Houston Livestock Show Art Contest offers glimpse at student artists

Jan. 5, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2012 at 7:05 p.m.

It's time again to glimpse the artistic talents of Victoria students.

The Houston Livestock Show Art Contest will open to the public Saturday.

This year the show includes elementary, middle and high school students' western-themed artwork from the Fine Arts Center.

"There's hours, hours and hours these kids put into their artwork," said Candace Coyle, art teacher at Victoria East High School. "We stay up until midnight many a night at the schools so they can finish."

The show will have 300 entries on display, which will be under two hours of scrutiny by judges from the Houston Livestock Show. Before opening the doors to the public, judges will award best of show at the high school, middle school and elementary levels.

They will also award two gold medals and maybe special merit medals to high school entries and one gold medal to a middle school and elementary piece, Coyle said.

The competition is fierce, with judges specializing in certain areas, like artwork of steers or horses.

The only criteria is that the work be western-related, but students are free to choose the medium in which they want to work.

While most choose to use graphite or colored pencils, this year's show will also feature a number of painted canvases, Coyle said.

The best-of-show artwork will travel to Houston to be sold at auction. Previous art from Victoria students have sold for thousands of dollars.

Some of the winning entries will remain on display at the Fine Arts Center for the month of January.



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