International Science + Engineering Visualization Challenge!

“Science and Engineering’s Most Powerful Statements are Not Made From Words Alone”

Well, here at the biocreativity blog, we couldn’t agree more! That means it’s time for the National Science Foundation and Science Magazine‘s 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. This year’s Challenge opened on June 1st, to celebrate “the grand tradition of science visualization and to encourage its continued growth”. Since 2003, this contest has gathered some of the best scientific visualizations including photography, illustration, posters + graphics, video and now games + apps from an international pool of artist-scientists.

Microbe vs. Mineral – A Life and Death Struggle in the Desert. Credit: Michael P. Zach, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 2009 Honorable Mention.

“Some of science’s most powerful statements are not made in words. From DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man to Rosalind Franklin’s X-rays, science visualization has a long and literally illustrious history. To illustrate is to enlighten! Illustrations provide the most immediate and influential connection between scientists and other citizens, and the best hope for nurturing popular interest. They are a necessity for public understanding of research developments.” -NSF International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge


The Glass Forest. Credit: Mario De Stefano, The Second University of Naples. 2008 First Place Photography.

Do you have a great science visualization you’d like to enter? The Challenge is open until September 28th, and you can make your entry via the online entry form!

Open Call: EcoHealth 2012 Art Competition

Hello readers! Here’s a message from the journal EcoHealth, with an open call to submit to their 2012 International Art Competition:

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EcoHealth proudly announces our 2nd Biennial International Art Competition. We would like to extend an open invitation to students, graphic artists, and any other interested individuals to participate. Artwork should exemplify the IAEH mission: To strive for sustainable health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems by promoting discovery, understanding, and transdisciplinarity.

The top nominees will be displayed during the biennial EcoHealth 2012 conference in Kunming, China from October 15-18, 2012. The first, second, and third place awards will be decided during this event. Artwork will be judged upon its relevance to the mission of our organization and winners will have a chance to be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of EcoHealth.

The deadline for submission is April 01, 2012!

1st Prize: $1,000 and one-year subscriptions to the print-version of the journal EcoHealth
2nd Prize: $500 and one-year subscriptions to the print-version of the journal EcoHealth
3rd Prize: $250 and one-year subscriptions to the print-version of the journal EcoHealth

For more information, and submission instructions, please visit

To see the artists statements from the 2010 winners displayed above, please visit:

Nominations Open for 2012 Bloggie Awards

The nomination period for the 12th Annual Weblog Awards (AKA the “bloggies”) is currently open. If any of you readers want to nominate, say…..your favorite biocreative blog….well, feel free! There are some great art-science blogs out there, including those listed on the right-hand side of this page.

The deadline for nominations is January 15th.

Nature Art Residency in India: Call for Applications

I came across an interesting opportunity for you biocreative types out there! A three-week long residency in India to create works of art using natural objects from the residency site near Mahagoan. Selected artists will visit from mid-November to the first week of December and will be provided with housing and meals, and some funding for travel. Applications are accepted until October 20, 2011.

“The purpose of the residency is to create a common platform for artists from different geographical and cultural backgrounds to converge and  create an art centric environment through these intercultural exchanges.”

For more information, please visit: ARTINNATURE: Call for Application- Nature Art Residency,Nov-Dec 2011.