Sunday, June 16, 2019

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 

1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

Vehicles are chosen based on the year’s theme by invitation only, and between 200 and 300 vehicles are at the show on Father’s Day. In addition, EyesOn Design features special exhibitions and concept and production vehicles which debuted during the previous year’s auto show circuit, including ones which were awarded at EyesOn Design at the North American International Auto Show.

EyesOn Design receives its support from both domestic and foreign vehicle manufacturers, as well as automotive suppliers and other loyal companies. Judging is facilitated by active and retired exterior and interior designers from leading automotive and supplier companies.


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One of the rare concours to focus on design rather than collectibility.
— New York Times

2019 Event InformatiON



Site: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

Date: Father’s Day, June 16 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tickets: $25 per person. Children 12 & under free w/adult.
                Active duty military free w/ID. 

Car show tickets may be purchased at the gate, day of the event.

Theme: "DESIGN AROUND THE WORLD - Design is Universal - to demonstrate differences of design by country and allow spectators to compare these designs within different vehicle types."


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2019 Honorary Chairman: Bill Chapin, Grosse Pointe, MI
2019 Grand Marshals: Jeff Cauley, Founder/Owner/General Manager, Cauley Ferrari
Joe Cauley, Sales Manager, Cauley Ferrari
2019 Preserving the Vision Award Recipient: Steve Plunkett,
London, ONT.

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Site: Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Front Lawn, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

Date: June 16, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tickets: $85/person; $800 table of 10; $25/children under 12 with adult,
               (includes admission to Sunday car show).

Brunch tickets must be reserved in advance and space is limited.
To reserve your space, call the DIO at 313-824-4710.


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  MGM Grand Detroit/Ballroom
1777 3rd Ave
Detroit MI 48226

Date:  Friday, June 14, 2019
Time:  6:30-11:00pm
Valet Parking

 Reservations Required
Names will be held on a Registration List at the door.

Vision Honored Dinner $195 per person 
Vision Honored Dinner $1,700 Table of Ten

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New for 2019

Kids’ Art-making Workshop presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Bring your kids to the DIA tent where they’ll be guided through building and decorating a travel and adventure journal. 


   Travel journals are records, usually incorporating written entries, illustrations, photographs and memorabilia. They are made by travelers during their journeys and serve as reminders of personally meaningful experiences and observations along their way.  Sometimes referred to as “road journals”, they have a history that stretches back to the 2nd century A.D. when Pausanias wrote about his journeys in Greece.  The travel journals of Lewis and Clark are also notable examples.  They contain the accounts of Lewis’ and Clark’s exploration of the western United States between 1804 and 1806.

Where are some places you’ve traveled?
How will your travel journal be decorated?
What will you include inside your journal?



Meet the artist

Artist: Jim Dietz

Artist: Jim Dietz

About the artist: In his portraits of events in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Jim Dietz aspires to achieve that rare combination of historical fact and the romance, adventure and color of fiction. He is enamored with the Golden Age of Illustration, focusing on people, dress and composition.

Jim graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1969. He had a successful illustration career in Los Angeles and New York, with a steady flow of work ranging from automobile ads, movie posters, and romantic and historical/action book covers.

By 1978, Jim and his wife had moved to Seattle, where Jim’s work gradually shifted away from commercial illustration to primarily historical aviation, automotive and military art. Today his work is internationally known and collected, and his style, with its emphasis on depth of story, is recognized by collectors of historical art. His list of clients includes: Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Federal Express, Allison, Cessna, Flying Tigers, the Indianapolis 500, BMW, the National Guard and many U.S. Army associations: U.S. Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne, 3rd Division, 4th Division, 29th Division, First Division, 1st Cavalry, 11th Cavalry, 28th Division, 41st Division and 37th Division, Command General Staff College, Army War College, US Air Force Documentary Art Program, Wingnut Studios, Meadowbrook and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. His paintings are part of the permanent collections of many military museums around the country, including the Pentagon, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, Special Forces Museum, 82nd Airborne Museum, and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Jim has been a member of the World War I Aviation Historical Hall of Fame, an Artist Fellow of the American Society of Aviation Artists and a board member of the Automotive Fine Artists of America. He had one-man shows at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1990, 1998 and 2003; San Diego Air & Space Museum in 1990; and the US Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 2003.

