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ACC Student to Have Ornament on Capitol Christmas Tree

When the Texas Capitol rings in the season this year, Alvin Community College Art student Emily Bias will have her artwork featured on the Christmas Tree in the Capitol rotunda.

“I really enjoyed painting it and was ready for the challenge,” Bias said. “I’m really excited to have it displayed in the Capitol.”

Bias said she was intending to create a quiet, wintry Christmas scene to contrast the bustle of the holiday season.

“I hope that my ornament captured a more calm Christmas than most people usually feel this time of year,” she said.

Her painted ornament was selected by State Rep. Ed Thompson to represent Texas District 29. The tree will be on display from November 29 to January 2.

Art instructor Jennifer McClish said she was proud to see her student’s work chosen. McClish had her own ornament placed on the tree in 2016.

“I’m just so proud and enthusiastic for Emily,” McClish said. “She’s always stepping up to any challenge that we give her. There’s nothing but good things coming from her in the future.”

Once she finishes her education at ACC, Bias plans to transfer to a university and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree. Her ultimate goal to become an illustrator and hopes to be featured in art galleries. On the side she creates individualized stickers and prints.

For more information about the tree or to see past ornaments, visit