Schinagel's charcoal piece takes second in art contest

Mark Wilson
This charcoal drawing by Glen Rose High School student Caden Schinagel earned second place among the top three Texas entries in the recent Congressional Art Competition.

Not many 15-year-olds can claim to have a piece of art hanging in the Texas state capitol like Caden Schinagel of Glen Rose.

Of course, most 15-year-olds don’t produce drawings quite like he does.

Schinagel’s charcoal drawing entry in the annual Congressional Art Competition, titled “Texas Rogue,” was selected as second place among the top three Texas entries named by Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin).

A nationwide high school art competition called the Artistic Discovery Contest is sponsored by the Congressional Institute. It’s designed to recognize and encourage the artistic talent and in the congressional districts.

Each spring, the state’s top three submissions in that contest are named.

Congressman Williams chose the entry of Jazmine Castillo, a junior from Burnet, as the winner of the contest with a drawing titled “Remembrance.” Third place went to Luz Paz, a senior from Burnet, with a drawing titled “Fresh Flurry.”

“I thought it was pretty awesome,” Schinagel said of taking second place in the recent contest. “Having my picture hanging in the capitol is pretty amazing to think about.”

He said he began drawing when he was only about five or six years old. The drawing he entered was based on a photograph of a man dressed in cowboy clothes and a cowboy hat.

“I guess I just try to make it look as close to the picture as possible,” Schinagel said. “I mainly do charcoal, but recently I’ve been trying to get into pastels. I might go into painting, but not yet.”

Schinagel, who just finished his freshman year at Glen Rose High School, is the grandson of Somervell County resident Celeste Schmidt, the wife of Dr. Paul Schmidt.

Schinagel, who turned 15 on March 27, earned second place in a Fort Worth Art Association contest a couple of years ago with a charcoal drawing that featured a man kneeling at a cross. Celeste Schmidt also noted that a drawing he did of a girl barrel racer was published in Western Horseman magazine.

Castillo will receive two round-trip airline tickets to attend the winner’s reception on June 27 in Washington, D.C. as a reward for her winning contest entry.

Her painting will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for a full year. Both the second- and third-place entries will be displayed in Congressman Williams’ district offices.