The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno sponsored a taxicab wrapped in the artwork of Jean-Paul Perrot, assistant professor of music and the runner-up of the seventh annual Taxi-Art Design Contest and son of a university professor. , and Brett Van Hussen, associate professor of art history.
“I think it will be exciting to see Emil’s beautiful artwork and taxi around town with our sponsorship,” said Debra Modelmog, dean emerita of the College of Liberal Arts. “This is a unique reminder of the importance of art and creativity in the lives of our young people and in the lives of our colleges and universities.”
Since 2015, the EDAWN Foundation and the Washoe County School District have partnered for the Taxi-Art Design Contest. This year, they awarded $500 checks to three finalists in each category: elementary, middle and high school. They also wrapped the first place winning design art in a local taxicab.
After unveiling the three winning designs on taxis earlier this summer, additional donors and organizations, including the College of Liberal Arts, have stepped forward to wrap the art of the other six runners-up.
“The enthusiasm and effort of the 124 students who participated in this year’s competition is commendable,” EDAWN President and CEO Mike Kazmierski said in a press release from June. “The students clearly embraced the spirit and beauty of Northern Nevada in every piece of art we received. It goes without saying that the industries are a dynamic economic driver, significantly enhancing our overall quality of life in greater Reno-Sparks as a great place to live, work and play.”