Dream Car Art Exhibits and Public Programs
Below are photos and short descriptions of key public programs, teacher events, and art exhibits that took place to support marketing and awareness for the U.S. presentation of the 10th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest during 2015-2016.
As part of this year’s Drive LA event series, Toyota Dream Car Art Contest was the theme for the “How to Design Cars” episode of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s CarStories podcast taped live in front of an audience at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum on Mon 11/30/15. Hosted by A.J. Gordon, panelists on the podcast were Ian Cartabiano, Toyota’s studio chief designer at Calty Design Research, Inc. in Newport Beach, California, and Bryan Benedict, senior staff designer on Mattel’s Hot Wheels® team. Available in iTunes, the podcast gets over 50,000 downloads each month and features daily news stories, interviews, and articles posted on www.CarStories.com for the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Seventeen artworks by previous U.S. finalists and winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest were on view at the dealership Thu 8/20/15 thru Mon 2/1/16. TMS Executive Chairman Yoshimi Inaba toured the exhibit with Mitch Pierce, Co-Owner; Shelley Gagnet, Community Relations Director; and Paxton Gagnet, General Manager of John Elway’s Crown Toyota Scion dealership.
Twenty-three artworks by previous U.S. finalists and winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest were on view Thu 9/10/15 thru Sun 9/20/15 in the Edison Gallery at MALDEF presented by Katalyst Foundation for the Arts. The exhibit opened during the popular Downtown Art Walk, which attracts over 25,000 attendees each month since its founding in 2004.
Phantom Galleries LA in Hawthorne, California
Twenty-three artworks by previous U.S. finalists and winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest were on view Wed 9/23/15 thru Sat 10/24/15 in the Hawthorne space run by the nonprofit Phantom Galleries LA. In addition to a community reception, two teacher events were hosted in the gallery to promote participation in the 10th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
Twenty-six artworks by previous U.S. finalists and winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest were on view at the museum Tue 10/27/15 thru Mon 2/1/16. The opening reception hosted guests such as local artist Nicole Norah Ivan, who was a U.S. Finalist in the 9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest with her entry “Toyota Rainbow Speeding Dragon”; Frances Cervantes from Toyota Financial Services Customer Service Center in Chandler, Arizona; and entertainer Cheech Marin. The museum also hosted events for local teachers and distributed materials for them to give to their students.
Twenty-five artworks by previous U.S. finalists and winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest were on view at the after-school community art center Plaza de la Raza in its Margo Albert Theatre Gallery Tue 10/27/15 thru Mon 2/1/16. In addition, one artwork was included in a traveling museum exhibit called ¡Veterano! Cars curated by noted Chicano artist (and former Dream Car Art Contest national judge) Frank Romero on view at Plaza in the Boathouse Gallery during Fri 10/2/15 thru Sat 10/17/15.
Two exhibits of Dream Car artwork by past U.S. finalists and winners were on display in the South Bay at the Main and North Branches of the Redondo Beach Public Library from Thu 10/1/15 thru Sun 11/22/15. One of the finalists whose work was on display was also a U.S. Winner in the 9th Dream Car Art Contest. Gene Whang, age 14, of Rancho Palos Verdes, California won the U.S. Bronze Award for his artwork “Cable Wheel Automobile.” The library exhibitions were on view as part of the Redondo Beach Art Group (RBAG)’s 2015 Power of Art :: PoAX, an annual art show, which took place on Fri 10/16/15 thru Sun 10/18/15 at the library’s Main Branch.
Twenty-two artworks by previous U.S. finalists and winners were on view in the Courtyard Theatre of ArtCentre of Plano Fri 12/18/15 thru Fri 1/29/16. A reception was held on Thu 1/14/16 @ 6-8pm and featured participation by local Toyota executives and team members. Also in attendance was local artist Kelly Chen whose “Music Car” artwork won her recognition as a U.S. Finalist in the 9th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
An exhibit of Dream Car artworks was installed at Toyota USA Automobile Museum during November 2015. It remains on view today and was recently updated and expanded.
Toyota Motor Sales
An exhibit of Dream Car artworks was on display in the lobby at Toyota Headquarters during December 2015.
Toyota Financial Services
An exhibit of Dream Car artworks was installed in the South Campus Lobby at Toyota Headquarters during December 2015 and remains on view today.