The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is many things: a chance to see world-class competitors, a fun place to spend the day with friends and carnival rides galore. It’s also a potentially life-changing opportunity for some of the best young artists Texas has to offer.
Since 1996, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has offered high school artists from south and central Texas the opportunity to showcase their skills and earn money towards a scholarship to their college of choice via the Student Western Art Contest. This past month, the Briscoe Museum of Western Art hosted a live auction for the top 25 pieces.
With Rob Vogt of the Vogt Auction House behind the mic, the 200+ guests raised a staggering $160,000 for the student artists. Bobby and Downie Mickler of ANKOLE also contributed centerpieces made from the horns of the titular cow and mounted on Lucite blocks, ultimately giving 50% of their profit back to the committee.
If you missed the opportunity for a little western – inspired culture, you can still see the pieces from February 8th-25th at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall. There will also be a silent auction until the 24th for the two pieces voted People’s Choice and Celebrity’s Choice, the latter chosen by none other than legendary zookeeper “Jungle” Jack Hanna. It’s free with your grounds pass, so be sure to take a look and talk to the committee about helping out in 2019.