SEDS Space Art Contest

Dissecting NGC4414 space art
Dissecting NGC4414 by Jim Plaxco

While attending the ISDC (International Space Development Conference) in Dallas, the organization Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) announced the creation of their All-Student Space Art Competition. It's great to see another pro-space organization sponsoring a space art contest, especially one that is geared towards students.

Following is the text of their press release:

Subject: All-Student Space Art Competition
Friday May 25th 2007
International Space Development Conference

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) today formally announced the formation of a nation-wide all-student space art contest. This competition which is open to current students in high school or college, challenges our students to depict their vision of humanity's short term future in space. These 2 dimensional pieces of art should fall into one of three categories:

  • Space Exploration Systems – Art pieces in this category should depict a spacecraft (manned or unmanned), a space station, or space launch system in the near future.
  • Life in the Final Frontier – This category challenges space artists to depict what life in space will be like. What will a supermarket on an Asteroid colony look like? Where will kids on the first Mars colony play? What will sports in the Zero Gravity of space look like?
  • First Contact – We all know in our hearts that first contact with alien life will happen someday. For this category, depict how and where first contact will happen. Will it be through the camera of an unmanned probe? Or an Astronaut stumbling into a lava tube biosphere? Will the life be green algae on a rock or little gray men?

There will be several large prizes for the winners of each category, as well as a Grand Prize for the overall best submitted artwork. Finalists will be offered display opportunities at the Space Vision 2007 conference at MIT in November

Submissions will be accepted on the contest website, starting June 1st and ending September 1st 2007. The artwork will be judged by leaders from both governmental and private space industries.

For further information on the competition (including rules, prizes, and general information) all parties should visit the competition website:

Unfortunately the web site is not active as of this writing (June 03) so more information is not yet available. I am looking forward to poring over the artwork that is submitted to the contest.

Ad Astra, Jim

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