The BEST Episodes of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020
This competitive series brings together 14 aspiring artists to compete for a solo show at a nationally recognized museum and a cash prize. Each week they are presented with a new challenge to prove their talent and skills.
#1 - The Big Show
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 21, 2011
The final contestants have been sent home to prepare a full solo exhibition. Climaxing in a large-scale gala opening at Phillips de Pury, the finalists present their collections to the judging panel, complete with guest judge KAWS, to determine who will be “The Next Great Artist.”
#2 - Art Movement
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 19, 2011
In the second challenge the artists must use their bodies in the most creative and inventive way to move from one point to the other on a certain parkour.
#3 - The Big Show
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 11, 2010
The finalists are sent home to prepare a solo exhibition.
#4 - Back to School
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 2, 2011
The remaining artists are paired with school children and have to create a piece of art inspired by them. Their workplaces areturned into a kid's art classroom.
#5 - Exile on Main Street
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 14, 2011
The remaining artists are taken to a small town in Hudson Valley. They have to create a classic Americana artifact from materials collected from the town.
#6 - Kitsch Me If You Can
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 2011
The artists must use pieces of "bad" art, such as a painting of dogs playing checkers, a velvet cowboy, and a sculptural golden peacock as their canvas.
#7 - La Dolce Arte
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 30, 2011
The artists have to transform Fiat 500 Automobile parts in to art pieces.Performance artist and automotive designer Liz Cohen joins as guest judge.
#8 - Street Dealers
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 16, 2011
The artists are challenged to leave their mark on New York with a work that embodies the subversion of street art.
#9 - Opposites Attract
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2010
Paired artists create works about opposing forces.
#10 - Natural Talents
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 4, 2010
Artists draw inspiration from their surroundings at a nature preserve.
#11 - The Shape of Things to Come
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 16, 2010
The artists must use a trash heap as their canvas, and Jon Kessler joins the judging panel.
#12 - Ripped From the Headlines
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 9, 2011
The remaining artists are visiting The New York Times. There they have to find a striking headline in bins of newspapers and create an artwork, which tells the story behind the headline.
#13 - Self-Reflexive
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 9, 2010
Flip through shots of the contestants creating innovative cover art for a classic novel to be judged by author Jonathan Santlofer!
#14 - Make it Pop
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 26, 2011
Inspired by Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Tomato Juice Box" the next great artists have to create their own piece of pop art. The winner will receive a spread in Entertainment Weekly.
#15 - Sell Out
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 7, 2011
The remaining artists are taken by Simon De Pury to the streets of New York, where they have to sell a piece of art to the public. This challenge will be executed working in teams.
#16 - A Shock to the System
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 30, 2010
Artists must create a memorable piece that reflects important personal issues.
#17 - Judging a Book by Its Cover
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 23, 2010
The artists must create innovative cover art for a classic novel.
#18 - Art That Moves You
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 7, 2010
The artists must create a piece inspired by their drive through Manhattan.
#19 - Child's Play
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 21, 2010
Artists must create a work that symbolizes the moment their artistic expression began.
#20 - Open to the Public
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 14, 2010
Artists must creat a large-scale, outdoor installation piece.