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Students Invited to Enter Art Contest

Theme is Space is Infinite - Explore!; Open to PreK-12 Students Worldwide

Students Invited to Enter Art Contest The Space Foundation invites students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, or equivalent, throughout the world to enter original artwork depicting the theme "Space is Infinite - Explore!" for an opportunity to receive national recognition and to win prizes, and an invitation to attend an awards ceremony at the 28th National Space Symposium next April in Colorado Springs, Colo.

All student entries must be submitted and sponsored by a teacher.* Teachers are encouraged to create competitions within their classes and then submit only the top artwork to the Space Foundation Student Art Contest.

More than 150 students from 13 states entered last year's Space Foundation Student Art Contest and 36 winning works of art were recognized and displayed at the 27th National Space Symposium.

How to participate in the Space Foundation Student Art Contest.
The contest will judge art in three categories - drawing, painting and multimedia - for four different grade categories:

  • PreK-2nd
  • 3rd-5th
  • 6th-8th
  • 9th-12th

All entries must be original, must depict the theme "Space is Infinite - Explore!" and must meet the following criteria:

  • Drawing - entries should be no smaller than 11" x 17" and no larger than 18"x 24". Acceptable media include pencil, charcoal, pen or ink. Artwork can be created in black and white or color.
  • Painting - entries should be no smaller than 11" x 17" and no larger than 18"x 24". Acceptable media include acrylic, water color, pastel, oil paint or poster paint.
  • Multimedia - entries should be no smaller than 11" x 17" and no larger than 18"x 24". Acceptable media include photography, digital art, paint, collage and drawing.

Finished pieces should not be matted or framed. No three-dimensional work will be accepted and all artwork must be able to be hung or displayed on a wall.

All entries will be pre-screened by the Space Foundation artwork committee, which comprises professional marketers and graphic designers. Then, a panel of highly regarded members of the Colorado art community will select first, second and third place finalists from each art category in each age category. From that group of up to 36 winners, the panel will select a single grand prize winner in each age category - for a total of four grand prize winners. New this year for the Space Foundation Student Art Contest, the Space Foundation will present one Achievement Award.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced in early 2012 and will be invited to an awards ceremony at the 28th National Space Symposium, to be held April 16-19, 2012, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. First place and grand prize winners and the Space Foundation Achievement Award winner will be announced at the ceremony.

Winning artwork will become the property of the Space Foundation and will be displayed at the Symposium, and at other venues throughout the year. It will also be posted on Space Foundation websites for the entire year.

The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2012, and artwork received after Jan. 31 will not be considered for this contest. Teachers must submit an Artist Participation Release Form and a Artwork Delivery Form with each piece of artwork.

2011 Space Foundation Student Art Contest Winners Received Global Attention
Digital copies of all 36 of the 2011 art contest winning entries are now orbiting the Earth onboard the International Space Station (ISS) in conjunction with a Japanese program called TERRAHEART. The art traveled on the Space Shuttle Atlantis' final mission to the ISS along with digital images of drawings, paintings, writings and photos created by Japanese students.

All 36 of the 2011 art contest winning entries also will be displayed at the Pikes Peak Library District's Penrose Library branch, located at 20 North Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colo., for one month beginning in late September, leading up to World Space Week in October.

 *Public, private and homeschool teachers may participate.

 

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