Cy Lakes student claims 2nd in Mayor’s Art Scholarship Competition

April 13, 2018

: Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez (left) poses with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez (left) poses with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner after the two spoke about her piece of art (center), Through Disaster, We Grow, at a reception April 11 for the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition. Gutierrez finished second in the senior category and earned a scholarship worth $750.

April 13, 2018—Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez was among seven talented artists who were honored as winners and recipients in the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition, with all seven and their families joining Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at a reception April 11 at city hall.

Gutierrez finished second in the senior category, receiving a scholarship worth $750. More than 150 artists entered the competition, with entries coming from 14 Houston-area school districts and a number of charter schools. The panel of expert judges included those involved in and advocates for visual art education, as well as professional artists.

Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez took roughly 50 photographs to help piece together her piece of art, Through Disaster, We GrowCypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez took roughly 50 photographs to help piece together her piece of art, Through Disaster, We Grow
Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez took roughly 50 photographs to help piece together her piece of art, Through Disaster, We Grow. The art finished second in the senior category at the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition. Showcasing the competition’s prompt, which was to show racial diversity in Houston, Gutierrez found inspiration from her multi-racial family.

The project, which is part of Gutierrez’s portfolio and titled Through Disaster, We Grow, was the biggest challenge she’s taken as an artist. She took roughly 50 photographs that eventually came together to create her artwork, with each individual photo detailing a different portion of the overall piece.

“I got a vision in my head and I did my best to create it,” said Gutierrez, who is currently taking Advanced Placement Digital Art and Media. “I tried photography but it’s not really my speed. I really like graphic design and putting things together to create something new. That’s what this is and it was a great opportunity and a lot of fun.”

In showcasing the competition’s prompt, which was to show racial diversity in Houston, Gutierrez found inspiration for her piece from her multi-racial family. It shows two hands at the top holding each other, with branches growing out from them.

“So I thought, ‘Hey, I’ll use my mom, who’s white, my stepdad, who’s black, and I’m Hispanic,” Gutierrez said. “It can’t get much more diverse than that. I didn’t have to go far to see – it’s in my home.”

With her parents holding hands, Gutierrez formed branches starting at the fingertips. The branches near the fingertips appear frail and unhealthy, but slowly transform into healthier branches with greenery and flowers as they’ve receive water running through from the higher vegetation.

: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) and Council Member Karla Cisneros (right) congratulate Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) and Council Member Karla Cisneros (right) congratulate Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez after her piece of art finished second in the senior category at the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition. Gutierrez and other winners were recognized during a reception April 11 at Houston City Hall.

She also worked in Houston’s plight during and after Hurricane Harvey, as the water running along the branches eventually runs off into a stream near the bottom.

“At the beginning, Harvey took away a ton from Houston,” Gutierrez said. “But through all that, Houston came together. The water flows off the branches into a stream, showing that we all came back together as one.”

At the reception, Turner congratulated each winner and also recognized parents, family members and teachers in attendance.

Seven winners in the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition were honored at a reception April 11 at Houston City Hall.
Seven winners in the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition were honored at a reception April 11 at Houston City Hall. Their artwork was displayed during the ceremony, while each was congratulated by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“Art represents our soul,” Turner said. “It’s where we’ve been, where we are and quite frankly, where we are going. And if you have a talent, then you have to get it on the outside and let people see it.

Turner spent time with each winner in front of his or her artwork, learning the stories behind the pieces, before the artists and guests went to the Houston Public Library next door for a viewing all of the pieces that were entered in the competition.

Gutierrez, who will attend Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, is just happy that she took on the challenge. Earning a top finish was a bonus, as was having her artwork displayed next to others.

Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez (left) poses with her mother Melissa Bell (center) and stepfather Steven Bell at the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition.
Cypress Lakes High School senior D’Lynn Gutierrez (left) poses with her mother Melissa Bell (center) and stepfather Steven Bell at the Fifth Annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship competition. Gutierrez’s artwork finished second in the senior category, earning her a scholarship worth $750. In showcasing the competition’s prompt, which was to show racial diversity in Houston, Gutierrez said she found inspiration from her multi-racial family.

“This scholarship will definitely help out,” she said. “It was really, really cool to see how I fared against the other pieces, and see other people come and look at my piece.”

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