The Space Foundation's International Student Art Contest was launched in 2011 to inspire children around the world to envision the possibilities and adventures to be found in space.
The contest quickly grew from 150 entries the first year -- mostly from the Space Foundation's home state of Colorado -- to more than 7,200 entries from 52 countries. The contest was created by the Space Foundation's Director of Marketing, Nancy Reed, who, as an artist herself, understood the excitement of creating original artwork for competition in a contest.
The student art contest opens in August each year, with a call for entries, which are accepted until November. There is a featured theme, multiple age categories for students and various types of media categories, such as crayon, pastel, paint, water color, pencil and digital design. The Space Foundation uses a multi-tiered judging process to make the final selections. Four to six judges are selected each year for their expertise in the areas of children's art, commercial art, fine art and space art.
The contest has received wide recognition in the media, and twice was featured in Japan's Terraheart program, when a DVD loaded with images of the winning artwork was sent to the International Space Station. Two images of winning artwork were bounced off the Moon as part of the OPTICKS project, managed by Astronomers Without Borders, located in Holland, using a radio telescope.
The Space Foundation's International Student Art Contest needs sponsorship in order to continue. Please help keep this inspiring contest alive with your sponsorship support. For details, please contact the Space Foundation Philanthropy department at [email protected].