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Washington Arts Magnet Students Win Grenadier Awards Competition

19 Apr 2000

Independent judges have selected 14 sculptures and four paintings by students at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts to win the Grenadier Awards for the year 2000. The prizes will be awarded to the students April 20th in a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

Each student will receive a $500 prize for the winning pieces of sculpture and paintings. Grenadier, a Dallas urban developer of apartments and townhomes, will purchase each of the sculptures and paintings and display them in their residential properties along Gaston Avenue and in the State-Thomas area.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges, headed by Pat Porter, executive director of the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts. Dolores Tompkins, director of the visual arts division for the school, directed the competition.

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is one of the magnet high schools for the Dallas Independent School District. It is a premier arts high school in the United States, recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the White House. BTW is located at 2501 Flora in the downtown Dallas arts district.

"This competition benefits the school, students and our residents," said John Egnatis, Grenadier partner. "The students get the chance to win prize money to continue their studies. And our residents get quality art to enhance their living environment. We hope to continue this competition in years to come."

"We are very proud to sponsor this competition among some of the best young artists in Dallas," said Anthony Natale, Grenadier partner. "We hope that this award, combined with the outstanding instruction they receive at the high school, will encourage them to reach their full potential as artists."

The winning sculptures will be placed in the courtyards of Grenadier's renovated apartment complexes along Gaston Avenue and Live Oak Street near Lakewood. The paintings will be placed in the lobby of the new State-Thomas Residences at 2305 Worthington. Grenadier is a Dallas-based real estate development company.

Also sponsoring the competition is Commercial Metals Corporation, which donated the scrap metal used by the students in the sculpture contest.


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