Community members have a chance to bid on the top artworks of the western-themed contest.

“Tack Room” by Dulce Chávez

Aldine ISD students once again showed their artistic talent. Hundreds of students captured the spirit of the West. The district recently announced the winners of the [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]57th Livestock Show’s Student Art Contest. Nimitz High School continues to dominate the event taking home two of the three top spots.

Judges named Dulce Chávez from Nimitz High School the Grand Champion for her artwork “Tack Room.” The Reserve Grand Champion title went to Beattriz Cabrerra from MacArthur High School for her piece “Pigs Country.”

The top six artworks will be up for live bidding during the Sale of Champions Auction. This is set for 7 p.m. on Thu., Jan. 29 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center (1865 Aldine Bender Road).

There will not be a Silent Art Auction this year. For the first time all artworks up for auction will undergo the live bidding process.

[icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]In 2015, the sale of student artworks brought in $10,350. This was made possible by [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]the generous support of the community.

Many of the student artists will be present to talk about their pieces. Attendees will also see them walking around the arena floor with their artworks.

Dr. Michaelann Kelley encourages staff and community members to attend the show. The event is a great scholarship opportunity for AISD students. Kelley is the district’s program director of fine arts.


“Pigs Country” by Beattriz Cabrerra

[icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Again I am amazed by the talent of our students,” said Kelley. “I encourage everyone in our community to come out to the Livestock Show. They will be able to see up close the incredible, original artworks our students are producing.

I also hope community members bid on student artworks. The art auction is a great scholarship opportunity for our students.

The AISD Livestock Show is open to the public Thursday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Jan. 30 starting at 8 a.m.


“Watching” by María Zavala

2016 AISD Livestock Show Art Winners

Grand Champion — Dulce Chávez
Campus: Nimitz HS
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

Reserve Grand Champion — Beattriz Cabrerra
Campus: MacArthur HS
Teacher: Vino Underwood

3rd Place — María Zavala
Campus: Nimitz HS
Teacher: Leslie Rowney

4th Place — Ambar Arrieta
Campus: Davis Ninth Grade School
Teacher: Christopher Peel


“Friend” by Ambar Arrieta

5th Place — Jocelyn Amaro
Campus: Aldine HS
Teacher: Karen Cruise

6th Place — Cynthia Coronado
Campus: Carver HS
Teacher: Laura Luna

7th Place — Timmy Vu
Campus: Davis HS
Teacher: Juan Vera

8th Place — Andrea de Luna
Campus: Aldine HS
Teacher: Lisa GoBoncan



“Close to My Heart” by Jocelyn Amaro


“Caballo Azul” by Cynthia Coronado


“Built on the Prairie” by Timmy Vu


“Wilde Boot” by Andrea de Luna

Read about [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Aldine ISD students competing in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2016 School Art Contest.