Deadline nears for Law Day high school art contest

The SE Texas Record Mar. 9, 2011, 7:57am

First place winner from the 2010 Law Day Art Contest.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day to help students and the public understand how the law protects our freedoms through programs and activities conducted by schools, courts, bar associations and civic groups.

In connection with the celebration of Law Day on May 1, the federal court in Beaumont is once again hosting an art contest for high school students.

The theme of the 2011 Law Day Art Contest is "American landscapes." All submittals should be a positive message and should be appropriate for display in a U.S. Courthouse. Partisan political works or works depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or of a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.

The contest is open to high school students in Southeast Texas public and private schools within the boundaries of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division. The division encompasses Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton and Orange counties.

The deadline is Tuesday, March 15. Entries will be judged on originality, design, technique, content and appeal.

Students may use any medium, including water color, acrylic, oil, chalk, collage, pen & ink, tempera and charcoal. It is not necessary to frame the artwork.

Prizes are $1,000 for first place, $750 for second, $500 for third and $250 for fourth place.

Winners will be announced April 15, and they will be recognized in a ceremony on April 22 at the U.S. Courthouse in Beaumont. The winning artwork will be framed and displayed at the courthouse for one year.

For a complete list of rules, please visit

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