Friday, March 20, 2015

Check this out: Antarctic Art Contest seeks works



Antarctic Art Contest seeks works

 
Anna McKee made this etching, "Firn Ocean," in 2011 with inspiration from an ice core drilled from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Photo by Nancy Hines.
Photo by Nancy Hines
Anna McKee made this etching, “Firn Ocean,” in 2011 with inspiration from an ice core drilled from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Meghan Murphy
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03/16/15
The Antarctic Art Contest is seeking entries of work that explores and interprets Antarctic research and science. The free contest will accept entries from April 1 to July 31, 2015, through its website www.waisartcontest.org.
Winning artwork will travel from Alaska to Antarctica. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the National Science Foundation and research sites in Antarctica will display the artwork. An online gallery will show winning and honorable mention artwork.
The art contest aims to help people explore how both art and science rely on observation and interpretation of the world. The subject of the art contest is an ice core that engineers and scientists drilled from the center of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Scientists are examining the ice core to make new observations and generate new ideas about the last 100,000 years of climate history.
Individuals or groups can take part in the contest. They may enter in one of three divisions — elementary school students, secondary school students or community. Artwork can be in a variety of formats, including visual, written and multimedia. The website also contains a lesson plan that teachers can use with their students.
A team of researchers and educators known as “Velvet Ice” is sponsoring the contest. Other supporting organizations include the National Science Foundation, the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the UA Museum of the North.
ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Erin Pettit, UAF assistant professor of geophysics, at pettit@gi.alaska.edu
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