Katy ISD Art Students Raise $224,000 at Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Auction

Katy ISD Art Students Raise $224,000 at Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Auction

March 20 2024

Six students from Katy Independent School District showcased exceptional talent at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) Art Auction, raising a total of $224,000.

Taoran Shi from Woodcreek Elementary stood out with the artwork "Roosters with Bandanas." Guided by art teacher Melanie Korte, Taoran's piece won the Elementary Reserve Class Champion title and drew one of the highest bids, reaching an impressive $105,000.

“Roosters with Bandanas”  by Taoran Shi, Woodcreek Elementary Student
Elementary Reserve Class Champion ($105,000)

The HLSR School Art Program has been encouraging and cultivating the talents of young Texans for over five decades. The innovative program offers students from Pre-K through 12th grade the chance to participate in district art shows, secure scholarships, attend enriching summer workshops, and exhibit their creations in the prestigious Hayloft Gallery. The program collaborates with approximately 130 different school districts, encompassing both private and parochial schools within the Houston area. Every year, thousands of entries pour in, showcasing the remarkable talent within our community.

A significant part of this program is the School Art Auction, where all submitted work is eligible. Additionally, the HLSR School Art Program goes beyond the traditional classroom settings to host art contests in local children's hospitals, helping young patients explore their creativity within the confines of their hospital rooms. Similarly, the Graphic Design Contest pushes students to envision and create a Western art-themed poster promoting the HLSR School Art Program.

The other talented Katy ISD students whose artwork was featured in the HLSR Art Auction include the following:

"The Heeler"

Ashley Chung, 12th Grade

Cinco Ranch High School

Final Bid: $45,000

"Watchful Gaze"

Yuelin Hu, 11th Grade

Jordan High School

Final Bid: $22,000

"Glory’s Gaze"

Hajra Rahim, 12th Grade

Tompkins High School

Final Bid: $12,000

"The Real Star of the Show"

Tina Cao, 9th Grade

Tompkins High School

Final Bid: $20,000

"One of the Herd"

Linh Nguyen, 10th Grade

Cinco Ranch High School

Final Bid: $20,000


To view the complete HLSR Schoo Art Auction gallery, please visit the HLSR website.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 

Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.


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