Eight students from the Socorro Independent School District had their artwork featured in a statewide gallery as part of the 2020 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards State Art Competition.
“We have quality teachers in all levels at SISD and students. For their work to be recognized at the state level is a pretty admirable recognition,” said SISD Fine Arts visual arts specialist Macka Jones. “I’m very proud of the teachers and the students who received this honor.”
This is the first year that SISD students submitted artwork for the event and all the students who entered were selected to have their art displayed as part of the Texas Art Education Association’s virtual TASA/TASB exhibit during the convention September 30. through October 2.
The exhibit showcased artwork from students in Pre-K through 12th grade from across the state of Texas.
Students were invited to enter any art form into the competition, including paintings, sculptures, photography and digital art.
The TASA/TASB exhibit provides an avenue for artwork by Texas children to be showcased and to promote the importance of art in education across the state.
The SISD students whose artwork was featured were: Roussel Acosta and Idali Villegas from El Dorado High School, Oscar Alvarez from John Drugan School, Valeria Castellanos from Desert Wind School, Sofia Cedillo from SSG Manuel R. Puentes Middle School, Esmeralda Chavarria from Eastlake High School, Isabella Hebler from Col. John O. Ensor Middle School, and Angelica Soto from Pebble Hills High School.
The students represented Team SISD among 66 other school districts and had their artwork selected from more than 300 entries from across Texas.
Chavarria, a senior at Eastlake, was excited that her charcoal sketch was among the artwork recognized and displayed in the exhibit.
“I feel really blessed and happy to be recognized at the state level,” Chavarria said.
She said she was grateful to be a part of a district that promotes and encourages students to participate in these kinds of events, which allow them to further expand as artists.
“Art is very important because sometimes you can’t describe your feelings with words,” Chavarria said. “For me, I deal a lot of times with my emotions by drawing them and it’s a great way to express yourself.”
Acosta, a senior at El Dorado whose digital art piece was selected, also was thankful for the opportunity to express himself particularly during the pandemic.
“For me, using art and music as a form of expression has actually helped me just be mentally stable and happy during this time because I’ve used art as a way to express my thoughts when I couldn’t necessarily meet and talk to people,” Acosta said. “It’s helped me put my focus on something that I really enjoy and am really passionate about. It’s amazing the effect that art and music can have on someone.”