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Science as Art Contest Guidelines and Submission Instructions

Art is valued for its capacity to communicate. It can make complex scientific phenomena comprehensible to everyone. The goal of the Science as Art Contest is to spark public interest in science. The Science as Art Contest celebrates the creativity of the students in University of Wisconsin-Platteville with art from primary images capturing scientific phenomena or generated using scientific tools. Submissions will be judged and winners will receive prizes. All artwork will be displayed at the 2014 EMS Expo as well as on the Expo website.

Guidelines for Artwork

The artwork should present original student work related to science/engineering and should fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Photographs/Pictures – Digital photographs obtained by cameras, microscopes, telescopes, and similar instruments. Images created by sensors are also appreciated.
  2. Illustrations/Drawings – Traditional or computer-assisted illustrations and drawings produced to conceptualize the unseen or recreate an object, process, or phenomenon (technique).

Each artwork must include a short (<150 words) caption in layman's terms briefly explaining the scientific structures, processes, or ideas depicted in the art, as well as any techniques/equipment used to create the piece. This explanation should clarify both the scientific and artistic aspects of the work. The following websites give some examples of what can be a "science as art" artwork:

Artwork will be judged based on the following four aspects:

  1. Scientific Basis (To what extent is the piece inspired by science?)
  2. Aesthetic Appeal (How much does the piece stir aesthetic emotions?)
  3. Thought Provocation (To what extent is the piece capable of provoking thoughts about science in others?)
  4. Clarity (How well does the image alone convey meaning? How well does the written accompaniment enhance the experience of viewing the piece?)

Submission Instructions

All images are to be submitted via e-mail as a high-resolution jpeg file of at least 300 dpi (10 MB maximum size) from now until March 28, 2014. The submittal address is expo@uwplatt.edu. Please include the submitter's last name in the title of the jpeg file. In a separate text file with the same title, the submitter must give a short caption of the work as specified in Guidelines for Artwork. In addition, the submitter's name, affiliation and e-mail address must be given in the same file.

Entrants will receive notification via e-mail that their submission was received. The EXPO committee will select a group of finalists from these submissions and will notify all entrants of their status early April. Finalists will then bring their entries to the Expo ready for judging and general display. If selected as a finalist, the image and caption (24-point size) should be mounted on a sturdy backing board. Do not frame your image!

Entry Agreement

By submitting, participants agree to the following disclaimer:

"I have read the guidelines and certify that all of the submitted work is original and completed within the past two years. I agree to provide the work(s) of art or other material identified above for display and to allow the use of the image for promotional purposes."

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