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Texas Department of Transportation
News Release
Thursday, August 18, 2011


PORT ARANSAS – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced the start of its second art contest to select art work to be featured on the towers of three ferry boats in the Port Aransas ferry system.

The contest is open to anyone and includes two categories – children (age 18 and under) and adult (older than age 18). The deadline for submitting art work for the contest is 5:00 p.m. Central Time on October 31, 2011. Winners will be selected by the end of 2011. Contest Guidelines

Howard Gillespie, ferry operations manager for the Port Aransas ferry system, said winning entries will be reproduced on the towers of three ferry boats (the DeBerry, the Oliver, and the Stotzer).

“Ferry riders really enjoy having the art dress up the ferry boats,” Gillespie said. “It’s just another memorable part of taking the ferry across the channel.” Gillespie said the first art contest took place in Fall 2010 and had 66 entries. Six art works were selected and placed on three ferry boats earlier this year and one work was selected to be featured in the ferry operations building. Children’s art was added to the two newest ferry boats when they were dedicated last month.

Gillespie encouraged artists wishing to enter the contest to submit works that depict people, places, plants, animals, environment, scenes, settings, events, or activities relevant to the Port Aransas ferry system. “The ferry system is about more than just getting from one place to another. It is an important part of the visitor experience in Port Aransas. It’s a short ride, but it captures so much about what is great about this coastal community.”

Contest guidelines can be found on the TxDOT website, on its Facebook page (, and on the agency’s Twitter page (  ­

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