Barbara Bush MS student selected for Texas’ Youth Art Month exhibit, multiple CFBISD fine arts students honored

Joyce Yang, eighth-grade student at Barbara Bush MS, was recently selected by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) to have her artwork displayed at the Youth Art Month (YAM) Exhibition in Austin. 

Yang’s piece titled “snowy village” was chosen by a jury that received more than 500 submissions from PreK-12 students across the state of Texas. 

“Snowy village was inspired by a photograph that my mom took that showed natural light on the snow and houses.” Yang explained. “I explored new techniques with acrylic paint to try to make my artwork more realistic. I tested this out by contrasting light and dark colors because I wanted to show the natural beauty of light reflected on snow.”

During the month of March, artwork from the winning students is displayed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in a special gallery. An awards ceremony will take place on Mar. 10 at the museum and the exhibit will be available for public viewing from Feb. 26 through Mar. 30.

YAM is a nationally recognized program during the month of March that emphasizes the value of art education. It promotes the importance of art appreciation and encourages support for quality art programs to be placed in schools. To read more about the Youth Art Month exhibition, please visit the museum’s website.  

Earlier in the school year, Yang along with five other CFBISD students were honored by having their artwork chosen to be displayed at the TASA/TASB (Texas Association of Administrators/School Board’s) fall conference. This special exhibit, presented by the TAEA, was seen by school administrators and school board members from across the state. The annual exhibit advocates for visual arts as an integral part of education.

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to participate in the exhibit: 

  • Ethan Jeev Soloman - 5th grade – McCoy Elementary

  • Hannah Romero – 8th grade – Ted Polk Middle

  • Joyce Yang - 8th Grade – Bush Middle School

  • Lily Silversmith – 12th Grade – Creekview High School

  • Natalie Valero – 8th grade – Blalack Middle School

  • Pragathi Sathya – 5th Grade – Las Colinas Elementary 

“I am always so impressed by the quality of artwork that comes from our visual arts programs,” said Fred Lockwood, art teacher at Polk MS. “These opportunities allow our students a chance to express their unique creativity along with celebrating the hard work and dedication of the visual arts teachers. I am very proud of the art program's commitment to excellence in CFB.”

To learn more about fine arts in CFBISD, please visit the Fine Arts page on the district website.