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FBISD visual art students have successful year after receiving regional, state and national honors (6/1/2020)

FORT BEND ISD (June 1, 2020) – This spring, several Fort Bend ISD high school visual art students received numerous awards and recognition in regional, state, and national art competitions. From the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Contest to the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards Program, our students outshined the rest, earning top awards for their entries. Read on to learn more.


Fort Bend ISD students advance in 2020 Houston Rodeo Art Show

This year, approximately 200,000 student artists from 101 public schools and 53 private schools participated in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s School Art Contest. Among the students were 17 Fort Bend ISD students who advanced to the Grand Prix level of the art show, vying for the selection as Grand Champion, Reserve-Grand Champion or Auction winners. In the final round, 72 pieces of artwork were selected as winning pieces and were featured in the March auction. To top it off, Clements High School student Amaris Shi was crowned the 2020 Reserve Grand Champion for her colored pencil drawing, Roped In. Read more about FBISD’s 2020 Houston Rodeo Art Show winners.


Thirteen FBISD students named Gold Seal Winners in 2020 Visual Arts Scholastic Event

Each year, academically eligible students throughout Texas, in grades 9-12, participate in regional Visual Art Scholastic Events (VASE). The events welcome approximately 35,000 entries annually, and regional winners advance to the State VASE competition where jurors from across the U.S. assess entries using a standards-based rubric. After the final judging, Fort Bend ISD students earned 43 Gold Medals and 13 Gold Seals at this year’s State VASE. Read more FBISD’s 2020 State VASE award winners.


Clements High School student honored as a 2020 Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master

Visual art student Michelle Wang of Clements High School is one of only 15 recipients of the 2020 Texas Young Masters designation this biennium. The multi-year grant program, sponsored by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust, is open every other year to talented young artists in grades 8-11. The most talented among the group receive the title of Young Master and are awarded grants of $5,000 per year to further their studies in their chosen arts discipline. Learn more about Michelle Wang’s win.


Austin High School student named winner of Congressional art competition

Kaylee Yu, an Austin High School student, has earned the honor of having her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year. She was named first place winner of Congressman Pete Olson’s 2020 Congressional Art Competition. FBISD students have represented the 22nd Congressional District six out of the last eight years. Learn more about Kaylee Yu’s win.


FBISD students recognized in 2020 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program

Eight Fort Bend ISD visual art students are recognized in the 2020 National Art & Writing awards program, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-running recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. They are among students from across America, China, Hong Kong, Canada and England to submit nearly 320,000 original works of art in 29 categories. Overall, the FBISD students earned 10 medals for their pieces of art: four gold, one silver with distinction, four silver and one American Visions medal. Learn more about the awards program and our FBISD students’ honors.