Charlotte, NC – The Design Center of the Carolinas (DCC) and Ram Realty Services announced the winner of the 5th annual Highest Design Contest on Friday, May 9, 2014. The winner was selected by public voting in social media. The Highest Design Water Tower Art Contest puts the winning artist’s work on display on the highest canvas in town, a 125’ water tower, and awards the winner a $1,000 check. This year’s theme was “High Five to South End,” allowing artists to share what they love about living, working or just visiting South End. Online voting ran from March 31 – May 2, 2014.
The Highest Design Contest featured 20 entries this year from artists giving South End a “High Five.” The DCC and Ram Realty Services supported Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for the fifth year with the winning artist selecting a school in need from a list of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to champion. In addition to the artist winning $1,000, Ram Realty Services along with Family Dollar, Staples and Binders will make donations of art and creative supplies to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School championed by the winning artist.
20 exciting works of art were submitted this year from local artists in Charlotte’s design and arts community, from businesses such as advertising agencies, photography studios, graphic design firms, printing companies, architectural firms as well as arts programs at local universities and community colleges. Leigh Anne Zeitouni was selected as the winning artist through public voting.
Leigh Anne graduated magna cum laude from NC State University in the Fall of 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design. Since then she has been working as a graphic designer in her hometown of Charlotte. In addition to her full time job as in-house graphic designer on the marketing team for Sales Performance International, she also works as a freelance designer. Recently she was honored with a 2014 Silver ADDY award for her design work on an integrated campaign project in collaboration with The Plaid Penguin, brand experience firm in Charlotte. She stays active within her community as a member of the Charlotte chapter of AIGA and continues to work as an aspiring and passionate designer.
The winning piece this year, Artistry Meets Artisan, in the Leigh Anne’s words depicts the progression and celebration of the historical, retro side of South End, in juxtaposition with the artistic and cutting edge side. The artwork will be replicated onto a large horizontal vinyl canvas and installed on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower in June.
The Leigh Anne’s artwork will appear on the Design Center of the Carolinas water tower for a twelve-month period. Leigh Anne and her selected CMS school, Reedy Creek Elementary, were honored in a special ceremony May 9 at the Design Center of the Carolinas in Historic South End. Art and creative supplies will be delivered to Reedy Creek Elementary in September.