KINGSVILLE — Texas A&M University Kingsville (TAMUK) sophomore Sara Ruiz, an art major from Orange Grove, recently won the student category for the Tejano Conjunto Poster Contest at the Guadalupe Arts Center in San Antonio.

She created the poster as a class assignment.

“As an assignment, I ask students to design a poster for an event as their last project of the semester. This year, that event was the Tejano Conjunto Festival,” said Jesus De La Rosa, associate art professor. “I didn’t require them to submit their designs because there was a fee, but did encourage them to submit as a way of getting used to entering juried shows.”

 Ruiz had the top design in the college student category. Then competed against the other category winners for the top design to represent the 37th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival set for May16-20 in San Antonio.

“My first reaction was one of surprise and excitement as well as an immediate urge to thank my professor for his input and encouragement,” Ruiz said. “I strive to create work that I personally enjoy whether or not anyone else does, it is always a comfort when someone else does. Going through the process of creating—formulating ideas, sketching designs, learning my way around the program and ultimately having a finished piece—is always rewarding, so to have the result of that process recognized as something of worth is just the icing on top.”