Hoffman Estates, Ill. (February 3, 2023) –
Calling collision career and technical students! The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) wants to challenge your creativity! And proving your skills could provide you with the chance to win a tool prize valued at $500!
“The Foundation loves showcasing collision students’ creativity, and we’re so excited to see the designs they submit this year,” professes Melissa Marscin, director of operations and administration for CREF. “Art Meets Automotive offers a phenomenal opportunity for students to demonstrate their talents to the entire industry.”
CREF’s 2nd Annual Art Meets Automotive competition started accepting submissions last week, with a theme of “Transform, Refresh, Renew.” Open to all career tech students, the competition offers a chance for students to showcase their creativity by designing and creating a project using their favorite skillset: painting, sculpting, welding or a combination of all three.
Individual students (no teams) can participate in four competitive categories: refinish, body and refinish, welding or creative. Refinishing students will paint a mini-hood, while body and refinish competitors will design a bowling pin. The open-ended welding and creative categories allow students even more flexibility for expressing their imaginations.
Students interested in competing in the 2023 Art Meets Automotive competition should submit your hand-drawn or digital design, along with a completed registration form by February 28, 2023. Selected designs will be notified in March; all selected entries must be created and shipped to CREF by August 30 with judging to occur on social media and at SEMA 2023 where winners will be announced. One winner in each category will receive a tool prize valued at $500. Submission requirements and other registration information can be found at collisioneducationfoundation.org/art-meets-automotive-contest.
“We’re hopeful that we’ll see even more entries in 2023 for our second annual Art Meets Automotive contest, and we urge industry professionals to encourage students they might know to showcase their talents,” Marscin says. “It’s vital that we find opportunities to generate excitement around this industry and its viability as a career option for students to consider by spotlighting both the industry and the students studying collision repair in high school or college.”
Industry members interested in getting involved and supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision repair training programs can Contact Us to learn about the many ways to get involved. Monetary donations can be made online.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit us online at: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
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