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Photography by Jay Marroquin & Earlie Hudnall, Jr & Kim Coffman

For the Sake of Art is a biennial wearable art competition that celebrates the vibrant talent of emerging artists and designers. Originally conceived as a fundraiser to support the restoration of the Texas Southern University’s 128 murals, the competition has grown to feature works from art alumni from the 1950’s through the 21st century.  

Each participating designer selects a featured work of art which serves as inspiration and creates a garment based upon the chosen work. Designers are encouraged to be as creative and as imaginative as possible. In past competitions, murals, sculpture, ceramics, paintings, mosaics and drawings have all been used to create exciting wearable art.


Judges select the winners based upon criteria such as the overall design, the construction of the garment, and imaginative use of materials. Past judges for the competition have included Elizabeth Anyaa, Danielle Burns, Lora Clemmons, Chloe Dao, Cesar Galindo, Tina Knowles, Anita Smith, and Jeffrey Williams. This competition attracts designers throughout the country with finalists submitting designs from Dallas, North Carolina, New York as well as Houston. Prior to the runway presentation, finalists have the opportunity to receive valuable advice and constructive critiques from the judges.

David C. Driskell Legacy Sponsors                                                               

  • Rosalyn Boyd

  • Mary Auzenne

  • Evelyn Washington

  • Gaynell Drexler

  • Stacey Jones

  • Andrea Bonner

  • Wellesley College – Alvia Wardlaw

  • Fisk Alumni – Annette Bracey

  • Duke Alumni – Evelyn Washington

  • Richard & Tina Knowles Lawson

  • Blue Triangle Garden Club

  • Southern Sound & Lighting

  • Ramon & Karen Manning

  • Diane Jemison Pollard

  • Brentwood Baptist Church

  • Tiffany and Dennis Hatchett