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 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:
In the Elementary division:
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’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.