CFISD 2019 Rodeo Art winners announced

January 17, 2019

Jan. 17, 2019—CFISD’s winners in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) School Art Program were announced last week after two judging rounds featuring art teachers and professors, art professionals and the members of the Texas Art Education Association board. The judges chose the top artwork from CFISD student artists, with the selections taken to NRG Arena for the next level of the contest.

A total of 10 winners were selected from the High School, Middle School and Elementary divisions and will be displayed in the Hayloft Gallery at NRG Center during the HLSR, Feb. 25-March 17.

The district used two rounds for the second consecutive year. On Jan. 7, CFISD art teachers narrowed the nearly 550 pieces down to the top 180 for the second round of judging.

On Jan. 8, a committee of rodeo jurors helped narrow down the entries to those that will move on to represent CFISD at the HLSR School Art Program, which encompasses 142 different school district, including private and charter schools, in the Houston area. They included Dr. Sarah Trotty, former art department chair at Texas Southern University and cofounder of the Community Artists’ Collective; Sarah Chapman, former Alief ISD art coordinator and Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) executive director; Suzanne Greene, retired Spring Branch ISD art teacher and TAEA’s 2017 president; and Dominic Clay, artist and curator of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

CFISD and its student artists were praised countless times on the quality, creativity and skill shown among the entries, said Lee Carrier, CFISD visual arts coordinator.

In the High School division:

  • Cypress Ridge High School junior Thanh Le won Best of Show for her artwork titled “Adornment;”
    Cypress Ridge High School junior Thanh Le’s artwork, “Adornment,” earned Best in Show in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Cypress Ridge High School junior Thanh Le’s artwork, “Adornment,” earned Best in Show in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
  • Cypress Falls High School senior Constanza Veronica Moreno won a gold medal for her artwork titled “Journey’s End;”
    Cypress Falls High School senior Constanza Veronica Moreno’s artwork, “Journey’s End,” won a gold medal in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Cypress Falls High School senior Constanza Veronica Moreno’s artwork, “Journey’s End,” won a gold medal in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
  • Cypress Park High School sophomore Fatima Garcia won a gold medal for her artwork titled “El Nopal;”
    Cypress Park High School sophomore Fatima Garcia’s artwork, “El Nopal,” earned a gold medal in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Cypress Park High School sophomore Fatima Garcia’s artwork, “El Nopal,” earned a gold medal in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
  • Cypress Ridge High School senior Rachel Chang won a special merit award for her artwork titled “The Chase;”
    Cypress Ridge High School senior Rachel Chang’s artwork, “The Chase,” won a special merit award in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Cypress Ridge High School senior Rachel Chang’s artwork, “The Chase,” won a special merit award in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
  • Bridgeland High School sophomore Christen Lee won a special merit award for her artwork titled “Country Boy I Love You;” and
    Bridgeland High School sophomore Christen Lee’s artwork, “Country Boy I Love You,” won a special merit award in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Bridgeland High School sophomore Christen Lee’s artwork, “Country Boy I Love You,” won a special merit award in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
  • Cypress Woods High School senior Shruti Banerjie won a special merit award for her artwork titled “Where’s My Steed.”

    Cypress Woods High School senior Shruti Banerjie’s artwork, “Where’s My Steed,” won a special merit award in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Cypress Woods High School senior Shruti Banerjie’s artwork, “Where’s My Steed,” won a special merit award in the High School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

In the Middle School division:

  • Anthony Middle School eighth-grade student Iris Qian won Best of Show for her artwork titled “Life Begins;” and
    Anthony Middle School eighth-grade student Iris Qian’s artwork, “Life Begins,” won Best in Show in the Middle School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Anthony Middle School eighth-grade student Iris Qian’s artwork, “Life Begins,” won Best in Show in the Middle School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

  • Goodson Middle School eighth-grade student Paris Cudini won a gold medal for her artwork titled “Eyes into a Lowly Beast.”
    Goodson Middle School eighth-grade student Paris Cudini’s artwork, “Eyes into a Lowly Beast,” won a gold medal in the Middle School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
    Goodson Middle School eighth-grade student Paris Cudini’s artwork, “Eyes into a Lowly Beast,” won a gold medal in the Middle School division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

In the Elementary division:

  • Lee Elementary School fifth-grade student Anay Ortiz won Best of Show for her artwork titled “Fun on the Farm;” and
    Lee Elementary School fifth-grade student Anay Ortiz’s artwork, “Fun on the Farm,” earned Best in Show in the Elementary division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

    Lee Elementary School fifth-grade student Anay Ortiz’s artwork, “Fun on the Farm,” earned Best in Show in the Elementary division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

  • Metcalf Elementary School fifth-grade student Sarah Hernandez won a gold medal for her artwork titled “Moonlight Cacti.”
    Metcalf Elementary School fifth-grade student Sarah Hernandez’s artwork, “Moonlight Cacti,” earned a gold medal in the Elementary division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

    Metcalf Elementary School fifth-grade student Sarah Hernandez’s artwork, “Moonlight Cacti,” earned a gold medal in the Elementary division of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.

A special gallery showing for parents of the artists and the community will be held Jan. 24 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road). Students, parents, teachers, campus staff and visitors are encouraged to dress in western attire to the event.

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