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Digital Art Competition 2001

Do you like the cover of ODYSSEY this month? Would you like to have your design on next year’s January cover? Then read on!

ODYSSEY is joining with the Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) in Houston, TX, as sponsor of the new "Junior" Division of its Third Annual Science & Technology Digital Art Competition. This one-of-a-kind international art competition in cyberspace invites both professional and student digital artists from around the planet to submit their work on floppy disk, ZIP disk, or CD-ROM in two separate categories: science submissions reflecting subjects related to physics, biology, paleontology, astronomy, geology, and so forth; and technology submissions related to engineering – structures, vehicles, computers, industrial design, etc.

The Junior Division, new to the contest this year, is for ages 10 to 18. Winners will receive cash prizes (First place – $300, Second place – $100, and Third place – $50) and have their work exhibited electronically and on canvas at The Museum of Natural Science in Houston, The TAACCL Gallery (across from Johnson Space Center), and on TAACCL’s Web site at www.taaccl.org. This year’s first-place-winning Junior Division entry in one of the two categories will also appear on ODYSSEY’s January 2002 cover. The winning entry in the other category will appear inside the issue (it will be our choice as to which is which). Artist Pat Rawlings, whose space exploration work has appeared in numerous magazines (including Scientific American and ODYSSEY) as well as in books, on television, and in films, is coordinator of the competition and director of TAACCL’s Digital Image Generation Studio (DIGS). DIGS provides instruction in state-of-the-art software, and allows Rawlings to introduce young artists to the fascinating world of digital design. Regarding the competition, Rawlings says, "The competition is digital in nature to make it international. A competition with digital entries not only eliminates expense, but also ensures that the quality of every entry received, whether on disk or as an e-mail attachment, is as good as the original art." The deadline for this year’s competition is August 2001. Entries must be accompanied by a statement of originality, signed by a parent or teacher. A phone number at the student’s home or current school at time of entry must also be included. Look for more details soon about submitting your work here and at www.taaccl.org under "DIGS".

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