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, owned by Keith Crain

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, owned by Keith Crain

In 2001, Barnes & Noble Publishing released a book on Jim’s World War II art, entitled Portraits of Combat. In 2005, Jim fulfilled a childhood dream when he got the opportunity for a cameo role in Peter Jackson’s (Lord of the Rings) remake of King Kong. Jim plays the role of pilot of the Curtis Helldiver aircraft which fires at Kong while he is perched high above New York on the Empire State Building. Aeronaut Books published Knights in Canvas in 2012, featuring Jim’s WWI aviation artwork

Jim and his wife, Patti, live in Seattle with their dog, Sarah, who shares the distinction with previous Dietz pets, of being a regular in Jim’s paintings. Their son, Ian, is currently an officer serving in the U.S. Army. Jim works in a warm, pleasantly cluttered studio that resembles a WWI aviation bar, surrounded by uniforms, props and models that have made their way into paintings over the years.

Jim Dietz’s Awards include:

• Best in Show, EAA Aviation Art Show, three successive years, 1989-91

• Named Master Artist, EAA, 1992

• People’s Choice Award, American Society of Aviation Artists, 1988

• Best in Show, Franklin Mint Artists Show, 1992

• Best in Show & three Best of Era Awards, San Antonio Military Art Show, 1992

• Honorable Mention, American Society of Aviation Artists Show, 1994

• Best in Show, Flying Magazine/Simuflite Art Show, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001

• Award of Merit, Flying Magazine/Simuflite Art Show, 1995, 2000

• Best in Show, Naval Aviation Museum Art Show, 1994, 2000

• First Place, Naval Aviation Museum Art Show, 1995

• R. G. Smith Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation Art, National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL, 1997

• Best in Show, Women in Aviation Show, C.R. Smith Museum, Dallas, TX, 1997

• Stanley Wanlass Award for excellence in strength of design and composition, echoing the spirit of the automobile, Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, 1997

• Featured Artist, Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, 1999

• Award of Excellence, Automotive Fine Artists of America show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, 1999, 2000, 2011, 2013, 2015

• Peter Helck Award, Automotive Fine Artists of America show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, 1999, 2000, 2013, 2015

• League of WWI Aviation Historians, four Silver Cups

• Lincoln Award for Elegance, Automative Fine Artists of America show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, 2007, 2015

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Ralph Gilles Shares overview of the 2015 EyesOn Design Auto Show.

Raising Money to Support Vision


A benefit for Henry Ford Health System's Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, EyesOn Design is a major source of funding for the DIO's research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the non-profit Henry Ford Health System




Photos from 2018 EYESON DESIGN Events, Courtesy of DW3 Photography and the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS).

2018 EYESON Design Award Winners

Bridgestone Honorary Chairman's Award
1939 Bugatti
Stelvio Mr Keith Crain
Detroit, MI

Bridgestone Honorary Grand Marshall Award
1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster
Mr Dick Harding
Beavercreek, OH

Bridgestone Interiors Award
1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
Mr Dana Panetta
Mt Clemens, MI

Bridgestone Preserving the Vision Award Honoring Myr
1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Town Sedan
Mr Myron Vernis

Bridgestone Rolling Sculpture Award
1936 Stout Scarab
Mr Larry Smith
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Category Recognition - Raymond Loewy's Avanti
1971 Avanti II Sports Coupe
Mr Harvey Snitzer
Canton, MI

Category Recognition: From Runways to Roadways: W
1948 Tucker 48
Mr John Schuler
Aurora, IN

Design Discussion and Poster Car
1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept
Mr Jacob Gilbert - GM
Warren, MI

Design of Exceptional Merit Award - FCA
1935 Auburn 851Speedster
Mr Greg Ornazian
Rochester, MI

Design of Exceptional Merit Award - Toyota Calty
1965 Pontiac Bonneville
Mr. H. Lee Hadley
New Matamoras, OH

Design of Exceptional Merit Award - Toyota Calty
2019 Toyota Avalon
Mr Benjamin Jimenez

Design Theme Presentation
1961 Chevrolet Mako Shark Concept
Mr Jacob Gilbert - GM
Warren, MI

