Digital Artist Jim Plaxco Judges Art for NASA

April 18, 2008

Digital artist Jim Plaxco was selected to serve as a judge in the NASA Life and Work on the Moon Art Contest. This space art contest is sponsored by the NASA Advanced Planning and Partnership Office at Langley Research Center with submissions limited to full time students. The theme for the art contest is art which depicts people living and working on the Moon. The winning art will be displayed online and in NASA facilities and museums around the country. The top cash award is $1,000.00 with additional smaller cash prizes for each of the categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional and digital.

Final judging for the contest, which began accepting submissions in October 2007, is to be completed in the coming weeks. Judges were asked to grade the artist’s submissions based on four different criteria: artist statement; artistic elements; creativity; validity.

"I really enjoyed the experience of being a judge in the contest. The last contest I had an opportunity to judge was the NSS Space Settlement Art Contest which ended in January (2008). Every artist should take a crack at being a judge in an art contest. It is one thing to look at a work of art and say “Oh I like that” and quite another thing to analyze the picture’s composition and artistic elements with the goal of assigning a grade to the art. The process can be very instructive."

The winning entries in the contest will be announced in the coming weeks.

For further information and/or interviews, contact Jim Plaxco.