Tarkington students’ artistic talents on display at rodeo art show

Olivia Collier, gold medalist in the elementary division of the Tarkington Rodeo Art Show, had only a miniature of her artwork to display as the original was sent to the rodeo art contest at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Pictured with Olivia are her parents, Keisha and C.W. Collier, and art teacher Susan Greak (left).

Tarkington ISD held its annual rodeo arts show on Jan. 26 to showcase the talents of students and to recognize the top winners.

The winners are:

High School

Best in Show – Sophia Smith
Gold Medal – Ricardo Renteria
Gold Medal – Zachary Hobbs

Middle School

Best in Show – Angel Marroquin
Gold Medal – Dylan Yancey


Best in Show – William Rhodes
Gold Medal – Olivia Collier

These pieces are currently in Houston, awaiting additional judging by Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo judges to determine if they will be selected for auction. They will go up against top pieces from all over Houston and surrounding areas.

Typically 70-plus pieces are selected for auction from the high school level. New this year, two junior high and two elementary level pieces will also be selected for auction.

In addition, these students will receive scholarship applications for a chance to win the opportunity to attend Glassell School of Art in Houston this summer, paid for by HLS&R. High School students will also receive a scholarship applications to the Western Art Academy in Kerrville, TX. Students will stay at Shriner University while learning about sculpting with oil-based clay and oil painting. Students who attend WAA will have the opportunity to earn college credit as well.

Both opportunities promise great experiences for those who are selected to attend.

You may find more information about the above mentioned locations at the following links:

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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