A Legal History Art Contest
The Court of Chancery, in partnership with the Court of Chancery Historical Society is hosting the second annual art competition to celebrate history through art. The contest seeks submissions of art depicting and celebrating the historic Delaware cases of Belton v. Gebhart and Bulah v. Gebhart that directly contributed to the 1954 United States Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education.
Students are asked to create artwork that relates and/or is inspired by the cases. For example, students can create art depicting any of the people or places that were featured in the decision including plaintiffs, judges, lawyers, or locations such as the schools or towns.
- Deadline: Submissions due April 15, 2024
- Eligibility: Open to Students in Grades 7 - 12
- First place winner: $500
The First place winner’s artwork will be displayed at the Courthouse.
- Second place winner: $300
- Third place winner: $200
ResourcesTo learn more about Belton v. Gebhart and Bulah v. Gebhart, please visit:
- Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Delaware: Conflict in a Border State
- Delaware Historical Society, Belton and Bulah vs. Gebhart: The Fight to End School Segregation in Delaware
- National Archives, Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
- United States Courts, History – Brown v. Board of Education Re-enactment
How to submit your artwork
Tips for Photographing Your Art
- Hang your work or put it on a flat surface.
- Put your art against a plain background.
- Use bright or natural light.
- Use a high-quality camera or phone.
- Crop the image so that only your art is visible.
- All artwork submitted must be appropriate for all audiences.
- All submissions must be original art not received during the 2023 competition and must be submitted digitally.
- One submission per person.
Questions?Please email Chancery_Art_Competition@delaware.gov with any questions.