Science and Math-based Art Contest Announced

A science and math-based art juried competition and exhibit (SMART) will once again be a part of The Next Big Idea festival in 2012.  Artist entries are currently being accepted until the end of July at the www.NextBigIdeaLA.com.  Anyone may enter their art.  More than $2500 in prizes will be awarded.  The inaugural competition last year netted more than 900 entries from throughout the world and prizes winners shared thousands of dollars in cash prizes.  There is an online gallery of art submitted last year on the website.

Science and math-based art demonstrates scientific or mathematical concepts, principles, or phenomena in creative ways.  It can be created digitally using computers, be photographic, or be produced through traditional fine arts methods including drawing, painting, pottery, fiber arts, etc.  The contest will be free to enter, and all entries will be by upload of a digital representation of the artwork on the contest website.  Entries will be accepted through July, but entries will be posted to a gallery on the website as they are received to allow for viewing.  Contest winners and awards will be announced and an exhibit will take place in conjunction with the Next Big Idea Festival on September 15th.

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 Science and Math-based art contest, visit www.NextBigIdeaLA.com or call Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Suzette Fox at 505-661-4844.