Environment Texas is hosting an art contest for our campaign:  “Methane: UT’s dirty little secret.” The University of Texas is involved in the one of the largest oil and gas operations in America. The drilling operations pollute huge amounts of methane, which is harming our planet.  UT doesn’t require companies who lease its land to use available technology to cut methane pollution. We’re calling on UT to require the companies that drill on UT owned land to cut methane emissions in half in the next five years.

To help get the word out about this important campaign we’re calling on artists! The art submissions must represent the purpose of the campaign which is to have UT reduce their dangerous methane emissions from fracking operations happening on UT owned lands. We will be accepting any medium of art, from photographs to sculptures, it’s up to you! All art will be displayed after the competition has ended. This is a unique opportunity to have your artwork displayed, and it’s for an important cause!

Your submissions will be a critical part in moving UT to cutting their dangerous methane emissions!

For more information on the campaign- see: http://environmenttexas.org/programs/txe/ut’s-dirty-little-secret

There will be PRIZES available for the winners of the contest:

1st place :$1000

2nd place:$500

3rd place :$250

Entry Period:

The Contest begins at 9:00 A.M. Central time on November 3, 2016 and ends at 11:59 P.M Central time on December 5th, 2016. Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.  Only entries actually received by Environment Texas during the Entry Period will be considered to be submitted.  Environment Texas is not responsible for entries that are not actually received for any reason.

What to Enter:

All submissions must relate directly back to the campaign, if a submission is unrelated it will not be considered during voting.

Entries may be in any medium (e.g., drawing, performance art, sculpture, photograph).  All artists will be required to submit their entry to Environment Texas via email in a format that can be displayed online via Environment Texas’s website (e.g., image, audio, video file).

Physical submissions are also required, in order for submissions to be displayed by Environment Texas.

Each artist can only submit one entry.

 How to Enter:

1) Submissions will be accepted through 12/5. Please send all entries to eweisfeld@environmenttexas.org with the following information:

name, phone, E-mail, description of submission, and school (if applicable). Note: A physical copy of the submission should be sent to the Environment Texas address in Austin.

2) Judging will occur from 12/7-12/9. Entries will be posted on environmenttexas.org for voting by the public.

3) Art will be displayed at the Environment Texas Holiday Party on 12/10, from 5-7pm at The Wheel in Austin. Winners will be invited to the party to accept their prize.


The contest will be overseen by the judges, Luke Metzger and Emily Weisfeld of Environment Texas.

The judges may disqualify an entry for any reason, including but not limited to, a failure to follow the submissions guidelines, a failure to respond to the request topic, vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate content of any kind, a violation of copyright, trademark, or any other law or regulation, or any other reasonable justification whatsoever.

The odds of winning will vary dependent on the number of entries.  Each participant’s odds of winning will be equal to the number of valid, non-duplicate entries submitted by a participant divided by the total number of valid, non-duplicate entries submitted in that category.


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First place: $1000 USD

Second place: $500 USD

Third place: $250 USD


Winning entries will be selected by public voting following contest completion on December 7th, 2016 and continuing through December 9th, 2016.  The entry receiving the most votes will be awarded first place.  The entry receiving the second most votes will be awarded second place.  The entry receiving the third most votes will be awarded third place.

The decisions of the public (voting for winners) and judges (eligibility) will be final and unreviewable.  By entering your artistic work, you acknowledge that the judging criteria are inherently subjective, and that it is possible for reasonable disagreement with the public’s and/or judges’ decisions.  You agree that you will not seek to challenge the public’s and/or judges’ decisions in any way, including by disparaging Environment Texas, its affiliates, the contest, the voting public or the judges in any forum whatsoever.

Winners will be contacted via the email that they provided in the contest entry form. Winners should respond via email to confirm best address to send prize via mail. If winners do not respond via email, further attempt will be made to contact via phone. If contact is unsuccessful after one week, another winner will be selected in their stead.

Winning artistic work along with entrant’s name and state of residence will be available on the Environment Texas website and social media. The list will remain available for a reasonable period following the end of the contest period.

By entering your artistic work, you agree to the following:

  • The artistic work you are entering was created by you and you own the copyright or any other intellectual property right required for you to agree to these terms.
  • You agree to indemnify Environment Texas, its affiliates, and any of their respective officers, directors, employees, or agents against any cost, claim, damage, or liability relating to copyright or other intellectual property right in connection with your entry, including but not limited to any claim of copyright infringement.

By entering, you grant Environment Texas and its affiliates a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the artistic work on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
  • Use the artistic work in Environment Texas’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, annual report.
  • Use, in connection with the Art Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • Retain a digital copy of your artistic work that will be archived in the Environment Texas library and accessible to our staff.
  • Edit, modify, excerpt, paraphrase, or otherwise alter your artistic work in connection with any of the above-described uses.

Environment Texas will endeavor to credit all artistic works with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available.

By providing your contact information, you agree to be contacted by Environment Texas or its affiliates via email, telephone call, or text message about this contest, our campaigns, or other related activities.

By entering, you agree to release and hold Environment Texas, its affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents harmless from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) technical errors; (b) late or undelivered emails; (c) errors in the administration of the Contest; (f) injury or damage to persons or property; (g) any other cause whatsoever. You waive the right to claim any attorney’s fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


Open to all legal US residents 18 years or older. Employees of Environment Texas, employees of any other organization affiliated with The Public Interest Network, as well as immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, or similarly closely related individual) of such employees, may enter but are not eligible to win.

Contest sponsor:

Environment America (d/b/a Environment Texas), 815 Brazos St., Suite 600, Austin, TX 78701.

Social Media:

Join our Facebook group to ask questions about the art contest, sound off about energy policy, and meet like-minded citizens!



If you have any questions about the contest please contact Emily Weisfeld at eweisfeld@environmenttexas.org