Plastic Free Sea Art Contest

 It has been estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.  To highlight marine debris, the Texas State Aquarium is hosting multiple exhibits this summer that look at how trash affects our oceans and the steps each of us can take to protect our environment.  One of those exhibits, Washed Up Texas, features large sculptures made from trash found right here on Texas beaches.

The Aquarium would like to welcome children 12 and under to participate in a virtual art contest featuring artwork made from single-use plastic and other recycled material.  We encourage families to clean up a section of the beach and use those materials for their artwork.   The winning artwork will be displayed at the Texas State Aquarium until September 2021.  The winner will also receive four admission tickets to the Aquarium and Reliant Energy will provide the school where the winning student attends with $2,000 for their art program.   We will announce the winner on Facebook on June 1st.


  • Must live in San Patricio or Nueces County
  • Must be 12 years old and under


We hope you and your parents will use this as an opportunity to clean up a beach, your favorite park, or even your neighborhood.   The artwork needs to be primarily made out of recycled or single-use materials. Must be smaller than 24 inches by 24 inches.  A photograph of the artwork will need to be submitted through our website for consideration with the artists name, age, school they will attend in the fall, parents name and contact number as well as list the materials used.  


All artwork should be submitted by May 24, 2021.


Submissions are closed.  The winner will be announced June 1, 2021.

Washed Up Texas at the Aquarium