It’s time to cast a vote to select the final collector for the Perot Museum’s first full-scale, self-curated exhibition, Eye of the Collector.
After entries poured in over the last month, an impressive group of judges stepped in to narrow the contestant pool down to 15 finalists – five collectors from each of the three categories of “Best Youth” (17 and under), “Most Unique” and “Most Visually Stunning.” Their collections range from vintage Texas and pop-culture curiosities, to connections with the past and simple objects gathered over family vacations.
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Now through March 25, it’s up to the public to decide the People’s Choice winner, whose collection will be featured in the much-anticipated Eye of the Collector exhibition, which runs April 16 – Sept. 5, 2016. In addition, the three finalists’ collections (one from each category) will be displayed within the Museum. To view and vote, go to perotmuseum.org/vote.
The five finalists in the “Best Youth (17 and under)” category include a collection of heart-shaped rocks, an assortment of antique bottles, a treasure trove of rubber duckies, and memorabilia dedicated to Godzilla and Dr Pepper. The finalists in the “Most Unique” category include several thousand spinning tops, traditional Japanese dolls, toy space guns, Harry Houdini mementos and trinkets dedicated to the art of shining shoes.
The “Most Visually Stunning” collections earning a final spot include handmade guitars, early 20th-century perfume bottles, Victorian barbershop glassware, designer hats and a piano completely covered in Beatles collectibles.
The six stellar judges who determined the finalists are Joshua Good (artist and founder of The Aurora-Rhoman Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics); Ben Jones (dean of the Dallas Zoo’s Wild Earth Academy); Olivier Meslay (chief curator, Dallas Museum of Art); Melissa Prycer (executive director at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park); Jordan Roth (co-owner and gallery director, Ro2 Art); and Scott Winterrowd (curator of education, Meadows Museum).
In addition to the “People’s Choice” winner, Eye of the Collector will feature signature pieces from Nancy and Randy Best including paleontological specimens, early hominids, pre-Columbian artifacts and weapons, Sumerian tablets and spectacular minerals extracted from the earth, to name a few.
Among the other collectors are an avid Dallas Cowboys fan with one of the largest-ever assortments of team memorabilia; a Guinness World Record-holding collector of Star Wars mementos; a beloved civic leader with a passion for Ballet Folklórico costumes; an arts patron who collects unique, wearable works of art made with unexpected materials; a PEZ aficionado; an enthusiast of African American dolls; a fossil guru with a mastodon jaw that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson; an admirer of exquisite folk art; and a keeper of vintage bicycles.
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About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners.
The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park features 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. To learn more, please visit: perotmuseum.org.