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Retail As Art Winners Founder of Retail As Art, Mickey Ashmore, with the 2018 scholarship winners.

Retail As Art, a scholarship competition that showcases the best photographic talent in Dallas-Fort Worth’s local high schools, hosted its 10th annual scholarship reception on Thursday, April 19 at the Dallas Contemporary. 

Mickey Ashmore, a seasoned real estate executive and chairman at CBRE, founded Retail As Art in 2008 and has since seen the competition grow. This year, the competition received over 200 images entered from 18 different high schools in the D-FW area.

In its 10th year, Retail As Art was able to award 20 students with over 32,000 dollars in scholarships to go towards higher education. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, a new award was added this year – “The Human Experience Award”, which was awarded to the top two photos that best express human experience within a retail environment.

 The 2018 Retail As Art winners are:


  • 1st Place (CBRE Award): Vasny Martinez, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • 2nd Place: De Jo’ne Perkins, H. Grady Spruce High School
  • 3rd Place: Kathleen Marquez, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
  • Human Experience Award: Matt Acuna, Cistercian Preparatory School
  • Human Experience Award: Kaleigh Howard, Flower Mound High School
  • Judge’s Awards:
    • Ramiro Garcia, Bryan Adams High School
    • Ali Drennan, Flower Mound High School
    • Natalia Cantu, Bishop Dunne Catholic High School
    • Hayley Smith, Richardson High School
    • Megan Waterston, Highland Park High School
  • Temple and Mickey Ashmore Award: Madison Lane, Flower Mound High School
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Leah Geisler, Flower Mound High School
    • Marizela Garza, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy
    • Jennifer Romero Vasquez, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy
    • Jael Tesafaye, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy
    • Roxana Gonzalez, Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership Academy
    • Robert Harwerth, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
    • Amber Cooper, Bishop Dunne Catholic School
    • Claire Marucci, The Hockaday School
    • Travis Nolan, Cistercian Preparatory School

Retail As Art is made possible by its many sponsors, including: CBRE, Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton, Windstar Properties, Shop Companies, Regency Centers, Sulentic Foundation, Interabang Books, Shake Shack, Eatzi’s, Pogo’s Wine and Spirits, Trademark Properties, Pegasus Albon Properties, Westdale Asset Management, The Sandstad Group and Hopkins Commercial Real Estate.