The positive energy was contagious 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.
“For many of the participating students, the Retail as Art Exhibition offers the first opportunity to showcase their photography in a public setting,” said Mickey Ashmore, UCR CEO. “We hope this competition broadens the students’ world view and inspires them to further explore their creative talents.”
The students were encouraged to submit their best photographic interpretations of the “Retail as Art” theme. The 2014 photography invitational attracted over 93 student participants from 21 schools across the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The participants contributed more than 300 photo and Instagram submissions.
The winning images and other notable submissions were showcased at the “Retail as Art” Exhibition on April 9 at 129Leslie where the winners were announced.
The exhibit included 75 notable submissions by students, bites from Bolsa Mercado, 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.
A panel of influential Dallas journalists, photographers, taste-makers and designers judged the entries based on originality, creativity, photo quality and how well the photo communicated the theme, “Retail as Art.” Judges included: Evans Caglage of Dallas Morning News, Wade Griffith of Wade Griffith Photography, Lisa Petty, DFW Style Daily, Bernard Underwood with An Intimate Place / B.U. Designs, Teresa Gubbins with CultureMap Dallas, Sam Reitmayer-Sano with SWOON, the studio.
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
- Camile Rivera, Irma Rangel Young Womens Leadership School, “iPhone 5c”
- Ysidro Motta, Rowlett High School, “1 Million”
Judges Awards $500 Scholarships
- Wade Griffith Award: Michael McCallum, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Free Sample”
- Lisa Petty Award: Andrew Helmbrecht, Highland Park High School, “Boxes on Boxes”
- Sam Reitmayer Sano Award: Christian Gay, Booker T. Washington, “Reflections”
- Bernard Underwood Award: Graham Buchanan, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Pins and Needles”
- Teresa Gubbins Award: Uriel Paulin, North Dallas High School, “Peppermint”
- Evans Caglage Award: Timothy Skaras, Cistercian Preparatory School, “Introspective Division”
- Instagram Award by Jeyson Paez: Sarah Deibel, Booker T Washington, “Chickn”
Notable attendees included Daniel Upton, RPAI; Patrick Krejs, Regency Centers; Allen Gump, Colliers International, Lindsey Miller, Lindsey Miller & Associates, Mina Chang, Linking the World International, Cynthia Smoot, Oh So Cynthia; Allison Edwards and Courtney Edwards, Where Wear in the City; Lea Ann Moshier Stundins, Mommy’s Wish List and Elysa Ellis, GenPink.
“It’s incredible to see how each year builds on the last. I couldn’t be happier about this year’s competition. Our UCR team has discovered a meaningful mission that combines our passions: retail, art, and education,” said Mickey Ashmore, UCR’s president and CEO.
With a 501c3 status, “Retail as Art” is the heart and soul project of Ashmore. A former speech and English high school teacher and current father of three, Ashmore has always been passionate about a child’s education, support and inspiration. All proceeds benefit the UCR “Retail as Art” Fund, which is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
UCR appreciates its generous sponsors including RPAI, PegasusAblon, Millet the Printer, Vivanti Group, SWOON, the studio and UCR.
About Retail as Art
Retail as Art is a scholarship competition that showcases the best photographic talent in our local high schools and rewards that talent with college scholarships. UCR created this 5013c organization in 2008 as a way to give back to the community. All Retail as Art proceeds go to benefit the UCR Retail as Art Fund, which is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
About United Commercial Realty
Founded in 1988, UCR is a recognized leader in retail real estate services providing retailer representation, project leasing, investment sales and asset and property management. Today, UCR represents 228 local, regional and national retailers and manages and/or leases more than 20 million square feet of retail property, including power centers, grocery anchored centers, main street districts, lifestyle centers and mixed-use projects. The UCR Investment Sales team has executed over $3.5 billion in investment sales of retail property. Based in Dallas, UCR also has offices in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. The relationship with ChainLinks Retail Advisors allows UCR to deliver services throughout the nation. www.ucr.com