Student's art displayed in Governor's office

May 13, 2008 8:37:19 AM PDT
Henry Hu, an eighth grader at HISD's West Briar Middle School, is the first student from his school to have a piece of art exhibited in the Texas Governor's office.Texas first lady Anita Perry chose 10 works of art from 100 judged to be the best student art pieces in the state, including two works of art from West Briar Middle School students. These were the only two pieces of art chosen from HISD and the first lady chose one of them as part of the ten to be exhibited for the next year in the Governor's office.

The 15-year-old's piece is a charcoal self-portrait on a collage background. Henry, who plans to graduate high school and go on to college, plans to be an architect.

Henry said, "It's a real honor for me and I'm really looking forward to the reception in Austin this summer. I'm very surprised that my art work actually made it this far."

But Henry's art teacher isn't surprised at all. Eileen McClellan said, "Henry has had winning art in numerous shows the past two years. He won a gold key from Scholastics and that piece of artwork was on the cover of the anthology that the Harris County Department of Education published last year. It was the first time that a middle school student's work had been chosen. He also has a piece in a traveling show sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association and now this. I am very proud of Henry and his accomplishments."

So, who is the first student from West Briar Middle School to have a work of art displayed in the Governor's office? Hu, that's who.

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