Artwork breaks record at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Auction after selling for $265,000

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — An enthusiastic crowd set two records at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Auction on Sunday.

Grand Champion Gracin Nguyen’s colorful drawing, “In His Hands,” sold for $250,000 to Randa and Ray Gilliam, Mary and Ken Hucherson, Julie and Alan Kent, and Kristina and Paul Somerville.

Gracin is a student at Pearland ISD.

“For her, showing her faith is what it’s all about,” Somerville said. “God bless these kids and God bless Texas.”

Reserve Champion Mia Huckman’s painting “Partners in Time” sold for $265,000 to Cheryl and Gary Dietcher, Andrea and Scott Fish, Christina DiMaria and Alan J. Schwartz, and Sheri and Rob Walker.

Mia is a student at Lamar CISD.

“As long as I can remember, I wanted to win the rodeo, but I never thought I would set a record,” Mia said. “I want to spend the rest of my life doing things people love.”

The Houston Cattle Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual family experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases western heritage, and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginnings in 1932, the rodeo has committed more than $550 million to Texas youth and education.

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