Design Theme Presentation
1963 Chrysler Turbine FCA
Auburn Hills, MI

Design Theme Presentation
1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S Coupe
Mr Roman Tucker
Attica, MI

Designers Choice Award - 1950s-1960s Small Car Inva
1948 Fiat Topolino convertible Coupe
Mr Ken Becker
Fraser, MI

Designers Choice Award - 1960s Drag Racing & Muscu
Mr & Mrs Larry Weymouth
Ray, MI

Designers Choice Award - 1970s-1990s Sheer Europea
1984 Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon
Mr Richard Vaughan
Berkley, MI

Designers Choice Award - 1970s-1990s Wedge Design
1975 Bricklin SV1 Coupe
Mr David DeMilner
White Lake, MI

Designers Choice Award - Race Inspired Aerodynamics
2018 Ford GT
Mr Andy J. Benedict
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Designers Choice Award - Racing Car Descendants
1959 Mercedes 190 SL Roadster
Mr Russ Oddo
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Designers Choice Award - The Motorcycles of Japan
1971 Honda SL 100
Mr Russ Hibbs
New Baltimore, MI

Designers Choice Award - The Motorcycles of Japan
1979 Kawasaki Black Moly Turbo Motorcycle
Mr Frank Powelson
Canton, MI

Designers Choice Award 1920s -1930s Wooden Speed
1932 Auburn 8-100 A Speedster
Mr Don Lyons
Dowagiac, MI

Designers Choice Award 1970s - 1980s Graphic Muscle
1979 Pontiac Trans Am
Mr Jeffrey Clark
Monroe, MI

Designers Choice Award 1970s and Beyond Asian Influence
1971 Datsun 240 Z Coupe
Mr Seth Blackman
Lake Orion, MI

Designers Choice Award 1970s-1990s Wedge Design
1974 Detomaso Pantera
Mr Gary Gumushian
Keller, TX

Designers Choice Award At Home & On the Road Art D
1938 Buick Lancefield CCCA Museum
Hickory Corners, MI

Designers Choice Award At Home & On the Road
Mid-1962 Lincoln Continental
Mr Gerald Majeske
Livonia, MI

Designers Choice Award Classic Era Designs
1938 Lagonda LG6 Saloon deVille
Mr David D'Agostino
Dearborn, MI

Designers Choice Award Outside the Box Sculptural
1966 Buick Reviera GS
Mr Dennis Manner
Linden, MI

Designers Choice Award Stock to Rock - CustomVersio
1963 Buick Riviera Coupe
Ms Marcy Molkenthen
Giddings, TX

Designers Choice Award Stock to Rock - Stock Version
1964 Buick Riviera
Mr Matt Smith
Shelby Twp, MI

Designers Choice Award Traditional Customs
1951 Chevrolet Deluxe Mr Keith Ashley
Northport, MI

Designers Choice Award Traditional Customs
1964 Buick Riviera
Mr Rod Dotten
Madison Heights, MI

Designers Choice Award: 1940s-1950s Cross Country
1950 Nash Ambassador Sedan
Mr & Mrs Clarence Becker
St Clair Shores, MI

FCA Corporate Car and 2018 NAIAS
2019 FCA Ram 1500 FCA
Auburn Hills, MI

Junior Judges Award - 100th Anniversary Chevrolet Truck
1956 Chevrolet 3200 Pickup Truck
Mr Tom Duke Farmington Hills, MI

Junior Judges Award - Dreams Come True Concept
2005 Chrysler 300C FCA
Auburn Hills, MI

Junior Judges Award - Dreams Come True Production
1994 Dodge Viper RT/10
Mr Jon Grasso
Clinton Twp, MI

Lifetime Design Achievement Recognition
2016 Buick Avista
Mr Jacob Gilbert - GM
Warren, MI

Ms. Senior Michigan Introduction, Ms. Rae Mcintosh
1968 Buick Wildcat Convertible
Mr Mark Stromberg
Macomb, MI

The Jet Age Tailfins & Afterburners
1959 Chevrolet Impala
Mr Al Trombetta
Royal Oak, MI


Photos from 2017 EYESON DESIGN Events, Courtesy of DW3 Photography and the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS).

PHOTOS FROM previous EYESON DESIGN exhibitions 

Photos courtesy of the Don Wood and the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). See more of Don's awards photos here and HFHS photos of the show here