Your Guide to Wauwatosa’s Inaugural Event: ART 64

Paint strokes with the text ART 64, a live performance painting tournament

Who says March is the most wonderful time of the year? We’re bringing the bracket back this June for our inaugural ART 64 event — a live, two-day bracket-style painting tournament from June 3-4, 2022. 

We can’t wait to welcome artists and visitors from all around to our charming city to celebrate our collective love for the arts and small, local businesses.

Woman sitting and painting on a canvas

About ART 64

Taking place in Tosa Village and presented by the City of Wauwatosa, ART 64 highlights diverse artists from around the country in a live, tournament-style painting competition. Wander through the streets of The Village to discover 64 competing artists with unique painting styles and backgrounds. 

Artists will be paired to go head-to-head and given two hours to create a work of art on a predetermined theme. The winner of each round will be picked by you!

The Voting Process

Event attendees are not only invited to watch the live painting tournament, but are also encouraged to be a part of the competition by voting on their favorite artist after each match-up. The artist with the most audience votes will continue on to the next round, where they will be randomly paired for their next “head-to-head,” until a final winner of the $20,000 grand prize is announced. 

Pro tip: Make sure to come to the event with a fully charged phone so you can vote for each match-up as the days go on!

Don’t have a device for voting? No problem — there will be an information tent on Harwood Ave to provide assistance.

Person painting on large, colorful canvas

What are the artists painting? 

To keep the event fresh and exciting, artists will have a new pre-determined theme to paint each round: 

  • Round 1 | 64 artists (32 match-ups): Depict a natural landscape or environment. 
  • Round 2 | 32 artists (16 match-ups): Show the audience something about your community or culture. 
  • Round 3 | 16 artists (8 match-ups): Interpret a dream that you’ve had. 
  • Round 4 | 8 artists (4 match-ups — championship round): Create your artistic statement on canvas (aka do what you do best).

Event Happenings

Throughout the two-day event, there will be plenty of outdoor music to enjoy in The Village — including, a pop-up in front of Cafe Hollander and another in Root Common Park

There will also be live dance performances between painting rounds on Friday evening around 7:30PM and Saturday around 5:30PM. 

Plus, be sure to stick around after the first-ever ART 64 champion is announced on Saturday for the Official After Party between Cafe Hollander and Buckatabon.

Person putting final touches on painting

What to Do Around ART 64

If you’re like us, you’ll likely want to visit other can’t-miss attractions during your weekend getaway. Because both days of ART 64 don’t start until the afternoon, there’s plenty of time to see more of our five dynamic districts when you venture out into our charming city. 

Starting Saturday, June 4, Tosa Farmers Market is officially back in Tosa Village. Stop by for a taste of locally-grown, fresh produce and food products crafted by local artisans from 8AM to noon.

From there, don’t miss the chance to see East Tosa’s vibrant, larger-than-life murals created by artists from near and far.

Explore the great outdoors of Wauwatosa with a visit to any of our beautiful parks. You might just stumble upon some pretty incredible surprises, including Hartung Park’s stone labyrinth or Hoyt Park Bridge.

To get the full Tosa experience, shop small with local businesses and boutiques and be on the lookout for ART 64 weekend specials from local establishments throughout the city!

Plus, there are plenty of small shops to explore right in Tosa Village, including Magpie Jewelry & Metal Studio — a unique retail shop, gallery, and creative studio that shows the work of over two dozen jewelers and a rotating number of painters, sculptures, photographers, and functional craftspeople.

Where to Stay

Book your stay at any of our Wauwatosa-area hotels during your visit for an experience that you’ll never forget! 

Plus, there are numerous Tosa hotels offering discounted room rates when you attend the event, including Sonesta Milwaukee West, SpringHill Suites Milwaukee West/Wauwatosa, Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West, and Renaissance Milwaukee West. Visit our offers page for more information on how to save on your stay.  

Discover Wauwatosa wants to ensure you have a safe and healthy travel experience. Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check the local hotel and travel restrictions and retail and restaurant hours/menus before you go. 

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