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Art in Science Contest for K-12 Artists

Pink Palace Museum Art in Science Contest for K-12 Artists

Art has always been an important part of the study of science, from Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings to Audubon’s meticulous biological illustrations.  The Pink Palace is inviting area students to participate in a FREE contest celebrating the intersection of art and science by creating a piece connected to the museum’s programs.  One winner in Elementary, Middle, and High School per topic will be displayed in the Pink Palace Museum’s Education wing starting this summer!

Pick a topic from the following list, and create a work of art based on that theme!  Students are encouraged to come to the museum and use our collections (or photographs you take of them, but please don’ t use flash) as reference material for your image!  The Pink Palace also has relevant passport programs available for checkout to use in your classroom that students may use for reference.  Check out what passports are available at  https://www.memphismuseums.org/pink-palace-museum/programs/passport-program/

Possible topics:

  • Journey to the Poles (Animal Adaptations)
  • Making Sense of my Senses
  • I Dig Dinos/Fossils (Prehistoric Life)
  • Fun with Physical Science
  • Sound Science
  • Light and Color
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Cells and Microscopes
  • Dive into Sharks (animal adaptations)
  • Weather
  • Magic of Science (Static Electricity and the Scientific Method)
  • Learning Labels (Nutrition)

Artworks may be any media, but must be two dimensional and between 9 x 12 and 11 x 17 inches. 

Please include a description of the work that includes the name, school, and grade of the artist, as well as a title and brief explanation of how the piece fits the theme (no more than 250 words).

Click here for registration form.

Please send the registration form to the museum by April 1, and artworks must be submitted by May 25 and judged the next week.  Winning pieces will be installed by June 1.

Questions?  Contact Luke Ramsey at 901.636.2388 or luke.ramsey [at] memphistn [dot] gov

Check out the work of these artists for inspiration:

Leonardo Da Vinci

John James Audubon

Burton Callicott

Matt Chinworth

Owen Gildersleeve

David S. Goodsell

James Gurney

Georgia O'Keeffe

Katie Scott

Ernst Haeckel

Katsushika Hokusai

Sol LeWitt

Charles Darwin

Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Maria Sibylla Merian

Anna Atkins

Charlie Harper

The Cape Dorset Artists Co-op (including Ooloreak  Etungat, Aoudla Pudlat, Cee Pootoogook, and more)

Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Carl Warner

Josh Keyes"



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