HOUSTON —The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Works of Art sold for two world-record prices at the School Art Auction on Sunday, March 10.
The Grand Champion Work of Art, “Stowing the Riggings,” was created by Denisse Molina of Pasadena ISD. Denisse, 16, is a sophomore planning to continue developing her art skills and someday become a fine artist.
The painting was purchased by Mimi and Tom Dompier; Mary and Ken Hucherson; The Somerville Family; and Jennifer and Joe Van Matre for $210,000, which broke the 2012 world’s record of $206,000.
“Thank you for the world-record donation,” Denisse said. “Without donors, continuing my education would not be possible. Many colleges are now interested in my talents because of this competition.”
Paul Somerville, past Show chairman of the board and auction buyer, said, “By setting these high prices, we make these kids set their goals high.”
The Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art was exhibited by Rachael Faye Becker of Lamar CISD. Becker, 18, is a senior and said she drew inspiration for her painting, “Peek-a-Boot,” from her family and cat.
Becker’s art was purchased by Terry and Dr. Joe Agris; Gail and Jim Fiume; Pam and Jerrol Springer; and Betty and Kurt Wiseman for $195,000, breaking yet another world’s record price.
“These competitors are so artistic, it’s hard not to support them,” Kurt Wiseman said. “Without auction buyers, many would not have the opportunities they need to receive an education.”
Both works of art will be on display outside of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo offices throughout the year.