Howell Middle School art student’s work selected for YAM State Capitol Show | Local News

Laina Kolos, an eighth grade student at Howell Middle School, had her artwork selected to be part of the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) Youth Art Month (YAM) Capitol Show.

Laina’s works will be featured alongside pieces from more than 80 school districts across the state at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin for the month of March. This exhibit features art from pre-K through 12 across the state.

The art exhibition will be presented throughout the month of March. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is located at 1800 Congress Ave., Austin.

“It’s a real joy to teach Laina in the art studio. She works hard every day and I’m thrilled to see her hard work and creativity recognized,” said Krysta Lyssy, art teacher at Howell Middle School.

In November 2021, at the November Visual Art Teachers Meeting, art teachers collectively chose four artworks to represent Victoria ISD for the YAM State Capitol Show. Eight artworks were brought to the Visual Arts Teachers meeting and VISD submitted four based on our district’s registration. Learn more about it here.

“Ms. Lyssy is truly passionate about art and sharing her knowledge with her students. When a teacher is passionate about what they do, their students will be too,” said District Visual Arts Facilitator Jamie Sainz. “You can tell, just by looking at this beautiful piece of art by Laina, that the passion to create has been passed down to her.”

Since its inception, March has been National Youth Art Month, with Texas being a leader in YAM celebrations and events. The TAEA sponsors various programs celebrating the month of March, one of them being the YAM State Capitol Exhibit.

“The level of student and teacher achievement highlighted in this exhibit is a direct reflection of your leadership and support for the arts,” said Tiffany Silverthorne, YAM Vice President for TAEA. “TAEA is proud to be able to provide children across the state of Texas with the opportunity to showcase their work and promote the importance of student art within the community.”

Kayleen C. Rice