Houston Rodeo’s annual student art auction breaks records; one painting sells for 5,000

Houston Rodeo’s annual student art auction breaks records; one painting sells for $265,000

Mia Huckman held restricted to her portray, as her face moved from happy to perplexed to astonished. The shock finally despatched tears down her face.

The Foster Higher University junior was keeping an artwork piece well worth far more than a quarter-million pounds, the 2nd of again-to-back record costs paid for artwork in the course of the Houston Livestock Display and Rodeo artwork auction.

Minutes just after the 2022 finest in display artwork piece claimed a then-record $250,000 at the rodeo, Huckman’s painting, “Partners in Time,” winner of the reserve winner prize, fetched $265,000. The sum is $44,000 a lot more than a Reserve Winner has ever fetched, and considerably a lot more than Huckman, 16, anticipated, centered on her facial expressions as two teams of bidders retained shooting up sale value.

“I want to expend the relaxation of my life creating points that men and women will really like,” Huckman explained immediately after the auctioneer’s gavel fell.

The painting was nabbed by an 8-human being crew of bidders and marked the third yr in a row the reserve winner was claimed by a team which include Cheryl and Gary Deitcher.

Mixed with the sum compensated for rodeo winner Gracin Nguyen’s “In His Hands” drawing, Sunday’s auction full was set to be a record-breaker for the rodeo. Nguyen’s drawing of a bull rider kneeling powering the chutes to pray garnered a whole lot of awareness from bidders.

“For her to place her religion on display screen is what this is all about,” explained Paul Somerville, one particular of the eight folks to obtain the Dawson Substantial School student’s portray.

Although the rodeo took 2021 off, the auction did not, with the best two pieces netting a put together $275,000. Huckman’s piece almost topped that solo. All explained to, 72 items marketed for $2.1 million.

The rodeo proceeds right until March 20, through its 90th yr. In excess of the a long time, officers estimate it has raised $550 million for instructional needs in the course of Texas.

RodeoHouston 2022 lineup


Feb. 28: Cody Johnson
March 1: Keith City
March 2: Tim McGraw
March 3: for KING & Nation
March 4: Ricky Martin
March 5: Jon Pardi
March 6: Los Tucanes de Tijuana
March 7: Luke Bryan
March 8: Maren Morris
March 9: Kane Brown
March 10: Journey
March 11: Bun B’s H-City Takeover
March 12: Parker McCollum
March 13: Dierks Bentley
March 14: Sam Hunt
March 15: Gwen Stefani
March 16: Khalid
March 17: Chris Stapleton
March 18: Marshmello
March 19: Brad Paisley
March 20: George Strait with Ashley McBryde (concert only performance)


Students entered in the art auction acquire scholarships, as properly as get paid some of the income lifted. Each and every sold painting is assured to land $1,500 in the artist’s pocket, with a cap of $2,500.

For many it is their very first foray into the expert art entire world, and a likelihood at early immortality. While the outcome is up to the buyers, the art items can conclude up in a variety of configurations. Some cling in households and personal collections, although other people adorn place of work partitions or lobbies. Usually, lots of of the bidding groups donate paintings to museums and other western-themed cultural establishments, attendees and officers stated. There is often a opportunity the artist could later on on sell items for far extra, as several pursue artwork careers.

Kamryn Phillips, 15, of Friendswood didn’t know exactly where her drawing of a cow, titled “It’s Exhibit Time” would go, but the revenue would enable with her university. Like lots of of the entrants, Phillips said her programs include things like constructing on her artwork working experience, ideally at Rice College or Texas A&M College. Getting a portray bought for $25,000 is element of that.

“It’s just very thrilling, I’m thankful,” she said.

Later on, viewing as drawings and paintings continued to assert $10,000-plus rates, Stuart Epps, 55, joked that he would be rethinking his individual ambitions.

“My mom made use of to put them on the wall in the kitchen,” Epps explained of his school-age scribbles. “I wonder what they could go for? … I was awful at drawing, but another person would get pity on me.”

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