More than 500 pieces of artwork will make up the annual Houston Livestock and Rodeo Art Show on Saturday. The work is by Victoria school district students. The contest, conducted through the livestock show's School Art Program, includes entries from 145 different school districts across the state. Students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible for entry.

Candace Coyle, the Victoria school district's visual arts facilitator, told the Victoria Advocate the competition is an opportunity for students to improve upon their work. "Healthy competition makes us more goal oriented," Coyle said. The art teacher said she would like to see more community members at the public viewing Saturday afternoon. Every contest entry made through the Victoria school district will be on display, Coyle said. The week before entries were due, Coyle and her students stayed at the school as late as 10 p.m. to complete their pieces. According to contest rules, students are not permitted to work on their entries from home.

The morning of the show, judges from the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show art contest will select top-placing pieces and take them to Houston for additional competitions.

THE Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show Art Show will be Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the VISD Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive. It is free and open to the public.