Art 64 enriched a local artist with $20,000

This content is in partnership with Newaukee. This past weekend, the City of Wauwatosa and NEWaukee hosted ART 64, a bracket-style live paint tournament, in the village of Tosa.

ART 64 featured 64 artists from across the country. After four rounds of competition, artist Benjamin Otten received the most votes and the grand prize of $20,000.

“The work the artists were able to create in 90 minutes or less was impressive,” said Wyatt Tinder, vice president of marketing and communications for the event.

All works created during the event have been sold. Seventy percent of proceeds went directly to artists and 30 percent to the Wauwatosa Parks Improvement Fund.

Otten, who won the final round by 33 votes, painted a 24 x 66 inch harbor scene in watercolor in 90 minutes.

“It’s still a bit surreal to have painted among so many talented artists and finally reached the top. I’m absolutely honored to have been there with each of them doing what we do best. and really humbled that so many people have appreciated and supported my work,” says Otten.

Otten is originally from Oconomowoc and currently resides in Pewaukee. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from UW-Milwaukee.


“Since graduating in 2017, I have explored and refined my style to merge architecture and watercolor in a way that visually evokes the connection between viewer and subject through atmosphere, mood and composition,” says Otten.

Otten says he hopes to use the money for a road trip and visiting towns with outdoor painting opportunities.

“I would also really like to relax and focus on the next chapter of my work,” says Otten.

ART 64 is expected to happen again in 2023. Companies or organizations interested in getting involved can email [email protected]

Discover the work of Benjamin Otten via his website and Instagram

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