2014 Cars Are Art


Drivers, start your engines. The Tyler Museum of Art is revving up for the Juried “Cars Are Art” 2014 Competition from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Museum parking lot, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. across from Wagstaff Gymnasium on the Tyler Junior College campus.

The second annual event will feature a public showing of notable vehicles spanning the automotive spectrum – ranging from a 1909 Sears “horseless carriage” to a 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo, Executive Director Chris Leahy said. A panel of three art professionals will judge the cars on overall presentation and aesthetics, not originality or modifications (engine hoods will be closed). Judges include local artist Patrick Deen, Dewayne Hughes of the University of Texas at Tyler art department, and David Funk of the Tyler Junior College art department.

Vehicle owners may enter their cars in one of eight competition categories: Pre-1940s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and Post-2000. The first-place winner in each category will receive an artistically crafted trophy. The entry chosen as the “Cars Are Art” 2014 Best of Show winner will receive the Grand Prize, which includes a unique trophy and special display in the TMA lobby for two weeks following the competition.

Deadline to enter vehicles in the competition is Sept.2. Entry fee is $100 per vehicle; price includes lunch and a “Blue-plate Special” party following the awards presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Additional “Blue-plate Special” tickets are $25 each. Parking will be available for car trailers. Registration forms may be picked up at the Museum or downloaded online at www.tylermuseum.org .

General admission is $7, $5 for seniors 65 and older, and free for TMA members, children 12 and under, and Tyler Junior College students and staff. Ticket price includes free admission to the Museum exhibitions Goodnight Rose City and Contemporary Texas: Selections from the Permanent Collection throughout the day. Concessions will be available for sale, and the day’s events will feature activities for young visitors in addition to the car competition. All event proceeds benefit the Tyler Museum of Art.

Cars Are Art 2014 Sponsors are Hibbs-Hallmark & Company, Best of Show; James E. Walker, Tents; Lamborghini Dallas, Contributor; and East Texas Radio Group, Media. For information, contact special events coordinator Caleb Bell at (903) 595-1001, ext. 208 or cbell@tylermuseum.org.