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Scrap Can Be Beautiful

Commercial Metals Company celebrates the 40th anniversary this year of the annual “Scrap Can Be Beautiful” contest and exhibit. 

Since 1978, this annual exhibit has partnered with Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts, located in Dallas, Texas, to feature metal art sculptures created by students in a sculpture class at the school.  All scrap metal used in the various sculptures is donated to the school by Commercial Metals Company from one of our local recycling yards in the Dallas area.

The artwork is judged each year by a panel of professionals comprised of artists and individuals who have worked in the arts field, some of whom have judged the contest for over 20 years.  Sculptures are judged in ‘Tabletop’ and ‘Floor’ categories and the winning entries are then displayed in the Commercial Metals Company’s corporate lobby for one year. 

The 40th annual "Scrap Can Be Beautiful" contest was held the week of April 23, 2018.  Jessica Bell, instructor for Visual Arts 3D Design/Sculpture and AP 3-D Design at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, oversaw the students in creating their works of art, each piece being skillfully welded and sculpted to reflect the individuality of the student artists.

The 2018 judging panel was comprised of: artist Maria Teresa Garcia-Pedroche, formerly of the Dallas Museum of Art, Patricia Meadows, and sculptural artists George Tobolowsky and Terri Stone.

Seven winning pieces were selected this year; four in the ‘Tabletop’ and three in the ‘Floor’ categories.  Students of the winning sculptures were awarded ribbons and monetary prizes by Commercial Metals Company.  Each student was also given the option to enter the pieces they wished to sell into a silent auction where employees were able to bid on and purchase pieces.

For questions related to "Scrap Can Be Beautiful", please contact contest and exhibit coordinator, Susan Gerber at

2018 Winners
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