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Don’t mess with Texas® K-12 Art Contest

Art contest deadline: May 29, 2020 The Don't mess with Texas® Art Contest is officially open! Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Students with the top 14 designs will have their work featured in the calendar.

Students who create the top 14 winning designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or featured on the cover of the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas calendar. Each winner will also receive:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" tablet
  • Gift basket with Buc-ee's merchandise
  • Their artwork framed and returned
  • Opportunity to have their artwork shared on Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media
  • Teachers representing students who produce the top 14 designs will win a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Let the young artists in your life know about this contest! Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 29, 2020. Find the entry form, contest rules and a handy toolkit below. Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submit Your Artwork

Aplicación del Concurso de Arte


Don't mess with Texas Art Contest Toolkit 

  • Below are a variety of resources to help you prepare for your Calendar Art Contest Application:

    Submit Your Artwork

  • CONTEST OVERVIEW
    Texas students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to participate in the Texas Department of Transportation (“TxDOT”) and Keep Texas Beautiful (“KTB”) (collectively “Sponsors”)

    Don’t mess with Texas® K-12 Art Contest (“Contest”) to create artwork for the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Each entry will promote the Don’t mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention initiatives in order to encourage the protection of our Texas roadways and environment. The purpose of the Contest is to inspire our future leaders to refrain from littering, advocate for litter prevention, and keep Texas beautiful.

    Students who create the top 14 designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or featured on the cover or back cover of the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas calendar. All featured winners will have their winning artwork returned and frame and will also win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet and will receive a gift basket with Buc-ee’s merchandise. All student winners and their artwork may be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media sites, at the 2020 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference, in media announcements and through other channels, as appropriate.

    Teachers representing students who produce the top 14 designs will win a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card, donated by H-E-B and Central Market.

    The contest begins January 29, 2020. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by May 29, 2020.  Contest rules and dates may be changed at sponsors’ sole discretion.

    CONTEST RULES
    • Artwork must be submitted/postmarked on or before April 24, 2020. Late entries will be disqualified.
    • Artwork must be original work created by a student enrolled in a Texas elementary, middle or high school, or who is homeschooled and living in Texas. Tracing is not allowed.
    • Each student’s parent or legal guardian must fill out and execute the Contest Entry Form and Agreement.
    • Only one piece of artwork will be accepted per student.
    • The student’s name must be written only on the back of artwork. Names must not appear on the front of the artwork.
    • Each piece of artwork must have a completed Contest Entry Form and Agreement, attached to the back with tape or a clear glue stick. Nothing else may be attached to the artwork—no exceptions. The student’s name must be written on the back of artwork; nothing except the entry form may be attached to the back. Artwork should not be folded or damaged. Entries that do not have the Contest Entry Form and Agreement attached will be disqualified.
    • All submitted artwork becomes the property of Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation. Winners and runners-up (and their parents or guardians) agree to the use of their names/likenesses to promote the Don’t mess with Texas program in both print and digital media. Entries will not be returned. Keep Texas Beautiful will store student artwork for 3 months after the conclusion of the contest. See the Contest Entry Form and Agreement for further details.
    • No obligation or liability is assumed by Texas Department of Transportation or Keep Texas Beautiful in connection with the contest.
    • We may use your Personal Information to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send.

    ELIGIBILITY
    • Applicants must be current residents of Texas, must be students in grades K-12 as of April 1 2020, and must comply with these Official Rules. Children who are homeschooled and living in Texas are also eligible to participate. Employees and their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings,
    children, and each of the respective spouses or people living in the same household of each) of TxDOT, KTB and GDC Marketing & Ideation are not eligible to participate.

    DESIGN RULES
    • All entries must illustrate a litter prevention message. The message must:
           o Promote the Don’t mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful mission; and
           o Promote the protection of our highways and environment from litter.
    • Entries may have a seasonal theme (spring, summer, fall, winter).
    • Entries using words in the design must have all words spelled correctly. Teachers are encouraged to help students spell words correctly.
    • If the state of Texas flag is depicted, representations of the Texas flag striping must be accurate (i.e. white stripe above red stripe).
    • Entries may illustrate the Don’t mess with Texas or Keep Texas Beautiful slogans or the iconic Don’t mess with Texas trashcan image. No other company logos, product brands, brand names, characters (i.e. Mickey Mouse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Barbie, etc.) or store names are allowed (i.e. McDonalds, Coke, H-E-B, 7-Eleven, etc.). Generic terms such as “restaurant,” “cola” or “store” may be used.
    • Design must not include any profanity.
    • The student’s name must be written only on the back of artwork. If selected, the winner’s name will be printed next to his or her design.
    • Artwork must be submitted on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper (in landscape format).
    • Entries must not be framed or mounted.
    • All artwork must be two-dimensional, using any of the following: watercolor, acrylic or oil paints, colored pencil, colored markers, ink, charcoal, pastels and crayons. Collages, computer-generated artwork, photography, traced images or photocopies will be disqualified.
    • Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that infringes upon any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligations or otherwise violates applicable U.S. law. Entries violating this section of the rules may be disqualified.
    • Only one design per student will be accepted.

