We <3 The Art

Do you like art?

Well you’re in luck. 1.2M OP (or ~$4M) is up for grabs in Optimism’s first onchain art competition.

Submissions close this Monday - January 8th so don’t wait!

Marketed as the “onchain American Idol” - creators can submit two pieces of art to the following categories:

  • Music

  • 1/1s

  • AI Art

  • Generative Art

Simply head to this site to submit art minted across one of the following platforms.

Keep in mind that all Superchain networks are eligible - meaning you can mint your work on Optimism, Base or Zora Network.

NOTE: You must submit a newly minted piece of art - meaning you can not submit something that was already minted prior to the campaign.

Each category features a 300K prize pool broken down as follows:

  • 1st Tier - 50K OP (~$175k) 2 winners

  • 2nd Tier - 20K OP (~$70k)  5 winners

  • 3rd Tier - 7K OP (~$24.5k) 10 winners

  • 4th Tier - 1K OP ($3.5k) 30 winners

All with a unique group of judges:



AI Art

Generative Art

Judging is broken down into the following rubric:

  • Originality - Does the art have a unique perspective?

  • Creativity - How creatively has the creator conveyed their message or idea?

  • Conceptual Depth - Does the work communicate some underlying meaning beyond its visual or auditory effect?

  • Aesthetic Impact - How impressed are the judges with the overall quality and execution of the art?

Why Should I Care?

Taking a step back - We <3 the Art is a pretty historic moment for onchain art.

With Optimism on a recent tear after becoming the home for onchain music - there is literally no better way to further cement yourself in this community than by submitting a song for the contest.

When thinking of what to submit - keep the following in mind:

  • How does this contribute to the wider conversation around the adoption of crypto and L2s?

  • How does this art play into the Superchain narrative?

  • What is the wider story or intention behind this piece?

  • How will you use the prize tokens to further the intention of your submission?

More broadly - be vocal about your submission on Twitter! The intention of the competition is to celebrate onchain art - so celebrate!

Host Spaces, write articles, make content - whatever comes to mind! We are proud advocates of We <3 the Art here at Invest in Music and want to give the whole Optimism team a huge shout out for creating such a monumental contest.

We’ll be back with coverage of the winning music submissions but until then… go submit some art!

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