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Posted on April 24, 2018

TCU School of Art graduate student earns 2018 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Texas Artist Award

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas Christian University (TCU) College of Fine Arts is proud to announce that TCU School of Art MFA candidate Audrey Travis is the 2018 winner of the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Texas Artist Award. Travis was selected from among five finalists for this prestigious award and opportunity.

“Audrey Travis presented her work to a jury of professors, representatives from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Michael Auping, former chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,” said Richard Lane, director of the School of Art. “The jurors were unanimous in their opinions that Audrey gave an outstanding presentation about her work.”

As part of the Emerging Texas Artist Award, Travis will receive a two-month residency in Berlin, Germany, provided by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. The residency includes travel, lodging, studio space at the international cultural center Künstlerhaus Bethanien, use of a vehicle and a $5,000 stipend. Additionally, as part of a personalized networking program, Travis will receive free admission to Berlin museums and introductions to important members of the renowned Berlin art community.

Travis holds a BFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Ga.) and has exhibited her work in Hilmsen, Germany; Savannah, Ga.; and Dallas. Her work explores the monolithic through simple acts and interventions.

A 2016 addition to the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Experiencing Perspectives art program, the Emerging Texas Artist Award reinforces the compnay’s commitment to supporting the arts and art education in the local community.

The Experiencing Perspectives art program includes a professionally designed exhibit at the company’s Fort Worth office, typically featuring more then 100 works of art from TCU and Southern Methodist University (SMU). This exhibit allows students to promote themselves as artists by displaying their work and benefits Mercedes-Benz Financial Services employees by inspiring creativity and innovative thinking in the workplace.

“We salute, congratulate, admire and applaud all of the artists and designers who honor us in sharing their talent. We place immense value on the influence art has in the workplace; and we are incredibly proud and grateful for this ongoing, growing relationship that benefits all those involved,” said Janet Marzett, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Vice President Operations Americas.

Travis’ art was part of the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibitions alongside selected works from fellow TCU and SMU students. These works were also included in the annual catalogues produced by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, giving the artists a higher level of professional exposure.

The Experiencing Perspectives art program is unique in connecting the experience of art with the dynamics of the workplace to educate and foster creative thinking. It serves four, renowned art schools located in the United States and Canada, where Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has corporate offices. The company started the program with TCU and SMU at its Fort Worth facility in 2008.

For more information on the TCU School of Art visit: finearts.tcu.edu/art

For more information about Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ Experiencing Perspectives art program and community art partnerships visit: Website: www.art.mbfs.com


About the TCU College of Fine Art

With approximately 760 undergraduate and 75 graduate students in its programs, the TCU College of Fine Arts is committed to preparing world changers. The college offers 33 undergraduate degree-plan options and 24 advanced degree programs from the Schools of Art, Music and Classical & Contemporary Dance, and the departments of Graphic Design, Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising and Theatre. For more information on the TCU School of Art, visit finearts.tcu.edu/art.

About Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with Business Center Operations in Fort Worth, Texas, provides brand‐specific financial products and services for Mercedes‐Benz and smart automotive dealers and their retail customers. In the U.S. trucking industry, it conducts business as Daimler Truck Financial and provides flexible financial products and services for Daimler Trucks North America commercial vehicles branded Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Bus and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC serves as the headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and has approximately 1,800 employees throughout the Americas. It is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, which does business in 40 countries and has an employee base of approximately 8,800 people worldwide. Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading financial services organizations worldwide and was named one of the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place To work Institute in 2014. For more information, please visit www.corp.mbfs.com or facebook.com/mymbfs. For more information about Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ Experiencing Perspectives art program and community art partnerships visit: www.art.mbfs.com.