White flashes lit up the National Ranching Heritage Center Saturday, Jan. 13, as proud parents snapped pictures of children who had just won awards for entries in the Western Art Contest.

For the first time since beginning in 2015, the contest was opened to elementary school students in addition to middle and high school students. In 146 entries, four elementary schools, four middle schools and six high schools were represented, Shelby Schwartz, the Education Coordinator at the National Ranching Heritage Center, said.

Four judges scored the submissions. The top two scores were named Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. Remaining art was separated into categories: elementary, middle and high school. Then, the top three scores received first, second, third and the category champion. Each school entered also received a Best of Show award, according to Schwartz.

“But in the exhibit, you can see everything from some really nice fiber and textile pieces, some string art, there's some foil relief pieces, traditional drawing, some painting, just a really nice mix,” Nealy Holley, an art teacher at Iron Middle School, said.

Holley's students have been represented every year, and this year her students accounted for 20 of the 146 entries, she said.

Austin Carr from Cavazos Middle School won Grand Champion for his piece “Rodeo.” Carr said he spent a month working on the piece.

He intends to pursue art and is interested in attending Tech, he said.

The Western Art Contest also shows the artistic side of Texas Tech, which may draw more students interested in art.

“The kids get to come out to Tech, a lot of them have only been to some sporting event in the past and this is just a new way to see that there are all types of things on a college campus,” Holley said. “The Ranching Heritage Center is just a great place to exhibit artwork and we're really proud to have that opportunity.”

This was the first year the contest was open to elementary school students, so Cindy Gordon, an art teacher at Rush Elementary School, entered 12 of her students. One of her students, McKaylie McMillin, won Best of Show for her piece, “Cowboy Cactus.”

McMillin stayed after school on her birthday to finish her artwork, Gordon said.

All entries will be on display from Jan. 13 - Jan. 19 at the National Ranching Heritage Center. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion’s art will also be recognized at the Lubbock County Junior Livestock Show Association’s sale at the Texas Tech Livestock Arena.

2018 Western Art Contest Results

Best of Show

Hardwick Elementary: Mason Payne, “The Wild West, Land of the Free” -- Art Teacher; Brenna Day

Honey Elementary: Caleb Yang, “Colorful Cacti” -- Art Teacher; Kathy Gist

Roy Roberts Elementary: Dezmond Haward-Williams, “The Western Desert Boot” -- Art Teacher; Heather Baker

Rush Elementary: McKaylie McMillin, “Cowboy Cactus” -- Art Teacher; Cindy Gordon

Cavaos Middle School: Kaden Ramirez, “Field” -- Art Teacher; Catherine Argueta

Irons Middle School: Avery Trevino, “Texas Sunset” -- Art Teacher; Delfine Mazzamuto

Slaton Junior High: Kaitlyn Halpain, “Horse in His Stable” -- Art Teacher; Deidra Brooks

Smylie Wilson Middle School: Mia Gonzales, “Lonely Sunrise” -- Art Teacher: Reyna Matsler

Coronado High School: Anissa Olmos, “Home is Where the Heart Is” -- Art Teacher; Jessica Murph

Lubbock High School: Mitchell Starnes, “What Dreams are Made Of” -- Art Teacher; Susan Donini

Monterey High School: Kory Griggs, “Grooming a Champion” -- Art Teacher; Stacy Griggs

Shallowater High School: Madi Oliphint, “Down a Dirt Road” -- Art Teacher; Donna Elmore

Sharp Academy: Savannah Hoffman, “Free Range” -- Art Teacher; Rose Ikemba

Talkington SYWL: Aidan Davis, “Parched Desert” -- Art Teacher; Denise Moore

Elementary

3rd place - Emmy Westbrook

“Colorful Cacti”

Honey Elementary

Art Teacher: Kathy Gist

2nd place - Jaylee Petree

“Colorful Cacti”

Honey Elementary

Art Teacher: Kathy Gist

1st place - Mariam Ahmed

“Western Boot”

Honey Elementary

Art Teacher: Kathy Gist

Elementary Champion - Marcus DeVera

“Colors of Texas”

Honey Elementary

Art Teacher: Kathy Gist

Middle School

3rd place - Joseph Monreal

“The Homestead”

Slaton Junior High

Art Teacher: Deidra Brooks

2nd place - Jeremiah Mindieta

“Ancestor”

Cavazos Middle School

Art Teacher: Catherine Argueta

1st place - Jasmyn Alcorta

“All Horns Up for Texas”

Slaton Junior High

Art Teacher: Deidra Brooks

Middle School Champion - Emily Rogers

“A Western Christmas”

Irons Middle School

Art Teacher: Define Mazzamuto

High School

3rd place - Natalia Barrera

“Cotton Boquet”

Lubbock High School

Art Teacher: Susan Donini

2nd place - Mya Garcia

“Moo”

Lubbock High School

Art Teacher: Susan Donini

1st place - Chloe Christensen

“The Pack”

Shallowater High School

Art Teacher: Donna Elmore

High School Champion - Caulen Dolle

“Milk Can Before a Barn”

Shallowater High School

Art Teacher: Donna Elmore

Reserve Grand Champion - Celeste DeVilliers

“Desert Fire”

Lubbock High School

Art Teacher: Susan Donini

Grand Champion - Austin Carr

“Rodeo”

Cavazos Middle School

Art Teacher: Catherine Argueta

(1) comment

Carraustin

Me Austin Carr grand champ looks horrible in that pic but still got the skills great job for who all won and thanks to the Ranching Heritage Center

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