More than $11,000 was raised for Spring Branch ISD artists May 19 at the 9th Annual Newspring Student Art Auction.
Held in the lobby of the Forney Construction Building on Long Point – which also houses the Newspring studios – the auction featured 64 pieces of student art.
Students receive 100 percent of the sales proceeds for their artwork.
Newspring also awarded five $5,000 scholarships during the event, four to previous recipients who have demonstrated progress towards their college degrees.
Scholarships were presented to:
Adrianna Guillen, finishing her studies at the University of Houston after attending Texas A&M-Kingsville. This was Guillen’s fifth $5,000 scholarship. She is a 2012 graduate of Northbrook High School.
Chinh Pham, who will be a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, studying architecture. This was Pham’s fourth $5,000 scholarship. He is a 2013 graduate of Spring Woods High School.
Lorelei Shannon, who will be a junior at the Savannah College of Art. This was Shannon’s third $5,000 scholarship. She is a 2014 graduate of Spring Woods High School.
Idelia Perez, who will be a sophomore at Texas A&M, studying architecture. This was Perez’s second $5,000 scholarship. She is a 2015 graduate of Northbrook High School.
Juan Landin, a 2016 graduate of Northbrook High School, who will be attending Houston Community College.
Students have to reapply for their scholarship each year, said Robert Westheimer, Newspring chairman. “We make sure they’re progressing through college,” he said.
Auction patrons enjoyed refreshments and engagements with the student artists, who stood near their work to answer questions for potential buyers.
Newspring is a Spring Branch-based non-profit that uses art and entrepreneurship to help at-risk populations achieve a bright economic future.