Oxygen Media Paints the Town with New Competition Series "Street Art Throwdown" | Oxygen
The contestants are given opportunities to create vibrant art in never-before-seen ways, with challenges ranging from murals to installations and 3D paintings to guerilla art. Real-life brands participating in the series include Polaroid and D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Each episode will feature two challenges testing the artists’ abilities and drive, beginning with a mini art-stunt dubbed “The Hustle,” where the contestants must create a quick piece while confronted by environmental obstacles. The winner is given an advantage in the next challenge, “The Throwdown.” In this elimination round, the competing artists will be tested on their stamina, strength and efficiency as they create a large-form piece or mural in hard to reach locations and under harsh conditions. Joining BUA on the judges’ panel is the Director of Pop International Galleries, Lauren Wagner, who brings a fresh perspective to the competition and demonstrates that there is an ability to merge the gallery and street art worlds together.
Justin BUA; Executive Producer, Host and Co-Judge
A groundbreaking, award-winning artist for over 20 years, Justin BUA began his career in the world of commercial art, designing and illustrating a myriad of projects from sports opening sequences and CD covers to video games and advertising campaigns. He is internationally known for his best-selling collection of fine art posters and has a vast list of clients including brands such as Target and Nike, as well as prominent figures such as former President Bill Clinton and Eva Longoria. Recently, BUA was appointed to the prestigious Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC), which evaluates all stamp proposals received by the United States Postal Service. In June 2013, BUA became the first artist to launch an online school with ArtistWorks, allowing beginning and advanced students around the world to study his curriculum and interact one-on-one through video exchange.
Lauren Wagner; Co-Judge
An expert in the exhibition of artists across various platforms with over a decade of experience, Lauren Wagner is the Director of Pop International Galleries. After graduating from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration, she went on to study at Johns Hopkins University to get her Master of Arts in Museum Studies. While working in Miami, she built up her clientele to over 60 of the city's most talented artists across various galleries and exhibitions. In 2012, Wagner switched to the profitable art market of Manhattan where she oversees two locations. With a deep interest in pop and urban art, Wagner has a unique ability to build intelligent and up-and-coming collections for her clients and galleries.