Annual Visual Art Show Open

Art students celebrated in visual show
By: Todd Martin
Hundreds of artists, from elementary school beginners to high school medal-winners, welcomed an admiring public Monday to the Killeen ISD 17th Annual Visual Art Show.
The show is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
Killeen ISD Board of Trustees President Corbett Lawler joined Superintendent John Craft and Fine Arts Director Karen Herrera in welcoming a large crowd of students and family members for the ribbon-cutting reception in the civic center lobby.
With the official opening, from young art students and their art teachers, the crowd made their way into the ballroom divided into viewing areas based on schools.
Among the huge assortment of drawings, paintings, sculptures and other works are 22 pieces that earned regional awards and advancement to the State Visual Art competition in April.
Near the center of the display is a 360-degree sculpture that a group of KISD art teachers designed and completed last summer for the district’s start-of-school convocation celebration.
The piece is composed of large letters that spell out “We Are KISD,” and include painted images of actual KISD students and staff members and depict imagery of the Central Texas community and history.
Killeen High School senior Rachel Cannon posed for pictures with her charcoal drawing of a mythical “man-horse” creature she said comes out of her own Filipino heritage.
In stories, Cannon said, the creature plays tricks on unsuspecting people traveling through the forest. “I wanted to share my culture,” she said, explaining her motivation for the drawing, which won a regional medal.
Art in the schools and a public art show, the award-winning senior said, is important for students and the community.
“This is a great opportunity for students to express themselves,” Cannon said. “Sometimes in shows there is a lot of pressure to win, but here we can just be ourselves.”


Middle school art teachers Miranda Meyer and Megan Fuxa agreed. They said the annual show is a good motivator for students to work diligently on their art and a worthy award they can share with friends and family.
“It’s been really important to me,” said Cannon of taking art in school. “It’s a way for me to record what I’m thinking and it’s a stress reliever. I can practice my craft and it’s something I can carry with me wherever I go.”