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Design Center of the Carolinas “Highest Design Contest”

Online Voting Begins Today Monday, March 19

The Design Center of the Carolinas Charlotte’s “Highest Design” Water Tower Art Contest

Charlotte, NC – The Design Center of the Carolinas (DCC) and Ram Realty Services opened online voting on Monday, March 19 for their third annual art contest for Charlotte’s design and arts community. Local artists are competing online for votes to win the chance for his or her work to be displayed on the highest canvas in town, a 125’ water tower.

The winning selection will be determined by public online voting at www.designcentercarolinas.com where each entry is displayed. The winning artist will receive a check from Ram Realty Services for $1,000. Carolina Pad will donate an additional $5,000 in classroom supplies to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School in need that has been championed by the winning designer. All schools selected are also listed on the web site to encourage voting.

Votes will be accepted through April 29, 2012 and the winner will be announced at an event in May at the Design Center of the Carolinas in Historic South End. Participants are encouraged to ask friends and family to vote for their work and the artwork with the most votes wins. The contest was open to professionals from Charlotte’s design community working in businesses such as advertising agencies, photography studios, graphic design firms, printing companies, architectural firms as well as arts programs at local universities and community colleges. Last year the Charlotte community selected the winning artwork through online voting – 17,000 votes were cast during the 2 weeks of online voting.

Artists were encouraged to share their vision of what inspires them as artisans. The winner’s artwork will appear on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower for a twelve-month period. The water tower is a South End landmark and symbol of the surrounding creative community. The winner and the winning school will be spotlighted in a special ceremony in May at the Design Center of the Carolinas. The artwork will be replicated onto a large horizontal vinyl canvas and installed on the Design Center water tower in place of the 2011 artwork, “Jane’s Dancing Addiction” created by Ashley Plyer, last year’s winner.

“We are proud to be vital part of the Charlotte community and Historic South End. We believe that we can impact many people through what we accomplish with the Highest Design Contest and we will continue to support Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and do our part during trying times,” said Ivy Greaner, Chief Operating Officer, Ram Realty Services. “Our theme here at The Design Center is – “Get Inspired” – and as the creative hub for South End we want to inspire others around us to connect and do what they can to make the community stronger.”

The Work, The Artist(s) and Their Selected School:

Elizabeth Arzani, Flags of South Bank, Lebanon Road Elementary School

Elizabeth Arzani, Tensegrity Systems, Lebanon Road Elementary School

Jeffrey Barnett, Little Hope and Compassion, Northwest School of the Arts

Megan Dobrusin, Art + Community, Cotswold Elementary

Megan Dobrusin, A Clear Blue Sky, Cotswold Elementary

Sarah Evans, World of Inspiration, Highland Mill Elementary

Clark Hawgood, Heart Of Hope, Northwest School of the Arts

Chris Hunt, Charlotte Rocks, Coulwood Middle School.

Carmella Jarvi, Air & Water, Randolph Middle School

Carmella Jarvi, Companions, Randolph Middle School

Carmella Jarvi, What is She Looking At?, Randolph Middle School

Jerry Kirk , North Carolina: My Hometown, Idlewild Elementary

Rachel Lewis, My Inspiration, Ashley Park Elementary

Monique Luck, I See My Daughters, Northwest School of the Arts

Monique Luck, Set on Fire, Northwest School of the Arts

Monique Luck, Somehow I Had a Notion, Northwest School of the Arts

Monique Luck, I’ll Dream of Love, Northwest School of the Arts

Anthony McCrea Jr., Possibilities, University Meadows Elementary

Jerel McLaurin, It’s All Me, Briarwood Elementary

Marques Moore, Reaching for Success, Windsor Park Elementary

Ken Morgan, Center Ring I, Briarwood Elementary

Ken Morgan, Center Ring II, Hickory Grove Elementary

Ken Morgan, Center Ring III, Irwin Avenue Elementary

Ken Morgan, Morgan On Stage, Greenway Park Elementary

Marc O’Kane, Creativity, JH Gunn Elementary

Alexis Pagan, Stamp Out Loud, Steele Creek Elementary

Ráed Al-Rawi, Wind of Change, Cotswold Elementary

Ráed Al-Rawi, When Pigs Fly, Billingsville Elementary

Lauren Schmidt, Untitled, Ashley Park Elementary

Steve Schmitt, Botta’s Box, Myers Park High School

Jeanette Shelley, South End Metro, Devonshire Elementary

Anna Smith, Static Nature & Everything Around You, Newell Elementary

Christine Szeredy, Wind, Northwest School of the Arts

Jeff Thomas, I Am / We Are, Billingsville Elementary

David K. Wagner, ART IS . . ., Northwest School of the Arts

Kent Youngstrom, Love, Northwest School of the Arts

About Design Center

The Design Center of the Carolinas is ideally located between Camden Road, West Tremont and Worthington Avenues in the Historic South End of Charlotte, NC, along the LYNX Light Rail at East/West Blvd.  A signature example of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, DCC is comprised of three distinct buildings featuring exposed brick, expansive windows and compelling architectural details, giving a vintage vibe to contemporary workspace.  Its trademark water tower is also a landmark of Historic South End and a symbol of its urban redevelopment. This unique workspace is designed to bring life to a progressive mix of showrooms, studios, offices and event spaces, resulting in a one-of-a-kind gathering place for creativity and forward-thinking businesses.  For more information, please visit www.designcentercarolinas.com or contact Meredith Dickerson at (704) 971-6517 or meredith.dickerson@cbcmeca.com regarding leasing opportunities.

