Toyota Financial Services (TFS) selected nine winners for the U.S segment of the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. The U.S. winners received a NOOK Tablet™ plus an award certificate. Their artwork was forwarded to Japan as World Contest Semi-Finalists to compete among entrants from 70 countries for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Toyota; participate in the World Contest awards ceremony; and tour a Toyota plant in August 2013.
The nine 2013 U.S. winners of the National Contest are: Anthony Forsythe (age 15), Jung Min Lee (age 15), Stephen Curtiss (age 15), Alyssa Duhart (age 12), Kacey Kim (age 10), Sarah Kong (age 10), Lynette Kim (age 9), Leah Choi (age 6), and William Lee (age 6). Check out their artwork on Pinterest.
Judges of the competition, held at Toyota headquarters in Torrance, Calif., included:
- Cheech Marin, Actor, Comedian, Director, and Art Collector
- Frank Romero, Artist
- Olga Garay-English, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs
- Jasmine Marin, Artist and Student at Art Institute of Chicago
- Tom Rudnai, President/General Manager, Longo Toyota/Scion/Lexus
- George Borst, President & CEO, Toyota Financial Services
- Ian Cartabiano, Toyota’s Studio Chief Designer, Calty Design Research
- Karen Ideno, VP of Product and Marketing, Toyota Financial Services
“It was no easy task to choose just nine winners from the hundreds of submissions,” said actor and art collector Cheech Marin. “To see the creativity, thoughtfulness, and sense of delight within each piece is truly inspirational. We had young artists share their vision of vehicles that would help their communities; others that would transition from land, to air, to sea; and others that would be simply exciting to drive!”
The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is an annual contest designed to inspire creativity in youth and imagine the future of mobility. From Feb. 1 – Feb. 28, youth, ages 4-15, across the U.S. were invited to create and submit a drawing of their idea of a “Dream Car.”
Winners of the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest are chosen from three age categories (4-9 years old; 10-12 years old; and 13-15 years old), and judging is based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry.
“As a designer, I’m always excited when Toyota fosters art and creativity in today’s youth,” said Ian Cartabiano, Chief Designer at Toyota’s Calty Design Center in Newport Beach, Calif. “These young people are using their ideas through art to improve the world and I feel privileged to witness our bright future coming up with the next big, new idea.”
HISTORY: Last year, World Contest winners included two entrants from Thailand and one from Romania. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan with the dual goals of inspiring children to understand the importance of having a dream while, at the same time, encouraging them to become interested in cars by designing “Dream Cars” of their imagination.