Project HOPE


Grand Prize Winners whose work will be permanently etched in the sculpture:

Texas Veteran – Wes Odell from Georgetown, Texas

Student Artist- Hailey Browning, a Junior at Lake Travis High School

Artists whose work will be permanently displayed on the Walkway leading to the sculpture in Italy:


Doug MacPhearson from Temple

Dwyane White from Round Rock

Hector Leal from Laredo



Shivan Ashish Parekh from Teravista Elementary in the Round Rock ISD

Middle School 

Henry Roberts from Hudson Bend Middle School from LTISD; Fiorenza Nguyen from Bee Cave Middle School from LTISD

High School

Erin Elaine Jackson; Elizabeth Cobb; Nicolas Miller all from Lake Travis ISD

Awards of Honorable Mentions to our Texas Veterans

Juan Adame from Weslaco; Peter Buotte from Fort Hood; Cesar Lira from McAllen, Texas; Vino Santillian from Harlingen

Project HOPE honors Texas’ 36th Infantry Division who fought to liberate Paestum and southern Italy from the Nazi regime during World War II. This partnership supports art, cultural exchange, and travel for local students and veterans. It helps students learn and reinforce with veterans the importance the Texas military has played in securing our liberties as well as contributing to continued good will and cultural exchange between Texas and southern Italy.

This international artwork collaboration focused on hope, peace, freedom, brotherhood, democracy, tolerance and inclusion. Selected artworks will be exhibited in Paestum, Italy and permanently integrated into a 30-foot sculpture designed by Italian artist Franco Palmentieri. Winning artists will attend the 80th anniversary of “Operation Avalanche” in Paestum, Italy to witness the dedication and unveiling of the sculpture to honor our Texas military.