Astronomical Inspiration: Blue Ridge Public Radio Announces Solar Eclipse Science-Art Competition

Apr 7, 2017

Let the upcoming total solar eclipse inspire the artist in you!

The Eclipse Science-Art Competition Deadline has been extended to June 15!

On the afternoon of August 21, 2017, a giant shadow will sweep across North America – the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States since 1979 and the first to run from sea to shining sea since 1918.  

Western North Carolina is situated in the path of totality and hotels and viewing spots are quickly selling out.   In preparation for the astronomical event, Blue Ridge Public Radio is hosting a science-art competition for middle, high school, and community college students in the region. The contest is the result of a “science as art” brainstorming session between BPR’s Helen Chickering,  Art & Science in the Field’s Nancy Lowe and Astronomer, Educator and Author, Stephan Martin.   

About the contest:

What: A juried competition for works of art about the solar eclipse for middle school students, high school students, and community college students in Western NC and Upstate SC.  We invite  middle school, high school, and community college students in Western NC and Upstate SC to use your creativity to inspire people to view the eclipse (safely) and to understand more about what is happening during a solar eclipse.

When:  Now! The deadline has been extended to June 15

Who: The contest is open to students in NC counties of Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey and students in SC counties of Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, and Greenville.

The following prizes will be awarded:
Middle School – Visual Art, Sculpture, Poetry ($100 each) and Grand Prize ($300)
High School – Visual Art, Sculpture, Poetry, ($100 each) and Grand Prize ($300)
Community College – Visual Art, Sculpture, Poetry ($100 each) and Grand Prize ($300)

Winning artworks will be displayed at the Blue Ridge Public Radio studios, Asheville Museum of Science, and Pisgah Astronomical Research  Institute (PARI).

To learn more about the contest click here and to apply for this juried art-science competition, download the application.

Thanks to the American Astronomical Society Julena Steinheider Duncombe Mini-Grants program for making this project possible.