The teen whose painting set a record at last year’s Houston Rodeo auction won again

The teen whose painting set a record at last year’s Houston Rodeo auction won again

Mia Hackman’s LCISD High School painting has been awarded the Grand Champion title for her western art.

RICHMOND, Texas — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are just around the corner, but judging has ended for many events.

Such is the case with this year’s student western art competition, where some entries are expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

This year’s winner is no stranger to trophies.

Last year, a painting by Mia Hackman set a rodeo record for the highest price paid at auction for a student work.

“Last year I drew a cowboy on a horse with mountains in the background,” Hackman said. “(This year) It’s another guy on a horse, but he’s herding cows.”

This year, Hackman will graduate from Foster High School in Richmond and become an expert in depicting the modern West.

“I love doing it,” Hackman said. “It’s funny for me. Basically, it makes me happy.”

The details are what you would expect to see in a photograph, not an acrylic painting: every strand of hair on a horse’s mane; veins on the arm of an old cowboy; moth holes in the brim of his hat.

Hackman won prizes at the Houston Livestock Show and the school’s Rodeo art competition every year while she was in high school.

Her painting finished second last year and was sold at auction for more than the painting that won first place.

“Last year I became a reserve grand champion and set a sales record at a rodeo auction,” Hackman said. “My painting was sold for $265,000.”

The way Hackman chooses a topic is pretty simple.

“I look at past winners and say, ‘OK, this is something that tends to rank high and sell well,'” she said. “Our teachers have a Google drive full of photos they took at the ranch, so every year I go through the photos, choose the best ones, and ask my friends which ones they think are the best. And then I choose the one that I think I can draw the best.”

Mia is far from alone. Foster High School has developed a reputation for producing some of the most talented students in the area.

“Since 2000, we’ve had 13 students earn either a Grand Champion or a Reserve Grand Champion,” said Lamar Consolidated ISD Director of Performing and Visual Arts Ram Estrada. “You know, we are proud of this heritage and the history of farming and pastoralism in our community…as long as there is a school art competition at the rodeo, we will be a part of it. ”

The amount of money the winners receive is fixed, regardless of the selling price at the auction. Last year, Hackman kept $19,000 for himself.

“It’s a check, so I can do whatever I want with it,” she said.

This year, she will receive $30,000 after her painting is sold at auction in March.

We’ll have to wait until then to see if she can break the record she set last year.

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