The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Show is a highly prestigious event that draws entries from thousands of talented young artists in the greater Houston area. This annual art show is part of the School Art Program, which has been challenging and inspiring students from Pre-K through 12th grade for over 50 years.

Participating in this program provides students with an opportunity to showcase their artwork in district shows, win scholarships, travel to summer workshops, and display their art in the Hayloft Gallery during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This is no small feat, as the program supports approximately 130 different school districts, including private and parochial schools in the Houston area.

This year, one of the lucky students who made it to the Auction at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Show is Lina Garcia from Bellville High School.  Her artwork, titled “Running Wild,” was one of only 72 pieces selected from over 4000 Best of Show entries. This is a significant achievement, and one she and the Bellville ISD can be proud of.

Based on placing, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo establishes a guaranteed minimum payment for each exhibitor who qualifies for a junior market auction. They also set a cap amount above the guaranteed minimum for each auction lot. When bidding exceeds the cap amount, the additional funds go into the Rodeo’s Educational Fund to be used for scholarship and grant recipients. Amounts bid between the guaranteed minimum and the cap are accumulated in the bonus pool, which covers any lots that did not bring the guaranteed amount, as well as auction expenses and committee operations.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Show is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents and gain recognition for their hard work. Congratulations to Lina Garcia and all the other students who participated in this year’s event. We look forward to seeing the next generation of talented young artists from our area and the other areas that participate.


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