Spring High School senior Zandra Addington’s piece “Melancolia” is among four representing Spring ISD in this year’s Youth Art Month Capitol Celebration in Austin, sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association.
HOUSTON – Feb. 26, 2020 – The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has selected the artwork of four Spring ISD elementary, middle and high school students to appear in this year’s Youth Art Month Capitol Celebration. The month-long celebration kicks off next week in Austin, where students’ art pieces will be on display at the State Capitol.
The following students’ artwork will represent Spring ISD in the annual exhibition.
Campus: Spring High School
Art Teacher: Lizbeth Ramagnoli
Campus: Marshall Elementary School
Art Teacher: Trish Ballast
Campus: Dueitt Middle School
Art Teacher: Kat Sands
Campus: Booker Elementary School
Art Teacher: Maria Mathews
Showcasing the artwork of approximately 100 prekindergarten through 12th-grade students hailing from 61 districts across the state, this year’s celebration of Youth Art Month begins with a weeklong exhibition in the Lower Rotunda of the State Capitol Building, March 1-7, followed by a three-week special exhibit art show in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, running March 8-28.
“Can you imagine the experience for our students of getting to see their artwork hanging in the State Capitol?” said Spring ISD Visual Arts Coordinator Amanda Byers. “That’s something they’ll never forget.”
In addition to having their work on display throughout March, all of the winning students received invitations to a special reception and awards program to be held March 22 in Austin, offering the young artists and their teachers a chance to celebrate and meet other participants from around the state.
“TAEA is proud to be able to provide avenues for children within the state of Texas to showcase their work and promote the importance of student art within the community,” TAEA Youth Art Month Vice President Christine Grafe wrote in a letter announcing this year’s winners.
Students from across Texas were eligible to participate in the event, but Byers said that it was especially important for Spring ISD, named one of just 20 inaugural winners of TAEA’s District of Distinction Award last summer.
“That’s a great part of being a District of Distinction,” Byers said. “It pushes us to take part in events like this, providing even more opportunities for our students. All over the district, our art students and teachers are doing such great work, and we’re really proud.”