Students Compete in International Peace Poster Contest

What images come to mind when you think of peace?

Some local middle school students had to think about that recently, and now their vision is on display in Kingsville.

Middle school students from the Santa Gertrudis School in Kingsville and from the Riviera Independent School District took part in an International Peace Poster Contest.

"For example, one of the posters has two guns, and that's pretty powerful," said Brenda Canizalez, museum educator at John E. Conner Museum. "Two guns. But what's coming out of them, the guns, are roses. Flowers. And so that's someone's expression of peace, you know. Instead of shooting bullets, let's plant flowers, or shoot flowers."

The peace posters are on display at the John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The contest is sponsored by the Lions Club, an international service organization. Students from around the globe participate, but the posters in this exhibit are all local entries.

The theme this year is "Our world, our future." Students were asked to illustrate what peace means to them.

"You can get a lot from children," Canizalez said. "Children are quite profound if we listen to them. They are. And you can see it through their expression, artistic expression, on the posters. There's a lot to take away. We can learn a lot from children."

It's an annual contest, and local students of Kingsville and Riviera were competing against some 350,000 artists worldwide. Those participating were asked to illustrate what peace means to them using any variety of two-dimensional art media, including charcoal, crayon, pencil or paint. Because it is an international contest, no wording was allowed on the front of the poster.

The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the museum and the exhibit is free, and the exhibit will be on display through March 22.


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