I love the concept of this game, but I had a question and a few suggestions:
Is it actually possible to create your own manifesto and have your work accepted into the Salon? I was creating crap Realist stuff that got accepted, then made a Manifesto that catered to my skills and made several masterpieces that got rejected. Or, was it just that I called my movement the bowel movement?
In terms of suggestions, I love where you're taking this game. But, can you add an explanation of how qualities and flaws affect your skills and abilities? I also think it would add a lot of interest if you had some crude method to show works of art in progress--even if it meant just taking a bunch of photos, photoshopping or processing them in various ways, and showing the stages as the artist "creates" them. Finally, what's the point of being anyone's rival? As far as I can tell, your best bet is to be everyone's friend--and what's the fun in that? Give me an incentive to make some enemies!
Love the alpha, and I look forward to seeing your masterpiece. :)