at the Bedlam Theater on the west bank in Minneapolis (at the Cedar-Riverside LRT station), on Bedlam’s rooftop patio.

    They start at 9 pm w/ a replay the previous week’s show, plus reenactment of key scenes using shadow puppets! Then we watch the new show at 10.

    It’s great fun to watch the show with people who know Miles–professors and classmates. Everyone is welcome to join the fun.