About Carolina Pad

Carolina Pad™ is a leading supplier of fashion school, office and organizational products. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Carolina Pad is one of the fastest growing stationery companies in the world. Its school, office, and arts and crafts products can be found at mass merchant, office supply, grocery, and drug stores. The Carolina Pad™ portfolio of brands include Studio C™, Note2Self™, Ghostline®, Notebound®, Sasquatch™, and u:create™. Learn more about Carolina Pad at www.carolinapad.com.

About Ram
Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties.  The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram has raised two closed-end private equity real estate funds: Community Reinvestment Partners LP and Ram Realty Partners II LP.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.5 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram has launched Ram Realty Partners III LP, a fully integrated private equity real estate fund targeting distressed and value-add retail and multi-family properties in select high growth markets in the Southeast.   Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida, Charlotte and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.   We are committed to making places that are socially responsible, economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable.

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Contact:               Kim Counts, 704.507.4158, kcounts@carolina.rr.com

                             Kendria Sweet, 704.533.3796, getinspired@designcentercarolinas.com

Wanted to share the details for the 3rd Annual “Highest Design Contest” that the Design Center of the Carolinas is hosting. Great contest that supports local CMS schools!

The Design Center of the Carolinas Announces Charlotte’s Third Annual “Highest Design” Contest

The Winning Artwork Will Be Displayed on Water Tower Landmark

Deadline for Entries March 16, 2012 and Online Voting Begins March 19, 2012

Charlotte, NC – The Design Center of the Carolinas (DCC) and Ram Realty Services announce an opportunity to showcase local creativity through their third annual art contest for Charlotte’s design and arts community. The winning artist will have his or her work displayed on the highest canvas in town, a 125’ water tower, plus win a $1,000 check in this year’s Highest Design Contest. The theme is “What inspires your creativity?” The contest begins January 17 with entries due by March 16, 2012. Online voting will run from March 19 – April 30, 2012.

The Charlotte professional arts community including designers, photographers, illustrators and other artists are invited to participate. The winning selection will be determined by public online voting. In addition to the artist winning a $1,000, Carolina Pad will donate an additional $5,000 in classroom supplies to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School championed by the winning artist.

Entries must be submitted by March 16, 2012 by email to getinspired@designcentercarolinas.com. Submission requirements are available online at www.designcentercarolinas.com. All artwork will be judged online by open voting from the Charlotte community. Participants are encouraged to ask friends and family to vote for their work and the artwork with the most votes wins.

Each artist is encouraged to share his or her vision of what is inspiring artisans today. Entrants may work in a variety of two-dimensional mediums, but need to work in a horizontal format. The winner’s artwork will appear on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower for a twelve-month period. The water tower is a South End landmark and symbol of the surrounding creative community. The winner and the winning school will be spotlighted in a special ceremony in May at the Design Center of the Carolinas in Historic South End.

Ivy Greaner, chief operating officer of Ram Realty Services spoke of the ongoing tradition of this contest, “We love that the Design Center is thought of as a place full of creative energy that ties with the creative community of Charlotte.  It is there for all to see when you look up at the water tower.”

The contest is open to professionals at least 18 years of age. Required working size is 18”w x 12” h horizontal. Artists are encouraged to enter from Charlotte’s design community working in businesses such as advertising agencies, photography studios, graphic design firms, printing companies, architectural firms as well as arts programs at local universities and community colleges.

The artwork will be replicated onto a large horizontal vinyl canvas and installed on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower in place of the 2011 artwork Jane’s Dancing Addiction. The winning entry will be selected by the Charlotte community through a web and viral social media campaign on the Design Center of the Carolinas web site. www.designcentercarolinas.com.

 

About Design Center

The Design Center of the Carolinas is ideally located between Camden Road, West Tremont and Worthington Avenues in the Historic South End of Charlotte, NC, along the LYNX Light Rail at East/West Blvd.  A signature example of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, DCC is comprised of three distinct buildings featuring exposed brick, expansive windows and compelling architectural details, giving a vintage vibe to contemporary workspace.  Its trademark water tower is also a landmark of Historic South End and a symbol of its urban redevelopment. This unique workspace is designed to bring life to a progressive mix of showrooms, studios, offices and event spaces, resulting in a one-of-a-kind gathering place for creativity and forward-thinking businesses.  For more information, please visit www.designcentercarolinas.com or contact Meredith Dickerson at (704) 971-6517 or meredith.dickerson@cbcmeca.com regarding leasing opportunities.

About Carolina Pad

Carolina Pad™ is a leading supplier of fashion school, office and organizational products. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Carolina Pad is one of the fastest

Growing stationery companies in the world. Its school, office, and arts and crafts products can be found at mass merchant, office supply, grocery, and drug stores. The Carolina Pad™ portfolio of brands include

Studio C™, Note2Self™, Ghostline®, Notebound®, Sasquatch™, and u:create™. Learn more about Carolina Pad at www.carolinapad.com.

About RAM                    

Ram is an affiliated group of companies and partnerships that acquire, develop, manage and finance retail and residential properties in the Southeast.  The group also selectively acquires debt secured by retail and residential properties.  Ram has raised two closed-end private equity real estate funds: Community Reinvestment Partners LP and Ram Realty Partners II LP.  Since 1996, the company has deployed $1.5 billion in real estate transactions.  Ram is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida, Charlotte and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ramrealestate.com.

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Contact: Kim Counts, kcounts@carolina.rr.com, 704.507.4158

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