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:

Reflections on the Holocaust:

How can Holocaust Study help us reduce Prejudice, Bullying and Hatred? 

In these difficult times we see hatred, bigotry and bullying as major threats to our peace and our democracy.  At the same time we see the rise of grassroots movements opposed to this frightening trend.  Our schools are not immune – young people as well as adults must deal with prejudice and racism.  The study of the Nazi Holocaust can give us insight into the roots of bigotry as well as hopeful ideas on how to deal with it, as we strive to fulfill the goal of “tikkun olam” – the Hebrew ideal of “healing the world.”

We understand that the unprecedented challenges of this school year may make it difficult for students, teachers and parents to participate in the contests.  We encourage entries from students being schooled at home as well in traditional classrooms. 

Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 19, 2021.  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, March 19, 2021. Entries must be mailed and postmarked by that date, or (better) dropped off at a location which we will announce as soon as we can.

Winners will be notified soon after the deadline, and will be announced at the annual Yom haShoah commemoration currently scheduled for April 11 – more informatiuon to come.

click here for the contest entry form

If you have trouble downloading the form, contact daytonholocaustresourcecenter @

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 dhrcdirector @