i received a great email about an "artist showdown" sponsored by about face, an affiliate of the columbia museum of art. the event is basically a portrait party competition with cash prizes. the contest is judged by guest artists and museum staff and winners receive cash prizes. the most recent face-off was in february but it seems to be an annual event. so, keep your ears peeled! the photo above represents a smack-down from the 2006 competition between jeannette fourie and patty dallas.