Every year the Rio Bravo Watercolorists teams up with the EPISD Fine Arts department to present one student with a $100 scholarship award for their artwork.
The award this year went to Chapin High School senior Jesus Saenz for his painting “Sombras di Bleu” – a self-portrait he submitted for the 2017 EPISD student art show last month. Last year, the award went to an Irvin High School student.
“I feel very grateful. It really feels nice when people notice your work,” Saenz said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Saenz’s painting was among the 600 submissions to the art show – a fact that does not escape him.
“There are so many talented students at Chapin and other EPISD schools, so this is amazing,” Saenz said.
Teacher Carol Parsons is proud of her student and hopes he will continue to flourish as an artist and person.
“This is the third year I’ve had him as a student so I know what his potential is,” Parsons said. “I know I can push him to new limits, and he’s always thrilled with the results. He’s grown and progressed. I’m happy for him, especially now that he’s a senior and he knows he can do this.”
Saenz plans on saving the scholarship award money for college, where he plans to pursue a career in the arts when he graduates.
EPISD Visual Arts Facilitator Rosa Aguilar last week presented Saenz with the check from the watercolorists group at Chapin.
“We have the Rio Bravo Watercolorists come by our big student art show. They are really good at promoting the creativity and talent of our kids,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar feels the award is a good learning experience for the EPISD art students.
“Our kids take a lot of pride in the recognition,” Aguilar said. “It goes a long way because it inspires them to keep on going with their artwork, and that their work is being validated outside the district.”