LOS ALAMOS, NM — June 7, 2012 —The 5th annual Next Big Idea Festival in Los Alamos, New Mexico announces a call for art entries for their Science and Math Based Art contest (SMART) titled, “Art for Science Sake” – a juried competition and exhibit demonstrating scientific or mathematical concepts, principles, or phenomena in creative ways. Artist entries are being accepted now through 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2012.

Artists of all ages are encouraged to enter up to eight original images of science and math based digital art. Entries can be created digitally using computers, be photographic, or be produced through traditional fine arts methods including drawing, painting, pottery, fiber arts, etc.

If work is in a medium other than digital imagery, please submit a digital image and indicate the original medium in the caption.

All entries should be completed online along with a high resolution image file suitable for large-format printing. Submit entries to nextbigideaLA.com/smart2012contestpage.htm. Anyone under 18 years of age is required to have a legal guardian or parent submit the entry form.

Entries will be posted to a gallery on the website as they are received to allow for viewing. Once an artist submits an entry(ies), the public will have a chance to vote for their favorites between Aug. 1-15. Judges will then choose from those top entries. Winning submissions may have their art placed on public display in the Los Alamos Creative District.

Contest winners and awards will be announced and an exhibit will take place in conjunction with the Next Big Idea Festival on Sept. 15. More than $2,500 in prizes will be awarded.

An online gallery of last year’s contest winners is posted on the Next Big Idea website, nextbigideaLA.com/smart-contest-winners.

More than 900 entries from throughout the world were submitted in last year’s inaugural SMART competition.

The Next Big Idea Festival is scheduled in Los Alamos from Sept. 14-15, 2012. The Next Big Idea has been established as Los Alamos’ festival of science, invention, innovation, and discovery.  2011 will be the fourth year for the festival which also features a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Student Day.

For more information about the Next Big Idea Festival or the SMART contest, visit www.NextBigIdeaLA.com or call Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Suzette Fox at 505-661-4844.