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 dhrcdirector @ with any further questions.

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

What valuable lessons have you learned from the Holocaust?

2023 is the 90th anniversary of the Nazi assumption of power – legally and ‘democratically’! – in Germany. For the first few years Jews and other minorities were targeted in relatively minor and annoying ways – in other words, bullying – in order to prepare the country for later and more deadly policies. This year we encourage students to think about how bullying can lead to far worse outcomes if we do not stand up to it when it starts.

Winners will be notified soon after the deadline, March 31, 2023, and will be announced at the annual Yom haShoah commemoration.

click here for the contest entry form

If you have trouble downloading the form, contact daytonholocaustresourcecenter @

Entries should be brought to Temple Beth Or in Kettering during the week of March 27-31.  Be sure to phone first to make sure someone is there to let you in.  See their website for their location, hours, etc.  Their phone is 937.435.3400.  Problems getting your entry to Beth Or?  Call Melinda at 937-238-1194.

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

525 Versailles Dr, Dayton, OH 45459

questions? e-mail dhrcdirector @