The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo unveiled its Grand and Reserve Champion Best of Show artwork at the School Art Awards Sunday, March 3.
Denisse Molina, a sophomore from Pasadena ISD, took the Grand Champion Work of Art title with “Stowing the Riggins.” Her color drawing captured a cowboy preparing his saddle for a day’s work.
Denisse said her art teacher is what inspired the piece. She explained that she sees her teacher get ready for class every day and she wanted to capture that in another line of work.
She hopes to attend college in the Northeast to study fine arts and eventually become a full-time artist. “I want to pay for college because I know how expensive it is,” Denisse said.
The Reserve Champion Work of Art, “Peek-a-Boot,” was created by high school senior Rachel Faye Becker from Lamar CISD. Rachel Faye’s multi-medium piece displayed her love for cats by picturing a kitten peeking out the top of a cowboy boot.
Rachel Faye plans to attend Texas State University and receive a degree in business management and studio art.
The Show’s School Art Program allows artists from pre-K through 12th grade to submit original works of art depicting Western culture, history or heritage.
More than 300,000 pieces were entered, some of which are currently on display in the Hayloft Gallery in Reliant Center through the run of Show. Out of these, 54 pieces were selected for the School Art Auction, set for Sunday, March 10, at noon in the Reliant Arena Sales Pavilion.