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7th Annual Retail as Art Competition

In Press // on February 24th, 2015 // by // No comment

Retail as Art provides a platform for high school students to showcase their work in a sophisticated setting, inspiring their artistic pursuits through recognition and awards, and exposing teens to the myriad of artistic careers. The fact that the the phtographs are for sale at affordable prices is just icing on the cake.

A charitable initiative imagined by United Commercial Realty, the 7th Annual Retail as Art Competition inspires high school students from across the metroplex to submit their photographic and artistic interpretations of retail spaces. Judges decide on winners, who are awarded scholarships to pursue their studies.

Photos will be one display from April 23-25, and winners will be announced at a catered event that marks the closing of the exhibition.
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Retail as Art-See Winning Photo

In Press // on May 24th, 2013 // by // No comment


Back in March you may have seen our post about the 5th annual Retail as Art Scholarship Contest in Dallas.Local students came out in force to submit their unique interpretations of retail as art. From tight shots of zippers to artsy approaches to neckties, the competition was fierce. We thought you could use a little eye candy for your Friday, so here’s the first place photo “Knot Royale” by Michael McCallum of Cistercian Preparatory School. Clearly, our Dallas-area teens are a talented bunch. We can’t wait to see what the 2014 contest brings. Enjoy!

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Conrad High Student Wins Award in ‘Retail as Art’ Contest

In Press // on May 22nd, 2013 // by // No comment

Advocate Magazine – 22 May 2013

by Whitney Thompson

Photo by Jose Martinez

Emmett J. Conrad High School student Jose Martinez won the “Evans Caglage” award for his photo, “The Trap,” (pictured below) in this year’s United Commercial Realty ‘Retail as Art’ contest.

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CultureMap Dallas: Retail as Art awards shine a light on bright young Dallas photographers

In Press // on May 22nd, 2013 // by // No comment

5.22.13 | 6:10 pm

Abby Chang, Mina Chang, Retail As Art

The fifth annual Retail as Art contest proved the future of Dallas’ art scene is in good hands. United Commercial Realty (UCR), one of Texas’ largest real estate services providers, awarded scholarships to nine talented high school students who best interpreted “retail as art” through photography.
Pictured: Abby Chang, Mina Chang Photo courtesy of Retail as Art
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Link: Dallas News: Dallas Students Try a Different Angle on Art

In Press // on April 30th, 2013 // by // No comment

By: Cheryl Hall

Mickey Ashmore worries that the creative arts are getting short shrift in our schools, and that’s bad news for Dallas’ future workforce. For the last five years, the 64-year-old teacher-turned-real estate CEO has put on a photography contest that sends high school students out into the retail world. Ashmore sees it as a way to encourage creativity while introducing real estate and retailing as possible career paths.

“If you reach one or two kids who say, ‘Wow! I’d like to get into this,’ you’ve made a difference,” the president and chief executive of United Commercial Realty Inc. says in his offices on North Central Expressway across from NorthPark.

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DFW Times: UCR Presents 5th Annual “Retail As Art” Exhibition & Reception

In Press // on April 20th, 2013 // by // No comment

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DALLAS (April 15, 2013) – United Commercial Realty (UCR), Texas’ largest retail real estate services provider, presents the fifth annual “Retail as Art” Exhibition & Reception on Wednesday, May 8,  2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Three Three Three First Avenue Studio (333 1st Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75226).  The event is complimentary. RSVP is required at For more information, call 214.868.252.1137.


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Link: Mickey Ashmore: Be Intentional About Giving Back

In Press // on April 8th, 2013 // by // No comment

“When UCR was starting out and growing, one of my former associates, who today is a competitor and a friend, Tim Hughes of Falcon, suggested that we find ways to give back to the community. Through the years we have supported many causes and gave money to many charities.”

“Our UCR team discovered a meaningful mission that combined our passions: retail, art, and education. Thus Retail as Art was born. It’s a program that reaches hundreds of high school students and introduces them to the world of retailing and the visual arts. It encourages participation by high school students and ultimately exposes these young people to professional photography, retail and marketing executives and, of course, related careers.”

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Spring Photos with Wade Griffith

In Press // on March 11th, 2013 // by // No comment

Get Retail as Art judge Wade Griffith’s photography tips and tricks on D Living!

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Link: Photography Scholarship Contest for High School Students

In Press // on March 6th, 2013 // by // No comment

United Commercial Realty (UCR), Texas’ largest retail real estate services provider, is currently accepting applications for their fifth annual “Retail as Art” photography scholarship contest. The contest is free to participate and open to all Dallas Independent School (DISD) and local area private high school students. Deadline for participation forms is March 13, 2013.

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Link: Oak Cliff People – ‘Retail as Art’ Open House is Tomorrow

In Press // on March 5th, 2013 // by // No comment

‘Retail as Art’ Open House is Tomorrow

Last year, Sunset High School student Alyssa Hernandez took home one of just a handful of judges’ awards at the Retail as Art photography scholarship contest. Now the event is right around the corner again, with entry forms due next week and the final project deadline coming up on April 5. The program is open to all Dallas-area high school students.

And heads-up, here: At at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 6), young photographers can rub elbows with industry pros during a kick-off party and orientation at Design Within Reach.

Read more: ‘Retail as Art’ Open House is Tomorrow | Oak Cliff People

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