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Science As Art

art exhibit at Clemson

Science As Art - An Online Exhibit

Science As Art: A Visualization Challenge

Sometimes, science and art meet in the middle. Visual representations of science and technology provide a valuable connection between scientists, artists, and the general public. Since its inception in 2006, “Science as Art” has challenged those at Clemson University as well as South Carolina high school students to share the powerful and inspiring visual images produced in laboratories, workspaces, and learning environments. The resulting exhibits have drawn the attention of scientists, artists, members of the community and professional organizations.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious... the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Albert Einstein

Clemson University researchers, students, and employees and South Carolina K-12 students are invited to create artwork based on their work in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. By describing STEM concepts, research, and impact with simple terms and visually captivating images, Science as Art aims to attract a broad audience of all ages and encourage interest in these fields.


Science as Art is an outreach event to non-scientists, potential scientists, and the science-curious. Through the visual arts, we hope to draw interest to the STEM fields through visually captivating artwork. Entries should be accompanied by a short descriptive text that explains the science behind the art in terms understandable by a non-scientific audience.

Entries will be judged by a team of local artists and scientists, who consider both the art and the text description. The criteria for judging include:

  • Visual Impact
  • Effective Communication
  • Innovation

Preparing for Submission

Entrants must ensure that interactive media is Windows 7 compatible and is packaged so as to be viewed directly from the medium it is saved to, without special provisions, controllers, scripts, installations or downloads. No proprietary programs can be used. Entrants must be ready to provide entries in a different medium or format if requested for judging or promotional purposes. Entries not submitted in the formats outlined above will be disqualified. All submission materials must be in English. Text descriptions should be no longer than 100 words total.

Entry Formats

  • Photographs/Pictures—Film or digital photographs and photomicrographs, as well as images obtained from electron microscopes, STMs, AFMs, telescopes, sensors, and similar instruments.
  • Illustrations/Drawings/Paintings—Traditional or computer-assisted illustrations and drawings produced to conceptualize the unseen or recreate an object, process or phenomenon (technique). Illustrations and drawings rely primarily on the created image to convey meaning. Illustrations do not have text.
  • Informational/Explanatory Graphics—Computer-assisted illustrations or graphics produced to instruct/interpret highly technical information into art that teaches. An informational graphic is more explanatory by nature and relies heavily on data and often text to convey a message. An informational graphic may incorporate a photographic image or an illustration into the overall presentation in order to convey the intended message. Typically incorporates text as an integral part of the illustration or graphic.
  • Three-Dimensional—Sculpture, origami or other non-2D formats that have scientific, mathematical or technical relevance.
  • Interactive Media—Multimedia designed for interaction. Entry must be able to be manipulated by the judges. The DVD selection menu does not make it interactive media (NOT a movie demonstrating an interactive media). This differs from non-interactive media because it is self-guided.
  • Non-Interactive Media—Multimedia not designed for interaction. Do not exceed 5 minutes total running time.
  • Other—We are always open to new formats, for example, poetry or a combination of media formats. Propose your own new category!
View Gallery

We have so many great pieces in this year's exhibit. Thank you to everyone who voted in our People's Choice Award. Winners for 2020 are noted on the Gallery page.

Artisphere Events

Each year, the exhibit goes on the road to Greenville's Artisphere. Set up in the STEAM Exhibit tent, visitors can view the intricate and beautiful displays of science.

More Information

Lisa Benson
Department of Engineering and Science Education