Retail as Art: Supporting student photographers in Dallas.

Y'all already know that I support the arts in school. A lot. So I was very excited this past month to be a part of Retail As Art, a photography scholarship competition for high school student here in Dallas.

UCR, who sponsors this program, just wrapped up their 6th Annual competition and awarded 12 scholarships to local kids. Many of these went to young photographers in the Dallas ISD, the district where my kids go to public school. One of Quinn's high school classmates, Melissa, even got her photo into the final exhibition. It was actually my favorite:

Retail As Art
Hosted by Dallas-based UCR, this annual invitational showcases the very best photographic interpretations of “Retail as Art” from DFW-area high school students. The images capture the true essence of Dallas retail, and the scholarships reward the winners and their schools for their efforts. High school students across the Metroplex are invited to enter the competition between February 5 and March 1 every year. You can see all the Retail As Art past year's winning photography here.

At the end of the competition, the winning work is displayed professionally in a Design District gallery, and all the kids and their parents are invited to a lovely gallery opening. I love to see these young artists treated like celebrities. Besides my son's friend Melissa, there were two other neighborhood kids who had work in this show. (Parents mark your calendars for your high schooler to enter next year!)

If you'd like to support this growing scholarship program, you can help underwrite Retail As Art here by making a donation.

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