Xyience Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, announced the winners of its XenArt: The Energy of Art competition that took place this past Friday, Aug. 31, at the XenArt show and reception at Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art and The Lady Silvia.
Several hundred people attended the star-studded red carpet event that also celebrated the launch Xyience Xenergy Melon Mayhem and Tangerine Twister.
The evening also included an MMA Artist Showcase featuring the work from artists in the mixed martial arts community such as Mac Danzig, UFC lightweight fighter and landscape photographer; Brittney Palmer, UFC octagon girl and painter; and noted MMA photographer Tracy Lee, among others. Select pieces were part of a silent auction benefitting the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas. The silent auction brought in roughly $1,000 for the Contemporary Arts Center, one of the most recognized institutions for cultivating visual arts in Las Vegas.
Winners of its XenArt: The Energy of Art competition:
The grand prizewinner was Adam Doyle of Massachusetts who created a mixed media piece titled “Xenergy World,” a modern version of “Where’s Waldo?” He received $1,000 and a one-year supply of Xyience Xenergy.
Second place went to Don Michael, Jr., an artist and graphic designer from Las Vegas. His painting, “Synergy,” showcased that extra jolt of energy one receives when their actions are combined with Xenergy. Michael, Jr. received $500 and a Xyience prize package.
Third place was awarded to arguably the most enthusiastic artist in the XenArt contest, Maxwell Shepherd. The artist from Vista, Calif. created several pieces for the contest, but it was his 3D painting, “Powered to Win” that earned him $250 plus a Xyience prize package.
The public was also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece among the finalists on Xyience’s Facebook page. The winner of the People’s Choice Award was Shepherd for his piece “Powered to Win.” He received a one-year supply of Xyience Xenergy.
“We were thrilled to be able to bring together the art and MMA communities to celebrate the XenArt artists and our new beverages,” said John Lennon, Xyience’s president. “Congratulations to our winning artists and a sincere thanks to all of those who participated in the XenArt contest. We look forward to hosting another successful event next year.”