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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April 9th marked an evening filled with positive energy as students, teachers and families mingled with real estate executives and socialites at the student exhibition and celebration, which culminated in a presentation of $11,000 in scholarships for 12 deserving participants.
The exhibit included 75 notable submissions by students, bites from Bolsa Mercado and Paciugo, wine by Custom Wine Source, beer by Heineken, photography by Travis Lilley, valet by Sewell Automotive Companies, flowers by Whole Foods and Central Market and music by DJ Blake Ward.
The scholarship recipients included:
Best of Show
1st Prize $3,000 Scholarship – Abigail Chang, The Einstein School, “Lobster Dinner”
2nd Prize $2,000 Scholarship – Thomas Molash, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Parallelism”
3rd Prize $1,000 Scholarship – Ashley Andrews, Booker T. Washington, “Metallic Utensils”
UCR Awards $750 Scholarships
1) Camille Rivera, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, “iPhone 5c”
2) Ysidro Motta, Rowlett High School, “1 Million”
Judges Awards $500 Scholarships
1) Wade Griffith Award: Michael McCallum, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Free Sample”
2) Lisa Petty Award: Andrew Helmbrecht, Highland Park High School, “Boxes on Boxes”
3) Sam Reitmayer Sano Award: Christian Gay, Booker T. Washington, “Reflections”
4) Bernard Underwood Award: Graham Buchanan, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Pins and Needles”
5) Teresa Gubbins Award: Uriel Paulin, North Dallas High School, “Peppermint”
6) Evans Caglage Award: Timothy Skaras, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Introspective Division”
7) Instagram Award by Jeyson Paez: Sarah Deibel, Booker T Washington, “Chickn”
Thank you to those of you who attended, donated and supported in many ways. You certainly made this night incredibly successful for our participants! We are looking forward to celebrating DFW’s talented high school student photographers for many more years to come.
The photos have been snapped; the entries submitted; the winners chosen. Now it’s time for the big reveal! Please join us for the 6th Annual 2014 Retail as Art Artist Reception and Exhibition from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 9th at 129Leslie in the Dallas Design District.
This year marks a key milestone for Retail as Art as we will be doubling the scholarship dollars this year, awarding over $10,000 to our winning participants.
Guests will walk into a gallery-themed affair where participant submissions will be showcased. Browse this year’s notable entries while enjoying hors d’oeuvres provided by Bolsa Mercado and gelato from Paciugo. Guests can snap a selfie or a group shot photo in our fun ShutterBooth photo booth while tapping their toes to tunes by DJ Blake Ward.
Students, parents and teachers will have the opportunity to mingle with judges and sponsors and the highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the 2014 Scholarship winners.
Valet parking will be provided courtesy of Sewell Dealerships and photographs displayed will be available for purchase, so be sure to bring your checkbook or credit card!
If you plan to attend, please RSVP at www.retailasart2014.eventbrite.com.