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20th Annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest

WHO: All Texas students (public, private, and home-schooled) in grades K-6 are invited to participate.

WHAT:  20th Annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest.   Artwork should be based on the theme “Treasures of the Texas Coast” and should depict why the Texas coast is important or special to the student.

Artwork must be original and must be a horizontal or vertical drawing or painting measuring approximately eight and a half (8 1/2") by eleven (11") inches. The size should not include a mat or border.  Entries must not be framed, under glass, or have a protective covering that is attached to the art.

Acceptable art media are paint (acrylic, water color or oil paints), colored pencil, colored markers, ink, crayon, and chalk or pastel (fixed). Collages, computer printouts, photography, or photocopies are not eligible.  Nothing may be glued, stapled or attached to the front of the artwork in any way. For display purposes, colorful entries are preferred.  No use of company logos, product brands, or store names. Any entries with use of such items will be disqualified. Only one entry per student.

All entries must have a completed parental release form affixed to the back of the artwork. Use a clear glue stick or tape the form. Do not staple or paper clip the form as it damages the artwork.

Ten winners will be chosen in mid-April from each of four grade-level categories (K – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th, and 6th) for a total of 40 winners. One grand prize winner will be chosen from among the 40 finalists.  Winning artwork will appear together in a 2017 calendar, which will be distributed throughout the state. This year's grand prize winner will receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines to any United destination in the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, one 7-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean International departing out of Galveston, Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral or Puerto Rico, and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels. The grand prize winner's teacher will also receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines, and one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International. All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, one ticket to the Exhibit Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a ticket to the Houston Zoo, two all day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, prizes and a certificate of recognition from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.

WHEN:  All submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 and mailed to the Texas General Land Office.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

HOW:  Review the contest guidelines and sign the entry/parental consent/student pledge form, and attach the form to the back of the entry.  Mail all entries to the Texas General Land Office:

Texas General Land Office

Adopt-A-Beach Program: Children’s Art Contest 2016
P.O. Box 12873
Austin, Texas 78711-2873

For more information, please see our FAQs, or contact the Adopt-A-Beach program at 877-TXCOAST (892-6278) or at