A little friendly competition goes a long way–especially when there is high intensity amongst the competitors and a comradeship that includes the high elite of the top artisans the city of Dallas has to offer. On November 14, 2013, at the One Arts Plaza, area architects and artists gathered to team up in collaborative pairings to face off against each other and raise funds for Family Compass, a non-profit organization dedicated to building healthy families by instituting neglect and child abuse prevention initiatives for the Dallas community.
The competition featured 12 pairs, each consisting of one architect and one artist. The chosen participants were selected by a panel of judges, well-versed in the field of both art and architecture, who narrowed down the teams from a pool of over 100 entries. The finalists for the competition featured a healthy mixture of both emerging and locally notorious artisans who were more than thrilled to collaborate creatively all for the interest of charity. Each pair was instructed to create an original piece of art which was first revealed to the public at the event. In addition to the collaborative work of art, each artist and architect was given the opportunity to showcase up to two pieces of his or her own work that will be on display in the One Arts Plaza Commercial Lobby through November 24, 2013.
Attendees enjoyed light bites and cocktails throughout the event while viewing and casting their final vote on which artist and architect pairing should be crowned the winner of the competition. Spotted in the crowd was actress and FGI Fashion Police panelist LeeAnne Locken, Hamilton Sneed of HAS Events, and “America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru,” Steve Kemble. While guests mixed and mingled, the collaborative pairings of artists and architects awaited to hear the announcement of the night’s winner.
After a tally of the votes, architect Garner Vass won in the individuals category as did Hai Nguyen in the individual artist category. However the overall collaborative team win went to Ali Golzad and Meredith Quigley. Golzad describes the creative process with partner Quigley easily and hinted that it was a winning match from the beginning. “From the start when we met it was very clear that our understanding of our roles as individuals was very close. [This] made it easy for us to decide early on what type of project we wanted to work on. From there it was just a couple of meetings discussing sketches and ideas. The execution was simple as we already knew what material we wanted to use which was the easiest part of the project.”
The winning piece by Golzad and Quigley was the talk of the crowd. Golzad said: “With this piece we just wanted to tell the story of the many people who live in the shadows of big corporations and the government–who work hard everyday for their dreams.” Inspiring and captivating, the original and distinctive creation by both Golzad and Quigley along with other art pieces, helped to raise record funds past last year’s debut of the Artist Versus Architect charity competition.
An e-auction is still being held for the remaining pieces of art that were not purchased at the event. These pieces are still on display in the commercial lobby at One Arts Plaza. The e-auction ends on November 23, 2013 at noon. Contact Hamilton Sneed of HAS events at firstname.lastname@example.org for bidding information. All proceeds from the event go directly to Family Compass.