Art Contest

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Winners will be announced in July 2019 and prizes will be distributed by July 31, 2019. Contest rules and dates may change at sponsors’ sole discretion.


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 2020 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 13 winning designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or featured on the cover of the 2020 Don’t mess with Texas calendar. All featured winners will have their winning artwork returned and framed and receive a $100 Visa gift card donated by Keep Texas Beautiful and a gift basket full of their favorite goodies from Texas’ legendary store Buc-ee’s®. 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 2019 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference, in media announcements, and through other channels, as appropriate.

Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card.

Order your 2020 Don’t mess with Texas® art calendar from our partner Keep Texas Beautiful today!

Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation announced the winners of 2019 Don’t mess with Texas® K-12 Art Contest. Entries came from 308 schools throughout Texas and the winning designs will be featured in the 2020 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Check out the 2019 winners below.