October 07, 2009 16:19 ET

Red Bull Art of Can DC Opens This Week in Union Station

Media Invited to Opening Reception on Thursday, October 8th in the Main Lobby

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) -


WHAT:   The Red Bull Art of Can competition challenges artists to construct
        pieces created with or inspired by Red Bull Energy Drink and Red
        Bull Simply Cola cans. Fifty six pieces were selected for this
        year's DC collection.

WHO:    Innovative artists -- professional and amateur -- submitted their
        designs for consideration. Ultimately 56 pieces were selected to be
        a part of the DC Collection.  The featured artists are creative
        types of all ages and occupations -- from students to industrial
        designers and sales professionals to artists. The public exhibit
        curated by Val Lewton, former Chief of Design and Production at
        Smithsonian American Art Museum, will be housed in a the DC
        Galleria space designed exclusively for the collection in the Main
        Hall of Union Station.

        Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LPTM) charity organization will also
        be benefitting from all Red Bull sales during the morning and
        evening rush hours while Red Bull Art of Can DC is on display.
        LPTM works with young, underserved African American males living
        in DC and uses arts-based curriculum to discover and activate their
        creative abilities. They have served more than 600 boys and young
        men, changing life challenges into possibilities and created more
        than 1,000 masterpieces.

WHEN:   The Red Bull Art of Can exhibit is free and open to the public from
        October 8th  to the 19th during Union Station's regular business
        hours.

WHERE:  The Red Bull Art of Can gallery will be located in the DC Galleria,
        which is in the Main Lobby of Union Station.

HOW:    A distinguished judging panel was brought in to help sort through
        the array of submissions and determine which pieces earned a
        coveted pedestal in the exhibition. Their decision was based on
        the overall creativity, execution and construction of each piece.
        Special honors will be awarded to the top three scoring artists
        including the grand prize -- an all-expenses-paid trip to Art
        Basel, the world's leading modern art exhibit in Switzerland.
        The public will also designate a "People's Choice Award" by casting
        votes at the exhibit and online at www.redbullartofcan.com.  The
        distinguished judging panel includes:
          --  Tristan Eaton - Illustrator, Toy Designer, President and
              Creative Director of NYC Toy Brand Thunderdog Studios
          --  Stash - New York Graffiti legend, Innovator and Influencer
              in the world of urban design
          --  SAGA MOOR - Philadelphia Art Pioneer and Creative Art
              Director at Miskeen Originals, an urban clothing line
          --  Philippa P.B. Hughes - Founder of The Pink Line Project,
              which fosters art innovation through creative programs
          --  Laurel Lukaszewski - DC installation and sculpture artist
              and founding member of Flux Studios in Mt. Rainier, MD
          --  George Charles Koch - Painter and Founder of A. Salon, Ltd.,
              an artist's service organization in DC


MEDIA EVENTS: Thursday, October 8th:
              Media are invited to the private, invite-only opening
              cocktail reception in the Main Hall in Union Station.
              Cocktail Attire.

              October 8th - 19th:
              Media are invited to conduct interviews at the gallery
              during the duration of the show. Please contact Red Bull
              in advance to arrange an appointment.

              For images, please visit www.redbull-photofiles.com