Winners of Rodeo Houston’s 2022 School Art Program Named

Thousands of students from nearly 150 districts participated in the 2022 competition and we have photos of the 72 finalists.

HOUSTON — Children across Texas are preparing to show off their pigs, lambs and steers at the Houston Livestock Show next month.

But there is a very different type of rodeo contest designed for students who are gifted performers. the rodeo School art program showcases their works and gives them a chance to win college scholarships.

Each year, the level of talent is very impressive and the competition is fierce.

The 2022 Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion were named over the weekend.

Congratulations to Gracin Nguyen, a junior from Pearland ISD, who won first prize for her drawing entitled “In His Hands”.

Lamar ISD Junior Reserve Grand Champion Mia Huckman is a painting titled “Partners in Time”.

The potential scholarship money is far from peanuts. The 2021 Grand Champion was auctioned off for $155,000 and the reserve Grand Champion went for $120,000.

Thousands of students from 95 public school districts and 54 private schools participated in the 2022 competition.

In January, judges sorted through 3,000 artworks submitted by teachers across the state and selected 739 pieces to advance to the next round.

On January 30, they reduced the number of finalists to 72 to participate in the school art auction scheduled for Sunday, March 13. Each finalist is guaranteed a minimum payout set by RodeoHouston.

You can see the finalists in the NRG Center’s Hayloft Gallery during the Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicks off Monday, February 28.

The Rodeo School Art Program promotes awareness of agriculture, western heritage and rodeo activities through student art competitions.

Categories include painting, colored drawing, monochrome drawing, and mixed media.

The School Art Program has registered nearly 10 million admissions since 1965.

LOOK: 2019 School Art Champion painting sold for $240,000

Kayleen C. Rice