Modern Masters of America (MMA)
2024 Modern Masters of America Contest

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.


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

Contest Entries:

Contest entries for the 2024 Modern Masters of America Contest must be submitted online via the Registration form at the bottom of this page. Refer to the prompt and instructions (links below) for further details.

All submissions must be registered by March 31, 2024.

All art pieces must be dropped off at California Lawyers for the Arts on Monday, April 1 between 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm. California Lawyers for the Arts is located at 2015 J Street, Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95811. Art submissions not received by 6:00 pm on Monday, April 1 will not be entered into the contest.

In-Person Gallery Reception:

Operation Protect and Defend will host a reception for the student artists at The Auditorium at CLARA on Friday, April 5, 2024 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The gallery is located at 1425 24th Street, Sacramento CA 95816.  At the reception, students will have the opportunity to engage with our panel of art judges, view all of the contest entries, and have their artwork displayed in a professional art gallery. We encourage family and friends to attend this special event in support of the artists, too! During the reception, the panel of art judges will view the submissions, speak with the artists, and determine award winners using an established rubric (see Judging Criteria above). Winning students will be notified in early April, and those students will be invited to attend OPD’s Law Day Dinner, where cash prizes will be awarded to the top pieces.

Past MMA Exhibits/Photos:



MMA Submissions 2024

I certify that this work of art is my original work and that it was created as a part of my school curriculum. By submitting my art in this contest, I give permission for my headshot to be displayed beside my artwork while on display, and for my artwork to be reproduced and used for educational and promotional purposes related to the Operation Protect and Defend program. I give permission for my work, and any photos taken of me or my work, to be reprinted and used for educational and promotional purposes. I understand that if I do not claim my artwork after the competition is over it will become the property of OPD and may be discarded.

Parental Release:

I give permission for the Operation Protect and Defend program to publish photographs taken of me and/or my minor child, their art, and our names, for educational and promotional purposes.

I release the Operation Protect and Defend program from any expectation of confidentiality for my minor child and myself. I attest that I am the parent or legal guardian of the child listed below and am therefore authorized to sign this release. I acknowledge that participation in publications and website produced by the Operation Protect and Defend program confers no rights of ownership. I release Operation Protect and Defend from liability for any claims by me or any third party in connection with my participation or the participation of the minor child.


Please attach a head shot. There is a 8MB limit.

Allowable file types include PDF and Images (jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp).

Please attached your art files (up to 6 images).  There is a 40MB limit.

Allowed files include: Images (jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp), Audio (mp3, wav, wma, midi), Video (mp4, wav, mov, avi), and docs (pdf, ppt, doc, xls).