Don't mess with Texas Art Contest

Did you know that Texans ages 16-34 are the most likely to litter? We need to do all we can to motivate young Texans to keep our environment free from trash. Help Don't mess with Texas® and Keep Texas Beautiful inspire our future leaders to refrain from littering and advocate for litter prevention. Get involved in the Don’t mess with Texas K-12 Art Contest, presented by Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Entries are accepted January 11 through April 7, 2017.

Download entry forms, contest rules, flyers, and other helpful materials under Related Items on this page.

*NEW* This year's contest is open to all Texas students, including middle and high school.

Entries should promote the Don't mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention messages in order to encourage the protection of our Texas roadways and environment. Artwork will be judged based on creativity and uniqueness, inclusion of a litter prevention message, and interpretation of the Don't mess with Texas/Keep Texas Beautiful mission, and/or overall visual appeal, and composition. Winners will be announced online in May 2017.

Students who create the top 13 winning designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or placed on the cover of the 2018 Don't mess with Texas Calendar. Each will also win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 tablet donated by H-E-B and Central Market. All student winners and runners-up may be showcased on the Don't mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media sites, at the 2017 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference, in media announcements, and through other channels.

Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card. See Official Official Contest Rules (PDF) for details.

The contest begins January 11, 2017. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by April 7, 2017. Winners will be announced in early May 2017.

Teachers across Texas are encouraged to set aside class time for their students to create artwork for the 2018 Don't mess with Texas Calendar. This project can be completed in one day or over several days to give students enough time to finish their design. After the students' entries are submitted, artwork will be judged by Keep Texas Beautiful and graphic design professionals.

Download the full Official Official Contest Rules (PDF) and Contest Entry Form and Agreement (PDF) for students and parents/guardians, and display a flyer (PDF) in your classroom or school hallway to create buzz! We've even included sample letters to send home to parents.

2017 Don't mess with Texas Calendar
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Last year we received more than 6,460 student entries! Below are the 2016 winners. Congratulations to all!

Call Keep Texas Beautiful at 1 (800) CLEAN-TX or email

Mihika Gupta, Kindergartener (Cover Image)
McCoy Elementary in Carrollton

Sofia Haynes, Kindergartener
Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy in San Antonio

Avery Nisbet, First Grader
Windsor Park Elementary in Corpus Christi

Jacob Esquilin, First Grader
Windsor Park Elementary in Corpus Christi

Eric Zhang, Second Grader
Roosevelt Alexander Elementary in Katy

Syrus Gupta, Second Grader
Greenhill School in Addison

Jaycee Esters, Third Grader
North Zulch Elementary/Secondary in North Zulch

Sophia Young, Third Grader
Armstrong Elementary in Dallas

Adam Roth, Fourth Grader
White Rock Montessori in Dallas

Brandy Quiroga, Fourth Grader
PFC Mario Ybarra Elementary in Weslaco

Kristin Madison, Fourth Grader
Hillcrest Elementary in Nederland

Fernanda Nuñez-Flores, Fifth Grader
Pattison Elementary in Katy

Hannah Choi, Fifth Grader
Dallas Arts Studio in Dallas