Artist vs Architect - Transforming a Vacant Floor into an Event Space

 Inspired by the ingenuity of today’s artistic and design professionals, Artist vs. Architect wowed Dallas at its first-annual one-of-a-kind art competition and silent auction benefiting Dwell with Dignity. Held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 7 - 11 pm on the 19th Floor of the historic Saint Paul Place, Artist vs. Architect served as a platform to celebrate the creativity of the modern world of design and architecture. Prior to the event, the 19th floor at Saint Paul Place consisted of a vacant shell with outer walls, bathrooms and central elevator core - essentially a blank palette against which to stage the event. Following the event, the 19th floor remains a vacant space, available for lease.

Focusing on a central theme in support of the heartbeat of the chosen beneficiary, Dwell with Dignity, each contestant chosen for Artist vs. Architect showcased works reflecting their mission to "Escape Poverty."

The CreateGate wall at Architect vs Artist encouraged
free form expression and was created live
during the event.
From 7 - 11 p.m., 24 carefully chosen contestants highlighting 12 of Dallas’ top architecture firms and artistic talent showcased their work for a chance to win the title of "Dallas’ Best Artist" and "Dallas’ Best Architect". Proceeds from the silent auction benefited Dwell with Dignity and will go towards supporting local artistic and design professionals. The competing piece submitted by each contestant was reviewed by a selected panel of judges and attendees, including Bijan Youssefzadef, Program Director; the University of Texas at Arlington; Diane Cheatham of Urban Edge Developers, Ltd.; Janice Myers of Samuel Lynne Galleries; Jim Wilson of Goddard Investment Group; Nicole Horn of ArtCon; William Noble of William Noble Rare Jewels.
J.D. Miller painting live at
Artist vs Architect

Carefully curated by both the Artist vs. Architect team and Nicole and Scott Horn of ArtCon, current artistic contestants include: members of the local non-profit and artist collective ArtLoveMagic; Carlos Cazares; Hobbes Vincent; Jamie Lyn Spires of Breakthrough Artistry; Mark Niemi; Michael Mauldin; Rolando Diaz; Sean Springer; Sergio Garcia and VET. Current architectural design contestants for Artist vs. Architect included these firms: ARCHITEXAS, Good Fulton & Farrell, GSR Andrade Architects, HKS, Corgan's Interiors Studio, M2 Studio, O'Brien Architects and Page Southerland Page.

As a focal point of the event, live interpretive art was performed and created by David Rodriguez, on behalf of ArtLoveMagic; JD Miller, on behalf of Samuel Lynne Gallerie.

Event chair Merrick Pickens with
Representatives of Omniplan Arhitects
who were chosen as Best Architect at Artcitect vs Artist
Dallas Light and Sound provided total event production services including taking what was an entirely empty floor at St. Paul place and transforming into an event venue with lighting, audio, and a red carpet experience. Flatscreen monitors broadcast a live twitter feed from the event, with a staging section providing an elevated platform for speeches, sponsor recognition, and for the announcement of the winners of the contest. Omniplan Architest took the honors as "Best Dallas Architect" with artist Michael Maudlin scoring the top honorsas "Best Dalas Artist."
Involved with event organizers from the early stages of the event space conceptualization, DLS consulted on the floorplan for the event and helped guide and direct the overall event design, including placements of VIP areas, welcome desk and beverage service stations.
The crowd watches a 10 minute speed painting
exhibition by artist David Rodriguez at Artist vs Architect.

The vacant 19th Sloor at Saint Paul Place becomes an event
space for one night only for Artist vs Architect
For addiitonal infomration about Artist vs Archtect, visit the organization's website at http://www.artistvsarchitect.com/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ArtistVsArchitect .