Museum of East Texas announces The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Competition January 16 through February 14, 2016.

Students from Lufkin, Hudson, Madisonville, and Trinity school districts are displaying their artistic talents at the Museum of East Texas January 16 through February 14, 2016. The MET’s mission is education through exhibitions of art and history and to actively encourage art among youth. It is honored to host the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art area competition. This exhibition consists of art in a variety of mediums from students in grades K-12 with a common theme of Rodeo events and Agricultural Heritage. The show displays approximately 1000 pieces of artwork, and students are competing for ribbons, medals, and scholarships.

Students finishing with a Gold Medal or Best of Show award will receive tickets to the Awards program and the HLS&R events at the Reliant Center. High school seniors will be eligible to apply for fifteen, four-year $18,000 scholarships. High school students will also be eligible for the HLS&R Auction if they finish with a Special Merit, Gold Medal, or Best of Show award. High School Best of Show, Gold Medal, and Special Merit winners are eligible to attend summer workshops at the Western Art Academy in Kerrville. Student winners K-12 are eligible to attend the Glassell Junior School of Art in Houston.

The public and parents are invited to a special viewing on Tuesday, January 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Museum of East Texas. The School Art Program currently boasts competition in more than 95 school districts and 50 private or parochial schools in Texas in a close proximity to the Houston metropolitan area. Each year approximately 300,000 students in grades K-12 participate in this program, which showcase the culture, history, and heritage of the West.

The Museum wishes to thank Harlan Neal, District Coordinator, Melanie Moses, Hudson Coordinator, and former District Coordinator Pablo Torres for their continued dedication and support of this important endeavor.

Contact: J.P. McDonald, Executive Director at 936-639-4434 or

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