United Commercial Realty Supports Local High School Students Through “Retail as Art” Program

DALLAS, Texas, March 29, 2010 – United Commercial Realty, a national leader in retail real estate services, property representation, asset and property management and investment sales, has partnered with the Dallas Independent School District high school students in the company’s second annual “Retail as Art” event.

“Retail as Art” is a photography contest designed to showcase the best local photographic talent that captures the true essence of Dallas retail. The top three winning entrants will receive a scholarship worth $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $750 for third place. Additionally, each participating school will receive a gift appropriate to its art department from UCR as will each student who enters the competition.

“UCR is committed to education and giving back to our local communities. We value personal expression through visual elements and the ’Retail as Art’ program is the perfect opportunity to merge the two. UCR’s experience in retail real estate and my background as a teacher gives students an opportunity to celebrate and recognize their talents in the arts,” said Mickey Ashmore, president and CEO of UCR.

Students from DISD’s Emmett J. Conrad and Booker T. Washington high schools submitted more than 40 photographs of retail elements in Dallas reflecting the theme, “Retail as Art.” Photographs will be judged by members of the Dallas arts, retail and real estate communities. Winners will be announced at a special event on Friday, April 9 at Design Within Reach, the co-sponsor of the event.  Local judges include real estate reporter Bill Hethcock of the Dallas Business Journal, Shelle Sills, vice president and general manager for Neiman Marcus, Allison V. Smith, noted Dallas photographer, E. David Goltl, studio proprietor of Design Within Reach and Ashmore.  The art work will be displayed at the event and limited edition prints of the winning photographs will be for sale throughout the month of April at Design Within Reach, located at 4524 McKinney Avenue. All proceeds from the sale of the students’ artwork will be placed in a fund for future UCR educational programs like “Retail as Art” that support Dallas high school students.

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