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The 10th Annual Retail As Art competition is now accepting entries. Retail As Art is a photography scholarship contest that showcases the best photographic talent in Dallas/Fort Worth high schools, and rewards that talent with college scholarships. 


All DFW-area high school students are invited to submit their best photographic interpretations of “Retail as Art” until the deadline of midnight on March 14, 2018. Winners will be awarded with scholarships to put toward their higher education.  A panel of judges will announce the winners and finalists at the Scholarship Presentation and Celebration, held at Dallas Contemporary on Thursday, April 19


Each student may submit up to two photos representing what retail as art means to them. Specifications and guidelines are available at:


As the 10th anniversary for Retail As Art, the contest is kicking things up a notch with a new category and award: The Human Experience Award. The Human Experience Award will be awarded to the top two photos that best express human experience within a retail environment or setting. These entries will also be considered for Best in Show and Judge’s Award Categories.


Mickey Ashmore, a seasoned real estate executive and chairman at CBRE, founded Retail As Art in 2008 and has since seen the competition grow from just five participants to more than 300 participants last year. 


 “We are extremely excited to take Retail As Art to the next level this year,” said Ashmore. “Each year the competition continues to grow, and we love to see the talent of these students come to life.”



With a 501c3 status, “Retail as Art” is the heart and soul of Ashmore. A former high school teacher and current father of three, Ashmore has always been passionate about a child’s education, support and inspiration. All proceeds benefit the CBRE “Retail as Art” Fund, which is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.


This year, the 10th annual Retail As Art scholarship presentation and reception will be held at the Dallas Contemporary on April 19.  


Retail As Art is made possible by its many sponsors. The 2018 sponsors to date include:


  • CBRE
  • Corinth Properties
  • Dunhill Partners
  • Hopkins Commercial Real Estate Inc.
  • Interabang Books
  • Makens Consulting
  • Pegasus Albon Properties, LLC
  • Regency Centers
  • Temple and Mickey Ashmore
  • The Sandstad Group, LLC
  • Westdale Asset Management, LTD 


To learn more about Retail As Art participation or to donate to the scholarship fund, please visit .



About Retail as Art: Retail As Art is a scholarship competition that showcases the best photographic talent in our local high schools and rewards that talent with scholarships for higher education. Mickey and Temple Ashmore created this 5013c organization in 2008 to give back to the community. All Retail as Art proceeds go to benefit the CBRE Retail as Art Fund, which is organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.