Visual Arts Contest

NeuroART

NeuroART is an opportunity for elementary, middle, and high school students to explore the fascinating field of neuroscience. Students are encouraged to blend scientific knowledge of neuroscience with artistic talent to create a visual arts piece inspired by aspects of the nervous system. Students may use their preferred visual arts medium. All submissions should be titled and may be accompanied by an artistic statement by the student (100 words max) that describes how their work relates to neurosciene. We invite students to explore the complexities of the nervous system and display their artistic skills while supporting the Nurturing Neurons Guild and the Neuromuscular Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The deadline to submit entries is March 14th, 2021.
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We need to play outside, eat healthy food, listen to music and learn new things, as languages to help our bodies and neurons! I can speak two languages, English and Russian. My mom says it helps my brain to grow! I also play musical instruments, as piano and cello! Music can help us to calm! I love to be outside and jump on puddles, go skiing at winter and swim at summer. My daddy says it helps my neurons to build new connections. For healthy food I can eat vegetables, but I learned from one documentary, that dark chocolate is also healthy, so I really love chocolate! I made a picture of a happy and healthy brain of a child! So I do love art a lot! We have to do a lot of things to be smart!

My artwork was inspired by neurology related pictures that I have seen. I noticed that the nerves in the brain resembled certain nebulae in space, such as the crab nebula and the tarantula nebula. I found it fascinating how scientists had managed to learn so much about these things, but they are still so mysterious, and people are still discovering new things about them every day. My art pictures an astronaut floating inside a neural network to show how mystical and unknown the brain is. 

“Reach” is an watercolor/graphite illustration depicting two hands holding out a single, enlarged neuron. The use of color and enlarged size of the neuron shows viewers the importance of neuroscience. I titled this artwork “Reach”, because I believe that with new research society can reach new levels in terms of understanding neurological conditions. This illustration was inspired by the significance of neuroscience in regards to future medicine and research. Neuroscience holds a special place in my heart because there are many individuals in my life who can benefit from new research in this field. Overall, I believe in a future where neuroscience can change the lives of millions throughout the world.

Rules and Regulations

Official Contest Rules

Eligibility:

Students residing and studying in the U.S. in grades 3-12 are eligible to enter the NeuroART Contest.

Registration:

Online registration can be completed here.

All entries must be received by 11:59PM PST on March 14th, 2021. Students are encouraged to complete and upload their submission well in advance.

Only one entry per student is permitted.

Entries must be submitted within one of the two categories:

  1. Elementary School (Grades 3-5)
  2. Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  3. Hight School (Grades 9-12)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The theme of the contest is neuroscience and the nervous system. All artwork should relate to this theme.

All work must fit within the boundaries of an 8.5″ x 11″ page.

Submissions may be created using the visual art medium of choice (e.g., drawings, paintings, photography), provided the submission can be scanned/photographed and uploaded via the submission portal.

Artwork should not contain any personal information about the participant. Students should not include their name, age, or grade on the artwork. Any work that contains personal information as part of the submission is subject to disqualification.

All submissions should be titled and may be accompanied by an artistic statement by the student (100 words max) that describes how their work relates to neuroscience.

In 50-100 words, students should describe their work and how it relates to neuroscience or the nervous system.

 
 
 
 

Submissions will be judged based on scientific accuracy and artistic creativity by a panel of Nurturing Neurons’ volunteers and experts in the field. All judge decisions are final.

The top three winners will be selected in each category. Results will be announced via email and published on the Nurturing Neurons website.

Winners agree to allow Nurturing Neurons and its affiliates to publish their name and artwork in any media, including online.

Prizes:

  1. High School Category:
    • First Place – $2500 worth of one-on-one virtual SAT tutoring sessions with Academic Approach
    • Second Place – Award Certificate
    • Third Place – Award Certificate
  2. Middle School Category:
    • First Place – $105 gift card from Create & Learn
    • Second Place – Youth design workshop (From Sculpture to Scaffolding) via Zoom hosted by Seattle Architect Foundation
    • Third Place – Youth design workshop (From Sculpture to Scaffolding) via Zoom hosted by Seattle Architect Foundation
  3. Elementary School Category:
    • First Place – $100 gift card from Museo Art
    • Second Place – Award Certificate
    • Third Place – Award Certificate
 

Other specific prizes are to be determined and will be announced at a later date. Prizes cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash. All prizes are subject to change without notice.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There is NO registration or entry fee to participate in the NeuroART Visual Art Contest. This contest is open and offered at no cost to all eligible students. The NeuroART Visual Art Contest is an educational and fundraising initiative by the Nurturing Neurons Guild to support the Neuromuscular Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Participants, family, and friends are invited to make a donation to Nurturing Neurons here.

Donations have no bearing on participation, judging, or the outcome of the contest.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

All work submitted must be the original work of the student.

By submitting work to the NeuroART contest, students agree that the work created was their original work based on their own ideas, and was not copied from any other person, business, school, or organization.

Any work that infringes intellectual property rights will be disqualified.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By participating in the NeuroART contest and submitting an entry, participants and their parents or legal guardians grant Nurturing Neurons and its affiliates a license to use, copy, change, display, reproduce, publish, publicly perform, distribute, exhibit, or add to submitted work in any media, including online.

All participants and their parents or legal guardians grant Nurturing Neurons and its affiliates the permission to collect and publish participant’s artwork, name, grade, and other requested information in any media including online media.

This license is perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, and non-exclusive (with the right to sublicense).

A parent or guardian must review the official rules and sign the registration and entry form.

Signature of the student and parent and submission of an entry into the NeuroART Virtual Art Contest constitutes acceptance of all rules, guidelines, and conditions.

Nurturing Neurons reserves the right to disqualify any submission for any reason.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nurturing Neurons and its affiliates, any sponsors of the program and awards, or any of their respective employees, agents or representatives shall not have any obligation or liability whatsoever related to participation in the NeuroART Visual Arts Contest whether the cause is a mistake or is a result of such person’s or entity’s willful or reckless misconduct.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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