This spring, the Museum of the Gulf Coast invites high school students to submit ceramic or clay sculptures for the annual High School Art Contest. The competition is inspired by Earth Songs, an upcoming exhibition of clay vessels created by ceramic artist Linnis Blanton which will be on view at the Museum March 27 through May 30.

Student entries are limited to 18” x 18” and may be painted, glazed, fired, or plain. The submission deadline is March 18, 2011 and entries can be dropped off at the Museum of the Gulf Coast located at 700 Procter St. in Port Arthur or at The Art Studio, Inc. located at 720 Franklin St. in Beaumont. All works must be accompanied by an official entry form to be considered for display. Entry forms may be obtained at the Museum of the Gulf Coast or on the Museum’s website at under the Education and Outreach link.

Entries will be displayed at the Museum of the Gulf Coast from March 27-April 26 in association with Earth Songs.  Blanton will judge student works and an awards ceremony will be held March 27 at 2 p.m. during the opening reception for Earth Songs.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College – Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the Museum call 409-982-7000.