Students to Exhibit Art in Austin

Feb 01, 2021

'Onwards' by Leiyan Cao of Lebanon Trail High SchoolFrisco ISD is proud of seniors Leiyan Cao of Lebanon Trail High School and Mabeline Hoang of Centennial High School who have been selected to have their artwork displayed in the Texas State Capitol.

Cao and Hoang’s artwork will be displayed in Austin as part of a state-wide celebration of the Texas Art Education Association Youth Art Month. Each year, school districts across the state submit artwork made by Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade student artists for consideration for the YAM State Capitol Artwork Exhibit. Selection for this event is an incredible honor.

Cao is in Kristen Summer’s AP Art 2D class and was inspired to make “Onwards” after traveling to Alaska last year. His digital media piece is rooted in the magnitude and size of the glaciers he saw there. 

Cao enjoys the artistic journey, but his favorite part is “getting to the end results and just seeing how everything turns out.”

Hoang’s “Laurels of a Student” was created in colored pencil. As an AP Drawing student in Ashley Ham’s class, Hoang wanted her piece to express that students can still achieve in these hard and confusing times. 

'Laurels of a Student' by Mabeline Hoang of Centennial High School“My favorite part about making art is seeing how all the little pieces and details come together to create the final artwork,” Hoang said.

There will be an awards ceremony and reception of the exhibited artworks at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Lower Rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Austin. 

“Congratulations to both of these students on this amazing achievement,” said Rob Draper, fine arts coordinator. “This is a tremendous honor and we could not be more proud of these students and their teachers.”

YAM is an annual observance held each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

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