Fernson Brewery
1400 East Robur Dr, Sioux Falls

Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM
Doors Open at 6:30

SDAF is excited to bring you an Art Battle, a live competitive painting event. The theme for the work will be revealed at the beginning of the event. Using the theme, artists will create the best work they can across three timed rounds. During each round, a new medium will be used. As the artists work, the audience is invited to move around the easels, allowing an up close view of the creative process.

At the end of the round, the audience will vote for their favorite piece of art. The winning artist will be rewarded with a prize.

During the battle, enjoy a Fernson taproom beverage courtesy of ADwërks.

On Friday, conference attendees will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction to take the artwork home. The money earned from each piece of art will be donated to a non-profit of the highest-bidders choice.

Participating Artists


Caitlin Pisha

Caitlin is a graphic designer, web designer, illustrator, and artist. She creates to explore—experimenting with imaginative illustrations, designs, watercolors, and color pencil drawings.

You can see her work at


Marci Smith

Marci is a teaching artist and lifelong resident of Sioux Falls. She received her BFA from the University of South Dakota, where she emphasized in Painting and Education, and minored in Art History. When not in the classroom, she draws, paints, collages, and creates cyanotypes.

Some of her recent work can be seen on her shop.


Tonya Stromsness

Tonya Stromsness is a South Dakota Native that currently resides in Brandon, South Dakota. She is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts, emphasis in Graphic Design and a Painting Minor. Tonya took her first art class at SDSU and quickly fell in love. She loves painting large bold images that experiment with both color and texture. While painting, she seeks to push the traditional boundaries, often painting with found objects, and non-traditional painting tools.

Competition Rules

  1. Artists have 90 minutes to create their painting, in three 30 minute rounds.

  2. Artists are provided with one 24x36" canvas, cleaning towels, a water container, *acrylic paint, and **markers.

  3. One medium will be used per round. Artists will be supplied with markers and acrylic paint to be used during two rounds. Each artist will bring a third medium of their choice for one round. Mediums may be used in any round order.

  4. Artists may use any non-mechanical tools: brushes, palette knives, rollers, sponges, tape etc.

  5. Pre-made images or stencils are not permitted.

  6. Artists may not mix paint until the round begins.

  7. Reference material is not permitted at the easel.

*Acrylic Colors: Titanium White, Black, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
**Marker Colors: Acrylic Broad-Point Markers in Yellow, Red, Blue, Black