About The Contest

The Bryan Museum has collaborated with esteemed community partners to recognize Juneteenth on Galveston Island through The Art of Equality: Art and Literacy Contest. The contest invites middle school, high school, and college undergraduate students to submit poetry, spoken word, and visual art with the focus of equality, in celebration of the Juneteenth Mural Project in Galveston, Texas, by artist Reginald C. Adams.


Ceremony and Exhibit Presented by

Art of Equality: Art and Literacy Contest
The Bryan Museum | Sunday, June 20
2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

2 p.m. VIP Reception (Invitation Only, Contest Winners and Family Guests)
3 p.m.
Ceremony and Award Presentation (Invited Museum Guests, Franciscan Members and Above) 
4 p.m.
Exhibit Open to Public

The Bryan Museum will be hosting the student winners of the contest along with families and esteemed guests for a reception and ceremony.  This ceremony and reception are the culmination of the weeklong festivities in the city of Galveston including the Mural dedication on Saturday, June 19th.

This extensive collaboration includes Reginald C. Adams (Mural Artist), The Juneteenth Legacy Project and Diversity Over Division Initiative of Fort Bend County, Fort Bend County Libraries, the University of Houston at Sugar Land, iWRITE Literacy Organization and The Bryan Museum.


The Winners

Spoken Word/Poetry:
Matthew Seungho Jeong, Pin Oak Middle School, “The Paradox of Absolute Equality”, Rani Jones, Bush High School, “Spoiled Orchard, Your Bloody Fruits Will Us Bring Salvation”, Chase Greer, Lone Star CC, “When You See Me, What Do You See”

Visual Arts:
Saee Bagwe, Marcario Garcia Middle School, “We Are One”, Samantha Bacan, Kempner High School,  “Girl in Water Lily Reverie”

Galveston Hometown Heroes:
DaMarques Hurte, La Marque High School, “Awake, Awake, Awake”, Genesis Gonzalez, Collegiate Academy @ Weis, “Until Death Do Us Part”
Danitza Roja, Ball High School, “The Land of the Free, The Equal, and The Brave” Gabriel Martinez, Austin Middle School, “Absolute Equality”

Art of Equality: The Exhibit

This exhibition will be on display from June 20 through August 29.

The Bryan Museum is pleased to present Art of Equality: Art and Literacy Contest in celebration of the Juneteenth Mural Project in Galveston, Texas.

The contest was open to Middle School (Region IV), High School (Region IV) and College Undergraduate poets, spoken word and visual artists. This contest is a community engagement strategy of the Juneteenth Legacy Project. Through this visual art and literary contest we are reaching and engaging broad and diverse populations of students in the dialogue about social justice and racial equality in a creative and constructive way.

The original canvas art of the historic mural painted by artist Reginald C. Adams will also be on display along side the works of the eight student winners.