Jason Nquyen ‘22 Honored at Houston Rodeo School Art Program

Congratulations to FBCA Upper School Student Class of ‘22, Jason Nquyen, for being honored as a 3D Premium Award Winner in the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) School Art Program for his artwork titled “Campfire Tales of Cowboy Legends.”

Jason was among the top 10, top-scoring 3D entries out of upwards of 500 total entries. This accomplishment means that Jason will receive a paid premium and his sculpture will be the first art piece from FBCA to become property of the Houston Rodeo, as well as the Houston Rodeo galleries.

Creative versatility best describes Jason Nguyen. His ceramic sculpture work effectively uses clay materials with connotative powers in this context. Each element, as well as the whole body of work, contributes to the total effect of dynamic forms of 3D art but reflects a kind of human consciousness and ultimately stimulates the perception of our own personal existence. The spirit, accuracy, and soul-stirring detail of his work have earned him the honor to be a part of the  3D Premium Award winners. It was my pleasure to celebrate with Jason at this year’s 25th Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Awards Presentation and the result is a truly magnificent display of fine art that is now a part of the Rodeo collection.” – FBCA Director of Fine Arts, Mr. Robert Sanders, M.F.A

Read more about the HLSR School Art Program here:

Thousands of students participated in the Rodeo’s 2021 School Art Program, from 95 public school districts and 38 private schools. Teachers sent 3,244 pieces of artwork to NRG Center for preliminary judging in January. The judges selected 712 pieces of artwork to advance to the next round of judging on Feb. 13, where 72 students were selected to participate in the School Art Auction, which will be held May 16.


Earlier this month, the Rodeo called for entries for its first-ever School Art Graphic Design Contest, encouraging students to submit their designs for a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo-themed poster promoting the 2022 School Art Contest to eligible students. Submissions will be judged by the Rodeo’s School Art Committee, who will select the top 10 finalists. Finalists will be posted to the Rodeo’s social media pages for public judging May 3 – 7, and winners will be notified by May 15.

The Rodeo’s School Art Program promotes an awareness of agriculture, Western heritage and Rodeo activities through artistic competitions for students. The School Art Program has recorded nearly 10 million entries since 1965.

Learn more about the School Art Program and see the winning artwork at rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/School-Art-Program 

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.” – HLSR Educational Support