ACC art student selected to design Capitol ornament

A symbol of the seasons in Central Texas will have a little ACC flair this holiday. Art student Jeffrey Moore’s work will hang from the branches of the House Chamber Christmas tree.

The tree is decorated annually with ornaments from the 150 state representative districts.  This year Rep. Elliott Naishtat’s office reached out to ACC to commission a student with the honor.

“This is an exciting opportunity. We’re grateful that Representative Naishtat selected ACC,” says Dr. Matthew Daude Laurents, ACC art and humanities department dean. “It’s our mission to provide students with access to significant opportunities for creative and professional development.”

ACC art professors immediately honed in on Moore for the project.


Rep. Elliott Naishtat , Haydee Suescum, Jeffrey Moore                                                             Photo by: T.J. Hilton

“Jeffrey has a unique eye and an incredible talent,” says Haydee Suescum, ACC art professor. “He knows where to find inspiration and how to manipulate that into a work of art.”

Moore poured hours of painstakingly detailed work into his design; celebrating Austin as the musical heart of Texas. He pulled his inspiration from a previous class project in which he had to develop a visual representation of a musical composition.


Photo by: T.J. Hilton

Using a variety of media including acrylic paint and glitter, Moore transformed the once clear, glass ornament into an elaborate work of art. The ornament features a violet ribbon that appears to weave in and out and the number 49 in golden numerals in reference to Rep. Naishat’s district.

“Jeffrey took this amazing project to a new level. His design is delicate and intricate. No two views are the same,” describes Suescum.

The ornament will be on display in the Capitol’s House Chamber during the holiday season from December 4 through January 3.

Tags: , , , ,

Back to Top