Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest

This contest is held under the auspices of the Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton. It is sponsored by Renate Frydman and family in memory of Grandfather Max May, pictured here. Framing of the art is sponsored by Allen Seymour in memory of his wife Carole.

Each winter the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center sponsors two contests for students in grades 5 through 12. Click on the links below for complete details about the contests, including this year’s themes and deadlines. Contact rene @ with any further questions.

The theme for this year’s Lydia May Memorial Holocaust Writing Contest and Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest is:

 Liberation: Life After the Holocaust

In 2020 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camps in Europe.  Millions died, but many thousands also survived the camps and went on to live productive and sometimes inspiring lives.  Choose a survivor or camp liberator who has made outstanding contributions to the arts, the sciences, education, or any other significant gift to humanity.

Many inspiring stories can be found at the Jewish Virtual Library, The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, the website of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum,, Israel’s Yad vaShem, and other sites.  And we are happy to make suggestions.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 3, 2020.  Click on the links below for full information. 

Suggestions for teachers: We are looking for work that focuses on the Holocaust as an inspiration for a world that is free of racism, bullying, disrespect and intolerance.   Our hope is for students to feel that they can impact the future in their everyday relations with their peers, and show their message in their art. Your students cannot change the past, but they can change the future. Please discourage the usual symbols and platitudes and encourage students to look forward to what kind of world we could have if we take the lessons of the Holocaust to heart.

Please limit the entries to your best pieces of art. The work must be display-ready, matted or framed if possible. See farther below for more detailed instructions. Entries become the property of the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center, although they may be returned when the art show is over. Please note the change in address for mailing and dropping off the art and writing work.

PLEASE NOTE that the deadline is Friday, April 3. Entries must be mailed and postmarked by that date, or (better) dropped off at:

Temple Israel

130 Riverside Drive
Dayton, OH 45405
P: 937 496 0050

phone first to make sure someone will be there when you come.

Winners will be notified soon after the deadline, and will be announced at the annual Yom haShoah commemoration at Beth Abraham in late April.

click here for the contest entry form

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DIVISIONS: Division I is for grades 5-8. Division II is for grades 9-12. Students at any greater Dayton area school, public, parochial or private, are eligible. Entries must be submitted through a teacher, except in the case of home-schooled students. No more than two entries per student, please.

AWARDS: Monetary awards will be given for First, Second, Third Place and possibly Honorable Mention or Best of Show.  Awards will be announced at the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration, this year at Beth Abraham Synagogue on April 28.


Media that may be used: Drawing, Painting, Photography (if using computer imagery, it must be created as part of your own design), Printmaking, Three-dimensional Sculpture (mixed media assemblages, wood carvings, etc). Particular care must be taken with sharp edges, glass, and other delicate material. The glue must hold up when displayed and traveling to various locations.

All entries must be of manageable size and suitable for public display.

The Holocaust Education Committee reserves the right to exhibit any of the art entered in this contest, including photos of entries on this website or elsewhere. The art remains the property of the Holocaust Education Committee.

Each entry must have TWO entry forms: one attached to the artwork itself (on the back or bottom) and another copy to be included in an envelope mailed to the Resource Center by the teacher. This envelope may include forms for all the entries from a school or class. This makes it easier to identify and keep track of all entries. You may use photocopies or originals of the form in the print version of the Holocaust Education Newsletter, or download this online form.

mailing address:

Dayton Holocaust Resource Center

305 Sugar Camp Circle

Dayton, OH 45409
questions? e-mail the director at rene @