RobotArt – the $100,000 Robot Art competition!

The 2017 “2nd Annual” international robotic art competition with $100,000 in cash prizes is now open for team registration.  The contest’s goal is to challenge teams to produce something visually beautiful with robotics – that is, to have a robot use physical brushes and paint to create an artwork.  It’s ideal for students or professionals involved in robotic planning and image processing – especially those who have an appreciation for art. 

There is no cost to enter and any robotic system can be used to produce the artwork. While most teams are using existing robotic arms, the contest is open to custom hardware. Teams can enter up to 6 paintings in each of the competition categories of “original artwork” and “reinterpreted artwork” where a reference image or existing artwork is used as a reference. 

Register your team now!

Want to vote in 2017? – Sign up to be a judge!

Here’s an example of one of the winning entries for the 2016 contest in action.

We will again have a combination of professional art critics, tech celebrities, and the general public score the artwork.  You can also signup now to be notified when it’s time to come see the artwork submissions and vote.

In last years competition, the expectations were modest – get as many teams as possible to setup a robot that can do any sort of painting.  I believe that we succeeded.  In total, there were 16 teams from 7 countries who submitted over 70 different artworks!

Winners were determined based on a combination of public voting (over 2200 people with a Facebook account voted), 5 judges consisting of working artists, critics, and technologists, and by how well the team met the spirit of the competition – that is, to create something beautiful using a physical brush and robotics and to share what they learned with others.  Below are a few of the submissions from last here – click here to see the team winners of the 2016 Robot Art Competition.

Albert Einstein

Crowd Source George Washington

Crowdsourced Washington

Patrick Tabarelli, 2015, {M}, 200x400cm


Patrick Tabarelli, {CA}, 2015, liquid watercolor on cotton paper, 210x240cm (70x40cm each)


Isaac Asimov Portrait

Isaac Asimov

Warholized Marilyn Monroe

Picassnake's paint of 'How Far by Greek Riots'

How Far by Greek Riots

Layers of Sunrise

Haptic Art

Read more about robotic art and the philosophy behind the competition.