Each year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo invite certain public and private school districts to participate in the School Art Program.

Through this program, students aged Pre-K through grade 12 are challenged to think outside of the box in order to create a work of art in either the School Art or Quick Draw category. The pieces are divided by elementary, intermediate and high school.

This brings the community and school together, creating an opportunity to have a dialog between parents, students and teachers about the student’s artwork,” District Fine Arts Coordinator Karri Clark said. “It also provides an opportunity for younger students to see what they are capable of creating as they continue in the visual art program.”

For each age range, participating schools submit entries for district judging by the HLSR School Art Committee. Best of Show, Gold Medal, and Special Merit are awarded in each category and will be on display in the Hayloft Gallery during the Rodeo. 

All artwork submitted is eligible for auction, which will take place on March 10 in the NRG Arena Sales Pavilion. This year, four Klein ISD students’ pieces were chosen for auction. 

“Having four students in the auction is a first in my 12-year tenure as coordinator,” Clark said. “This is a proud moment for Klein ISD, as well as the students and teachers.”

Clark is thankful to the program for allowing students to explore a possible pathway in the arts while receiving recognition for their talent.

We would like to extend congratulations to Maya Poduval, Trinity Leger, Paige Rincon, and Charles Danna for their auction-worthy artwork!