Is AI better than Digital Designers? - AI-Generated Artwork took 1'st Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition

Is AI better than Digital Designers? - AI-Generated Artwork took 1'st Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition
AI-Generated Artwork took 1'st Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition

The world of art is one that has long been associated with human creativity and expression. So when an AI-generated artwork won first place at a recent State Fair Fine Arts Competition, many artists were understandably upset. This article explores the implications of this development and what it could mean for the future of art.

What is State Fair Fine Arts Competition?

The Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition is an annual event where awards are given to artists in many different categories. This year, for the first time ever, an AI-generated work won first place in the digital art category.

The winner, Jason Allen, is the head of Incarnate Games, a tablet game company. He won the digital art category with a work titled "Théâtre D'opéra Spatial." The image that allowed Allen to win in truth is impressive. It depicts a hall, like a ballroom, but from the future. It gives the impression of being a bit cosmic. The figures are dressed in baroque style. They stare into a circular peephole, through which light enters the halls. Allen printed the image on canvas. One must admit that the whole thing looks like a masterfully executed painting. The snag is that Allen did not paint "Théâtre D'opéra Spatial" himself, it was done by artificial intelligence software called Midjourney - text-to-image generator. That's what sparked the controversy on Twitter.

SCREENGRAB: DISCORD.

Many artists are outraged by the result, arguing that AI is incapable of creating truly great art. They accused Allen of hastening the death of the creative professions.
Others, however, argue that the competition is open to all participants, regardless of medium, and that the AI-generated work deserved to win on its own merits. It did, after all, require Allen's work to be created.

What does this mean for the future of art competitions?

The future of art competitions may be in jeopardy after an AI-generated artwork won first place at a state fair fine arts competition. This has caused many artists to feel threatened and upset, as they believe that their jobs may now be at risk of being taken over by machines. While it is true that AI-created artworks can be very realistic and lifelike, they lack the emotion and creativity that humans are able to infuse into their work. This separates true art from a simple imitation, and it is something that machines have not yet been able to replicate.

Art competitions are likely to become more and more common as AI technology advances. This could eventually lead to a situation where AI-created artworks are the norm, and human-created art is a rarity. This would be a very sad day for the world of art, as it would signify the end of human creativity and expression. Let us hope that this does not come to pass and that humans can continue to create beautiful works of art for many years to come.

What does this say about the future of art?

Some artists are concerned that AI-generated artwork could take over the art world, making it difficult for traditional artists to compete. However, others believe that AI-generated artwork can complement traditional art, and that the two can coexist. Ultimately, it is up to each individual artist to decide how they feel about AI-generated artwork and whether or not they want to embrace it.

In an interview with The Verge — David Holz — creator of MidJurney says:

  • “We see this technology as an engine for imagination. So it is a very positive and humanistic thing.”
  • “And we don’t think it’s really about art or making deepfakes, but — how do we expand the imaginative powers of the human species?”
    So, creators of AI image generators see them as a tool for artists to expand their possibilities, rather than a threat to their creative professions.

Creators of image generators see them as a tool for artists to expand their possibilities, rather than a threat to their creative professions. In the future, art may become more about collaboration between humans and machines, as AI is used to create new artwork or to enhance existing artwork. As AI technology continues to develop, it is likely that the role of AI in the art world will continue to grow.

How do artists feel about this recent development?

Some artists feel that this recent development is a threat to their livelihood. They believe that if an AI can create a work of art that is good enough to win first place in a competition, then it means that their skills are no longer needed. Others believe that this is just another tool that can be used to create art, and it should be embraced.
I believe that this is just another tool that can be used to create art. I don't believe that it threatens the livelihood of artists because it is still up to humans to decide what is good art and what is not. AI generators may be a good help to automate artists' work.

Conclusion

It's no surprise that AI-generated artwork is becoming more and more common, but it is surprising that an AI-generated artwork won first place at a state fair fine arts competition. This shows how far AI has come in recent years and how much potential it has in the art world. While some artists are pissed off about this, I think it's amazing and can't wait to see what else AI will create in the future.