How can I use the Contact widget in a specific container-- not in the sidebar or footer?

I guess I'm asking how to create an additional widget-ized area besides the sidebar and footer. I must be a container that I can give absolute positioning to and z-index, as I want it to float above the slider.

Can I give the the contact form a graphic background instead of a solid color? If so, where/how?

Can I easily get rid of the subject field? I'm planning on using 2 forms-- one to request for information and the other to request being put on the newsletter mailings. So both have dedicated subjects and I don't need a subject line.

Do you have a different plugin that would accomplish my goals better?