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.
Celebrants — including Sandi and Noah Chapman, Temple Ashmore, David Goltl, Mina Chang, Susan Friedman, Regina Bruce, Channing Cass, and Alexis and Duane Potter — gathered at Three Three Three First Avenue for an announcement party, where 50 of the 200 submissions were on display. Photographs ranged from abstracts of buildings and shoes to more focused images of workers and cars.
DJ Andre provided the background music while anxious contestants and their supporters snacked on small bites from Central Market, Neiman Marcus, Ocho and Applebee's. Then it was time for judges Evans Caglage (Dallas Morning News), Connie Dufner (Modern Luxury), Wade Griffith (Wade Griffith Photography) and Amy Locurto (I Heart Face) to announce the first-, second- and third-place winners, who received $1,000, $1,250 and $1,500 in scholarships, respectively:
- First place: Michael McCallum
- Second place: Abby Chang
- Third place: Anna Delapaz
Notable contestants Mitchell Sawtelle, Demi Kelly, Jose Martinez, Stewart Schweinfurth, Camille Rivera, and Ximena Garica received $200 each in scholarships.
"Our fifth scholarship contest was a great success," said Mickey Ashmore, UCR president and CEO. "Our UCR team has discovered a meaningful mission that combines our passions: retail, art and education."