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Students express their creativity in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Program

March 24, 2016 | Effective Communicators | Porter High School students Tanner Hodgkinson and Jose Palma each saw their artwork sell for $10,000 in this year’s school art auction at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Hodgkinson’s piece, a colored drawing entitled Gentlemen’s Agreement placed 21st in the auction out of 64 entries. Palma’s piece, a monochromatic drawing entitled The Lookout placed 50th. The students receive a portion of the proceeds in the form of scholarships. Also, Hodgkinson, along with Ashley Smart and Gracie Evers won scholarships to the Western Art Academy, an intensive four-week workshop under the direction of Schreiner University focusing on oil painting/drawing and sculpture. Schreiner University offers students college credit upon completion of the course work.
New Caney Elementary student Justin Gilbert also won a Glassell Scholarship, a summer learning program at the Glassell School of Art connected with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Other participants in the art program at this year’s rodeo were Brenda Cruz-Flores, Lacey West, Nathan Bourgeios, and Kendall Wienken.  
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program currently hosts competitions in approximately 90 public independent school districts and 40 private schools within 120 miles of the city of Houston. Each year, about 250,000 students, grades Pre-K through 12th, participate in this program, which showcases the culture, history and heritage of the West.