The BEST Episodes of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Network: Bravo

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.

The Big Show

#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.”

star 8.09
33 votes
Art Movement

#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.

star 7.31
35 votes
The Big Show

#3 - The Big Show

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 11, 2010

The finalists are sent home to prepare a solo exhibition.

star 7.29
38 votes
Back to School

#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.

star 7.27
33 votes
Exile on Main Street

#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.

star 7.26
34 votes
Kitsch Me If You Can

#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.

star 7.22
36 votes
La Dolce Arte

#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.

star 7.22
32 votes
Street Dealers

#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.

star 7.19
36 votes
Opposites Attract

#9 - Opposites Attract

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2010

Paired artists create works about opposing forces.

star 7.18
33 votes
Natural Talents

#10 - Natural Talents

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 4, 2010

Artists draw inspiration from their surroundings at a nature preserve.

star 7.13
32 votes
The Shape of Things to Come

#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.

star 7.12
33 votes
Ripped From the Headlines

#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.

star 7.12
34 votes
Self-Reflexive

#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!

star 7.11
36 votes
Make it Pop

#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.

star 7.06
32 votes
Sell Out

#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.

star 7.06
34 votes
A Shock to the System

#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.

star 7.03
32 votes
Judging a Book by Its Cover

#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.

star 7.00
30 votes
Art That Moves You

#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.

star 6.97
34 votes
Child's Play

#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.

star 6.88
33 votes
Open to the Public

#20 - Open to the Public

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 14, 2010

Artists must creat a large-scale, outdoor installation piece.

star 6.80
5 votes