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April 05, 2013

Toyota Announces U.S. Winners of Dream Car Art Contest

Toyota-dream-car-contestDesigned to inspire creativity in youth and help them imagine the future of mobility, Toyota's annual Dream Car Art Contest invites youth across the U.S., ages 4-15, to create and submit a drawing of their idea of a “Dream Car.” These kids may not be old enough to have their licenses, but that doesn't mean they can't dream about what they might ultimately drive!

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 execution of concept, uniqueness, and artistry.

Toyota_Dream_Car_2013_FinalistsThe nine eligible World Contest Semi-Finalists from the United States 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). AskPatty salutes each of these young students! You can view the winning artwork from each of these contestants here at the official TFSinTheCommunity website or pin them at Pinterest.

The winners of the U.S. segment of the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest each receive a NOOK Tablet™ and are now eligible to advance as World Contest Semi-Finalists to compete among entrants from 70 countries for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Toyota City, Japan, to participate in the World Contest awards ceremony and tour a Toyota plant in August 2013.

Judges of the competition, held at Toyota headquarters in Torrance, Calif., included:
Cheech MarinActor, Comedian, Director, and Art Collector; Frank RomeroArtist; Olga Garay-English, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs; Jasmine Marin, Artist, Student at Art Institute of Chicago; Tom Rudnai, President/General Manager, Longo Toyota/Scion/Lexus; George BorstPresident & CEO, Toyota Financial Services; Ian Cartabiano,Toyota’s Studio Chief Designer, Calty Design Research; and Karen IdenoVP of Product and Marketing, Toyota Financial Services.

Toyota_Dream_Car_2013_Judging_s“It was no easy task to choose just nine winners from the hundreds of submissions," said actor and avid 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!” 
"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."

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.

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