Students, faculty and staff showed up for the first-ever pop art contest at the Socorro Independent School District Service Center.
More than 480 art pieces were displayed along the walls of the DSC with visuals of artists from Michael Jackson to Billie Eilish, and cartoons from Mickey Mouse to Dragon Ball Z.
“We decided on pop art because it’s a teaching moment as it pushes them to learn a little bit about the form, popular culture and how to incorporate that into their own work,” said SISD visual arts specialist Macka Jones, who created and coordinated the showcase.
The contest was celebrated with awards, which were given out in four categories: high school, middle school, elementary, and employee.
“This was cool because I wanted to try a new style of art,” said Pebble Hills High Schools senior Samantha Debe, who placed third in her division. “I am very by the book and I don’t often try new things, so when I heard about the pop art competition, I thought that was a good opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone.”
Pop art is a form of art that reflects or depicts popular and mass culture, such as celebrities or characters in advertising or comics. It has been depicted by many artists, most famously by artist Andy Warhol.
“You have some of the quietest students who’ll make a piece, show you and you’re amazed because you wouldn’t believe that it came from that student,” Jones said.
Jones says this is one of many outlets for students to showcase their creativity and it represents one of the endless opportunities provided in SISD for students to succeed.
“I think the district should be commended for supporting all these kids whether it’s athletics, academics or extracurricular activities, like art,” said parent Edmundo Gamboa. His daughter, Emma Gamboa, an eighth grader at William D. Slider Middle School, received a ribbon for honorable mention in the pop art contest.
The contest was held October 23rd.
SISD Pop Art contest winners and honorable mentions:
1st Place: Lourdes Guerrero from Dr. Sue A. Shook
2nd Place: Devorah Rodriguez from Mission Ridge
3rd Place: Elian Rocha from Hueco
Honorable Mention: Andrew Azcarate from John Drugan
1st Place: Emily McCullough from Col. John O. Ensor
2nd Place: Kristina Pan from John Drugan
3rd Place: Isaac Parra from John Drugan
Honorable Mention: Emma Gamboa from William D. Slider
1st Place: Azeneth Guerrero from KEYS Academy
2nd Place: Jeremiah Landeros from Pebble Hills
3rd Place: Samantha Debe from Pebble Hills
Honorable Mention: Tania Casas from El Dorado
1st Place: Claudia Cardenas from Fine Arts Department
2nd Place: Claudia Castaneda from Fine Arts Department
3rd Place: Alejandra Gallardo from Fine Arts Department
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Romero from Fine Arts Department