    JUDGING
    • Entries will be judged based on creativity/uniqueness, inclusion of a litter prevention message and interpretation of the Don’t mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful mission, overall visual appeal, composition and age appropriateness.
    • All judgments are final.
    • Entries will be judged by TxDOT, Keep Texas Beautiful representatives, sponsor representatives, and graphic design professionals.

    PRIZES
    Fourteen winners will be selected:
    • One student winner’s artwork, chosen from the 14 winning designs, will be featured on the cover of the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. He or she will also win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet. One design will also be chosen for the back cover.
    • 12 of the top 14 winning students will have their artwork featured on a month in the 2021 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar and receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet.
    • Teachers representing students who produce the top 14 designs will each win a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card.
    • Each of the 14 student winners will receive a gift basket with Buc-ee’s merchandise.
    • Runners-up to the contest may be showcased in the 2021 Calendar, online, or at the KTB annual conference. Runners-up will not receive a prize.
    • All featured winners will have their winning artwork returned and framed.


    ARTWORK SUBMISSION
    Participating teachers, coordinators or parents must submit students’ original designs (with Contest Entry Form and Agreement attached to the back of each) through the U.S. mail (not emailed) postmarked on or before May 29, 2020 to:


    Keep Texas Beautiful Don’t mess with Texas K-12 Art Contest
    8850 Business Park Drive, Suite 200
    Austin, Texas 78759

    More information can be found at DontMessWithTexas.org.

    Submit Your Artwork


2019 Art Contest Winners 

Keep Texas Beautiful and The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) have selected artwork by 14 Texan students to appear in the 2020 Don’t mess with Texas® Calendar. The calendar will include 14 winning designs submitted by students from across the state in the annual Don’t mess with Texas K-12 Art Contest. Twelve winning designs are assigned to a month in the calendar and two additional are featured on the front and back cover of the 2020 Don’t mess with Texas calendar. At least one winner was chosen from each grade level. 3,407 students submitted their artwork this year.

KINDERGARTEN

KINDERGARTEN

Juliana Garza | Scobee Elementary, San Antonio

FIRST GRADE

FIRST GRADE

Rukhsara Islam | Tanglewood Elementary, Fort Worth 

 

SECOND GRADE

SECOND GRADE

Sarah Pak | Akin Elementary, Leander

 

THIRD GRADE

THIRD GRADE

Lihan Zheng | Roosevelt Alexander Elementary, Katy
FOURTH GRADE

FOURTH GRADE

Armeen Jafry | Settlers Way Elementary, Sugar Land
FIFTH GRADE

FIFTH GRADE

Aubrey Thomas | Magee Elementary, Corpus Christi
SIXTH GRADE

SIXTH GRADE

Brianna Garza | Stinson Middle School, San Antonio
SEVENTH GRADE

SEVENTH GRADE

Alice Won | Dallas Arts Studio, Dallas
EIGTH GRADE

EIGTH GRADE

Grace Swenson | Curtis Middle School, Allen
NINTH GRADE

NINTH GRADE

Nhi Truong | Brownsville Early College High School, Brownsville

 

TENTH GRADE

TENTH GRADE

Shanyn Gutierrez | Whitehouse High School, Whitehouse

 

ELEVENTH GRADE

ELEVENTH GRADE

Nahyun Kim | JP Art Studio, Houston

 

ELEVENTH GRADE - 2

ELEVENTH GRADE - 2

Mallory Casto | Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove

 

TWELFTH GRADE

TWELFTH GRADE

Brittlee Garcia | Edinburg North High School, Edinburg

 


Order your 2020 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.


Interested in receiving a FREE copy of the 2020 calendar? Submit this form to request one calendar per mailing address.

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Questions? Call Keep Texas Beautiful at 512-478-8813 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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