March 27, 2020
Lamkin Elementary School third grade student Darine Murshed was among 14 artworks selected to be part of the 2020 Governor’s Gallery.
March 27, 2020—Lamkin Elementary School third grade student Darine Murshed was among 14 artists across the state to have their pieces selected for inclusion in the 2020 Governor’s Gallery by Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott and her staff. Murshed’s artwork will join the others in being framed and displayed in Governor Abbott’s business office for the next year.
The honor is part of the office’s increased support of the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) and Youth Art Month (YAM), which is observed in March and promotes art and art education in the United States.
“I love being creative. I’m an artist who can share my creativity with everyone,” Murshed said. “I’m very happy. This is the first time to get this kind of recognition in art. Also, I’m very honored to represent my school, district and state.”
Murshed first had her piece chosen to the be in the YAM State Capitol Exhibit, which showcases 100 artworks statewide in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and lower rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Austin. The awards ceremony and celebration, originally scheduled for March 22, were canceled in accordance to the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention’s guidance on prevention of COVID-19 spread.
The TAEA did, however, unveil the artworks digitally through its social media channels.
“We have to take advantage of every opportunity to share our students’ talents outside the walls of the school,” said Jeanna Peña, Lamkin visual arts teacher. “Exhibits like this showcase them in a way that is empowering, which is the reason we are here—to teach, to guide and to empower our students so that they can embrace not only their talents but also their voice and their place in this world.”