For the past seven years, Toyota Financial Services has presented the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in the United States. Produced globally since 2004, the contest accepts artwork submissions from youth, ages 4-15 years.
Typically, during October 1 through January 31, artwork submissions are accepted from U.S. youth, ages 4-15 years. Ninety U.S. Semi-Finalists are chosen during February followed by the selection of 30 U.S. Finalists (these numbers may vary based on tied scores). Artworks by the U.S. Finalists are then reviewed by national judges and their scores determine the nine U.S. Winners (whose artwork is then submitted to Japan to compete against entrants from over 80 countries). In August 2018, those selected among the 30 World Winners will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Toyota City, Japan, and participate in an awards ceremony, which includes a tour of a Toyota manufacturing plant.
Presented annually, the global competition is designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage their interest in cars.
Theme: Your Dream Car
Age Categories: Under 8 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years
Type of Awards: Gold, Silver, and Bronze
Judging Criteria: Expressiveness of message, uniqueness, and artistry
Structure: National and World Contests (over 80 participating countries)
STAY TUNED TO THIS PAGE FOR THE UPCOMING ANNOUNCEMENT OF U.S. SEMI-FINALISTS, U.S. FINALISTS, and U.S. WINNERS!
This year’s U.S. national judges are:
Mike Groff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toyota Financial Services Americas Region
Pete Carey, Group Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product, Toyota Financial Services
Karen Ideno, Vice President, Product, Marketing, Brand, Corporate Social Responsibility & Communications, Toyota Financial Services
Cheech Marin, Actor, Comedian, Director, and Art Collector
Lynn Beckwith, Host, That Car Lady and Co-Host, Auto MOJO Radio – CBS Sports 650AM
Bryan Benedict, Sr. Staff Designer, Mattel’s Hot Wheels
Kara Brinley, Vice President & General Manager, Longo Toyota of Prosper
Benito Huerta, Artist, Curator & Writer + Art Professor & Gallery at University of Texas-Arlington
Laura Grundler, Visual Art Coordinator, Plano Independent School District
Margie Johnson Reese, Executive Director, Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture + Arts Management Professional
Suzy Sloan Jones, Executive Director, ArtCentre of Plano
Yeongmin Kong, Lead Designer, CALTY Design Research, Inc.
Lynette Wallace, Executive Director, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art & Houston Art Car Parade
The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is a worldwide contest presented annually, designed to inspire creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. Winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in participating countries worldwide are chosen from three age categories (under 8 years old; 8-11 years old; and 12-15 years old), with judging based on three criteria: artistry, uniqueness, and execution of concept. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. 2018 marked the 7th year of the contest in the United States as presented by Toyota Financial Services.
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