Stacy Tao

"They are so many people that use ‘following your dreams’ as an excuse not to work, when in reality, following your dream, successfully, is nothing but work.”

-Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York)

 Born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, Stacy Tao is currently studying computer science and visual arts at Columbia University in the City of New York, where she finds fulfillment in creation. She is also a proud member of the Artists of Texas.

 Drawing and painting have always been at her core. However, even as she draws or paints, Stacy is heavily influenced by the many other facets of her life. From dance, she has acquired a sense of movement, flow, and rhythm in her compositions. From computer science, Stacy acquired skills such as adroitness in programming, web development and Photoshop as well as abstract applications of problem solving to aid her in finding a method to the madness of art. She is proud to say that she is able to draw from her experience and the many influential figures that have entered her life—her peers, her instructors, and her parents—to develop a unique sense of creativity and individuality.

 In her free time, Stacy also loves traveling, coding, listening to music. She encourages anyone to contact her with commercial, collaboration, or other personal interest.




Congressional Art Competition Congressional District 1st Place 

Artwork exhibited at U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) State Medalist 

Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) State Sketchbook Scholarship Workshop Winner 

Scholarship $100 

Houston Rodeo QuickDraw Full-Figure Class Champion 

Scholarship $750 

Columbia University, New York, NY | 2016-Present 

William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land, TX | 2012-2016 

National Art Honor Society (NAHS) | 2012-2016 

Chairman of Communications | 2015-2016 

Art Teacher at GT Learning Center | 2015 

Member of Artists of Texas | 2015-2016 

"Young Artist of 2015" | 2015 


Fort Bend County Fair School Art Contest 1st Place, “Best of Class” in painting 

Auctioned for $1,500 

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Art Show Gold Medal 

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Auction 

Auctioned for $10,000 


State Visual Art Scholastic Event Gold Medal 

National Scholastic Art & Writing Silver-Key Winner 


Fort Bend County Fair School Art Contest First Place 

Artwork auctioned for $1,575 


Houston Rodeo QuickDraw Full-Figure Reserve Class Champion 

Scholarship $500 


National Scholastic Art & Writing Gold-Key Winner 

Houston Young Artist’s Visual Art Contest High School Honorable Mention 


Congressional Art Competition Congressional District 5th Place 

Artwork exhibited at Congressman Pete Olson’s office at Katy, TX. 



National Scholastic Art & Writing Gold-Key Winner 

Congressional Art Competition Special Recognition 

Houston Rodeo QuickDraw Full-Figure Drawing 3rd Place 

Scholarship $250 

OCEF (Overseas China Education Foundation) Houston Painting Contest Bronze Award 



Houston Rodeo Art Show Best of Show 


National Scholastic Art & Writing Gold-Key Winner 

American Visions Nominee 


Houston Young Artist’s Visual Art Contest Middle School 2nd Place 


UNEP 20th International Children’s Painting Competition High Honor 

Artwork featured at North America’s 2011 World Environment Day in Toronto 


Chinese American Museum Art Contest Honorable Mention 

Artwork was collected by Chinese American Museum in Las Angeles, CA 



This website was designed and developed by Stacy Tao.

(That's me.)

I first began building this website as part of my independent study computer science class. Prior to making this website, I had never coded HTML, CSS, PHP, or Javascript. Instead of using a WordPress template or buying a portfolio page, I chose to learn about front-end web development on my own.

More can be found on my GitHub.


Phone: 281-313-0786