Welcome to the Operation Protect & Defend Modern Masters of America Fine Art Contest. This contest offers students the opportunity to express their views on important Constitutional issues through the vehicle of artistic expression.

Eligibility: To submit an art piece, you must participate in the Dialogue on America, either through a social studies or law class that is participating in the program. Your teacher will provide the requirements for the Dialogue in class. Up to 10 students from each school participating in the Fine Art Contest may submit artwork. You should sign up with your teacher, who will submit your name to your school’s lead teacher for Operation Protect & Defend. The lead teacher will determine which students will represent their school.

Pieces must be submitted at the time and place designated below. All art submissions must be ready for hanging or display, with the Piece Description provided below completed in full, attached to the piece and delivered to the designated art gallery described below on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 between 2:30 p.m. and  6:00 p.m.  Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Event: On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Operation Protect & Defend will hold a gallery reception from approximately 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Kennedy Gallery located at 1931 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.

At the reception, students will discuss their art pieces with federal and state court judges, professional artists and industry experts, law professors, lawyers, high school teachers and business leaders. Art “judges” at the reception will select the top pieces. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

Platinum Award - $1,000
Gold Award - $800
Silver Award - $600
Bronze Award - $300
Honorable Mention Awards - $100 each

Art Forms: Fixed medium capable of display on a table or wall, performance art, music, or video.

Size Limits: Art must fit through a standard doorway without dismantling, and be capable of display on a table or wall without structural modifications. Performance art, music, or video must be viewable in DVD format and be 1 - 3 minutes in duration. Each piece must be signed by the student, with the student’s full name, teacher’s name and school identified on the reverse side of the work. If you have a question about whether a concept/piece will be permitted, ask your school's lead teacher. OPD program leaders reserve the right to reject any submission in their sole discretion.

Steps to Participate:

Step 1: Participate in the Dialogue on America.
Step 2: Sign up with your teacher.
Step 3: Use the specified prompt for the proper school year to create a work of art in response to the question below:


2017 2018 Art Prompt.docx

Step 4: Register your work of art at the Modern Masters web site, located at
Step 5:  Email a headshot to and  The photo will be displayed beside each piece while on display at the Kennedy Gallery.  The photo can be a “selfie” taken with a smartphone.
Step 6:  Deliver your art to the lobby at Kennedy Gallery, located at 1931 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811, ready to display with the Piece Description affixed on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Step 7:   Join us for the art exhibit at Kennedy Gallery on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with your parents and teacher if possible.
Step 8: The Modern Masters committee will notify teachers of the winning entries on Monday, April 9, 2018The committee will store winning pieces and hold them for display at the Law Day Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in May 2018.   Winning pieces will continue on display at the Sacramento Federal Judicial Library and Learning Center ( as part of a rotating gallery display.
Other entries must be picked up from the Gallery on April 7, 2018 during gallery hours between 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Any items not picked up will become the property of OPD and will be disposed of.

Join The Team

Operation Protect & Defend is a program for Sacramento area high schools sponsored by the The Sacramento Federal Judicial Library & Learning Center.
If you are a teacher, administrator, student, judge or lawyer wanting to get involved in Operation Protect & Defend, we encourage you to contact us for additional information.

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