Around 290,000 art enthusiasts from the Dallas area experienced the Red Bull Art of Can, which featured innovative artwork in its 22-day run.
During its 22-day run through the month of August, the Red Bull Art of Can exhibition saw more than 290,000 visitors. Fifty unique pieces, created from the iconic Red Bull cans or inspired by energy and the love of life, were on display at the Galleria Dallas. The inspiring collection included a life-size racing airplane made entirely from recycled cans, an old world style painting, a baby bull sculpture, a ball gown and much more. Innovative artists – professional and amateur – spent countless hours creating pieces that expressed their personal point of view through pop art creations.
More than 200 hopefuls from around the country applied, but only 50 won an esteemed spot in the collection. Who made the call? The panel of expert judges included: sculptor Brad Oldham, winning producer/director Michael Cain, Dallas style editor Jason Sheeler, fashion stylist Tammy Theis, ASK ME ABOUT ART Founder Gail Saschson and art professor Bob Wade.
Throughout the three-week exhibition, the public also had the opportunity to act as a judge by designating a “People’s Choice Award” via text votes at the exhibition and online. Craig McCudden, of Columbus, Ohio, took home the honors with his masterpiece “Escape,” a combination of music and nature in a morph of wildlife and instruments.
This event gives everyone, whether they are a full time artist or not, the opportunity to showcase their work to thousands of people.
The official judges had the near impossible decision of awarding the top three pieces in the exhibition. Their decision was based on the overall creativity, execution and construction of each piece. In third place was Hai Nguyen of Dallas, TX, with his cascade of migrating birds in flight, in second place was Craig McCudden, and grand prize went to Steve Potovsky of Miami Beach, FL, who earned an all-expense-paid trip to Art Basel in Switzerland with his pop-art inspired robot dog suspiciously eyeing a fire hydrant.
Third place winner and Dallas native Hai Nguyen (web developer by day, artist by night) noted: “This event gives everyone, whether they are a full time artist or not, the opportunity to showcase their work to thousands of people and meet other artists and art lovers in their community.”