The Throwdown is the Mobile Arts Council’s (MAC’s) largest annual fundraiser. The Throwdown consists of a live art competition between some of Mobile’s finest local artists, an all-inclusive silent auction, live music, and more. Each year, five artists are chosen to be our official Throwdown competitors (one being the previous year's champion). These artists are featured in our gallery during the month of the exhibition, promoted on our social media, and viewed creating artwork LIVE during the Throwdown event. This year's event will take place on October 15, from 6 - 9 PM at the USS Alabama Battleship Aircraft pavilion. All proceeds will go towards MAC’s mission to enrich the quality of life in the Mobile area through increasing accessibility to the arts and promoting a vibrant cultural community. Tickets go on sale soon and will be available on this page.

2021 event sponsors include the Mobile County Commission and Noblet Dentistry. Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact amontgomery@mobilearts.org! Apply to be an artist competitor online here.

Last Year: The 9th Annual Throwdown

The 9th Annual Throwdown, MAC’s biggest fundraising event, was a part virtual, part live experience. The 2020 art competition happened in the style of a reality show on MAC’s Facebook and YouTube accounts on Thursday, October 29th! Our 2020 Throwdown artists included Monica J. Beasley, Soynika Edwards-Bush, Steve Joynt, Abe Partridge, and Kathleen Kirk Stoves. Each artist had 90 minutes to create an original piece of artwork using an 18x24" surface while incorporating items from a mystery box. The artwork created was available for auction online at the end of the evening. Our event host was WPMI Local 15's Darwin Singleton, and the competition featured some spooky surprises! The 2020 champion was Abe Partridge, and the event raised over $7,000 for the organization. Watch last year's creepy competition online below!

Past Highlights: The 8th Annual Throwdown

2019 Throwdown Winner Anna-Marie Babington

Last year's Throwdown was our biggest event yet! We want to thank all of those who attended, everyone who donated towards our silent auction, our wonderful volunteers, and our competing artists for donating their time and talent on MAC's behalf. This year's competitors were Anna-Marie Babington, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough, Brandin Stallworth, Patrick Tucker, and Ginger Woechan. The competition results were incredibly close, but ultimately the winner was Anna-Marie Babington, who is now our new Throwdown champion!

Attendees enjoyed live music by Rogerwood featuring Roger Fritz and catering by Heroes, The Royal Scam, and desserts by The Simple Greek. The evening was emceed by the only-and-only Darwin Singleton.

All funds raised will go towards MAC’s mission: to enrich the quality of life in the Mobile area through increasing accessibility to the arts and promoting a vibrant cultural community.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC, Alabama Public Radio, T.S. Wall & Sons, Hackbarth Delivery Service, Thompson Engineering, Heroes, the Royal Scam, the Simple Greek, Gulf Coast Distributing, Sweetwater, Showbiz Theatrical Services, Berney Office Solutions, and Crescent Theater.

Photos by Mike Kittrell.

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