In their first year to participate in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Show, Odyssey Academy artists earned two Best of Show trophies, a Gold Medal Award and seven Finalist ribbons.
In the elementary division, five art students of Laura Lumpkin’s art classes at Odyssey Academy Bay Area Elementary were recognized. Second-grader Braelan Matthews took a Best in Show trophy for “The Massive Bull” and fourth-grader Samantha Williams won a Gold Medal for “The Barnyard.” Finalist ribbons went to third-grader Lincoln Smith for “Doin’ the Cow Step,” fourth-grader Caden Wellner for “Texas Sunset” and fifth grader Felisa Clarito for “My First Rodeo.”
Of Laura Peyton’s middle school students at Odyssey Academy Galveston, Lilliana Halcumb earned a Best of Show trophy for “Native Pride,” while Finalists ribbons went to sixth-grader Annalysia Ruiz for “Showtime,” sixth-grader Nataleigh Murphy for “Resting for the Night,” and sixth-grader Geovanna Gomez for “Country Lifestyle.”
Elementary and middle school student finalists were invited to apply for scholarships and to attend a class at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell Junior School of Art.
From Odyssey Academy Bay Area Secondary, sophomore Michael Gilson earned a Finalist ribbon for his mixed media piece, “Beautiful Woman of the West.” He also was invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the summer Western Art Academy, held in Kerrville. Leslie Kriewaldt is the art teacher at that campus.
The Best of Show and Gold medalist art work will be displayed in the Hayloft Gallery of NRG Center from Feb. 27 through March 18.