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Yeehaw! Texan Teen Realist Painters Win Seriously Super Huge Big Money

baggerlyCongratulations if you recently sold a work of art for $100, $1,000, $10,000, or even $100,000! But two high school artists entering the rodeo art contest beat you by a long shot.

Although most entries into the rodeo art contest are usually based on photos and depicted in Prismacolor pencils, both winners are referred to as painters. The grand champion painting by Raina Baggerly, titled There’s Work to be Done, depicts a cowgirl leaning on a saddle. It sold for $150,000 to former art auction committee chairwoman Terry Agris. “We bought this painting in memory of my brother-in-law,” Agris told the Houston Chronicle. “He loved Western art, and this was a great painting he would have loved.”

At the school art auction, buyers pooled money to take home the two top paintings, including spending a record $211,000 for the reserve grand champion work by 18-year-old Vanessa Sosa. Both artists are students in the Pasadena School District.

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  1. Daniela Koontz

    It should be noted that the teens receive only a small percentage of the sale price. Most of the funds are used by the Rodeo School Art competition to fund numerous scholarships and their operating budget. The great tragedy in all this is the huge number of Houston area students who spend entire semesters rendering in Prismacolor at the expense of all other forms of art education. Most students walk away with nothing but a very narrow idea of what art is.

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