The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, sponsored a cab wrapped in artwork by seventh-edition finalist Emile Perrotte Taxi-Art Design Competition and son of university professors, Jean-Paul Perrotte, assistant professor of music, and Brett Van Hoesen, associate professor of art history.
“I think it will be very exciting to have a taxi ride around town with Emile’s beautiful artwork and our sponsorship highlighted,” said Debra Moddelmog, Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts. “It is a unique reminder of the importance of art and creativity in the lives of our young people and in the life of our college and university.
Since 2015, the EDAWN Foundation and the Washoe County School District have joined forces for the Taxi-Art Design competition. This year, they presented checks for $500 to three finalists in each category: elementary, middle school and high school. They also wrapped the art of first place winning designs on local taxis.
After the three winning designs were unveiled on taxis earlier this summer, other donors and organizations, including the College of Liberal Arts, came forward to wrap up the art of the other six finalists.
“The enthusiasm and efforts of the 124 students who entered this year’s competition are to be applauded,” said Mike Kazmierski, EDAWN President and CEO, in a June press release. “Clearly, the students embraced the spirit and beauty of Northern Nevada in every piece of art we received. It goes without saying that the arts are a dynamic economic engine, which greatly increases our quality of overall living in the greater Reno-Sparks area as a great place to live, work and play.
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