Local young artist carries on tradition started 20 years ago

By Morgan Lyons

Photo courtesy of DART

Doreen Chen, a student at Jasper High School in Plano, is this year’s best of show winner in Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) annual student art contest.

Chen’s work, based on the theme “Oh, the places DART goes” was selected from 1,157 entries from students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The 10th grader received a $1,000 cash prize by Dallas Contemporary, and her winning art is now being displayed on the side of a DART bus traveling across the agency’s 13-city service area.

The winning entry along with 29 various grade-level first, second, third place and honorable mention winners can be seen at DART.org/artcontest and on display at the Dallas Museum of Art through May 4.

The winning entries will also be shown at Dallas Love Field Airport from mid-May until the end of June and in the lobby of Plano’s historical Courtyard Theater, located in the Downtown Plano Arts District near Downtown Plano Station, from the end of June through early August.

DART’s student art contest is a 20-year tradition that helps promote the use of public transportation and is supported by community partners.