‘MASKUPODESSA’ Art Contest raises awareness to wear masks


ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – In an effort to try and get more people to wear masks the Ellen Noel Art Museum is putting on a poster contest. The top three winners not only get a prize but business owners can print out their posters to raise awareness.

James Ozuna, a Local Artist said, “Mask up, wear it, let this all pass us, and then we can get on with our normal life.”

“I just want people to have fun with this and be creative and lets come together,” said Ashley Flores, the Development & Marketing Manager at the Ellen Noel Art Museum.

It’s for artists of all ages and people can sign up on their website. The Development & Marketing Manager is hoping it will help normalize wearing a mask while out and about.

Flores said, “We’re going to put them on our website also the winning poster you can call us and you can get one for your business to put it in your doors or however you please and it will be for free. I feel like we need to all come together and just feel like we are all going through this and we are not alone.”

Ozuna adding it was the perfect opportunity to showcase local artists while helping to slow the spread. Since 2020 is an election year he decided to put a twist to President Obama’s iconic ‘HOPE’ poster.

“The style is based on Shepard Fairey, he is the street artist and he is the one that did that Obama ‘HOPE’ poster. I just wanted to include Odessa stuff that was familiar,” said Ozuna.

People can submit their posters until July 31, 2020, at midnight. Every participant will get a $25 gift card to the Ellen Noel Art Museum.

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