Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rising Stars : The Winners!

We are happy to say we had some sincerely amazing work to sift through this year. Choosing just four artists to represent our Muddy Colors Rising Stars for 2017 was exceptionally difficult.

These four Artists will receive free exhibition space at the next Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, hanging literally right alongside other Muddy Colors Artists. In addition to the free booth space, each artist will also receive a $100 cash bonus to help them print business cards, posters, or whatever else they may need. ( I would like to extend a VERY special 'Thank You!' to all of our Patreon supporters who made this cash bonus entirely possible. We are trying hard to put your funds to the best use possible.)

So with that said,
our Muddy Colors Rising Stars for 2017 are...

Kai Carpenter

Kirbi Fagan

Daria Theodora

Reiko Murakami

We had a jury of 10 Members look through the work submitted. Each artist could receive a maximum of 10 votes, one from each judge. There were so many fantastic artists that really did miss out by just a vote or two.

So we would like to take a moment to recognize some other very notable Contenders...

1st Runner Up: Nicholas Elias

Honorable Mentions:

Top Row (L-R): Bernard Lee, Kaysha Siemens, Steven Hughes, Hilary Clarcq
Bottom Row (L-R): Johan Grenier, Kimonas, Colin Boyer


  1. WOW, thank you very much guys for this reward, it's an honor to be part of the honorable mentions considering the high level of skills showcase here!

    Congratulations to the winners who clearly deserves it :).

    I wish each one of you a great day, mine already is.


    1. By the looks of your painting you very much deserved this! Such a cool color palette you used.

    2. Fantastic work, Johan. We were all really impressed. You could just as easily have been in the top 4 imo, it really just come down to taste preference for some judges. Please be sure to submit again next year!

  2. Thank you so much for offering this opportunity, and congratulations to the winners! Such beautiful work represented here!

    1. Thanks for submitting, Hillary. Your work was certainly one of the highlights.

    2. Thank you! It really means so much to hear that!

  3. Amazing work! Thanks for putting the effort into showcasing up and coming artists, and congratulations to the winners! It's an honor to be included in the honorable mentions category. Thank you so much!

  4. Such beautiful pieces! Well done everybody!

  5. I'm in complete awe and it's so motivating to see these awesome paintings! Thanks for organizing this and congratulations to the winners!

  6. Congrats guys! it was so hard to judge!

  7. So cool to see two of the ladies from my semester of SmART School getting the recognition they deserve! All the winners and hon. mentions are gorgeous, thoroughly well deserved!

  8. I just wanted to thank you so much for the Honorable Mention.

    Amazing level of skills showcased here, congrats to the winners!

    Well done!


  9. Thank you to Muddy Colors and to the Judges for running this contest! Opportunities like these don't come along very often. The winners are fantastic and inspiring, absolutely deserving of the prize. I'm really honored to have been runner up - thanks again!

  10. Wow, look at all this talent. Kai Carpenter is actually one of my favorite artists, to be honest! Congrats to everyone.

  11. Yikes, so sorry for such a delayed reaction, but wow, thank you so much for the honorable mention! Those who won the awards won them so utterly deservedly, I'm just amazed to have gotten anywhere close. Congratulations to everyone!

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