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"Art of the Small" Competition Celebrates Nanotechnology-Insprired Art

Sponsored by the Nanodermatology Society, this art contest is designed to highlight original work of an artistic nature related to nanotechnology and especially nanotechnology in dermatology. Subject matter can include experimental apparatus, models, simulations, nanomaterials rendered in computer graphics, drawings, 3D art, or video. Submissions from clinicians, scientists, and industry graphical consultants are welcome. Works will be judged for aesthetic content, innovation, and creativity.

Due Dates

  • All entries are due on Feb 15, 2013.
  • Requirements
  • Artist statement of originality--this is an explanation up to 300 words or less describing what inspired the art; you may cut and paste this into the entry form on the entry registration site ( or send a separate email to [email protected]
  • Statement to endorse applicant entry as original. This signed statement should be scanned and saved as a pdf file prior to registering for entry.  
  • Release form with complete contact information--this is part of the registration process on line at
  • Art must meet size limitations for on-line submission, but there is no size limit on the original
  • All entries require a short title for the on-line gallery. Short title is limited to 70 characters for the on-line registration form.

What kind of art is eligible?

All two and three- dimensional art, regardless of category or media, will initially be submitted electronically as 300 dpi jpeg images.  Digital art has separate guidelines. Using the digital submission protocols, the following categories of art will be accepted:

2D AND 3D ARTWORK:  Regarding the initial size limitations on image files for 2 D and 3 D artwork:

All image files for the initial entry should be submitted only as .JPG and be sized to fit on a 20 inch monitor screen.  The file size (in KB or MB) will vary depending on the size of the original artwork and the media in which it was created.  For judging the art, images need to fit on a monitor screen so judges can view it as a whole instead of having to look at parts of it because it is so large.

Later, if the art is selected for an award, then the image file should be submitted to the contest administrator at higher resolution so the art can be printed at the size it was created.  This will vary, but should be between 150 and 300 dpi and generally be 1 MB or larger in size.  When winners are chosen, we’ll need the highest resolution size possible in order to print it for exhibit.

Two Dimensional Art

Entrants can submit two-dimensional art in any media they choose.  One image of the work will be submitted initially at a minimum of 300 dpi resolution.  Viewing size of digital image should be no larger than would fit the screen a standard 20-inch monitor.

Three Dimensional Art

Initially, three different images of the artifact can be submitted, each with a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. Viewing size of the digital image should be no larger than would fit the screen on a standard 20 inch monitor.

Digital Art:

Computer generated art should be no larger than 25 MB in size and is limited to file formats that can be read by standard computer software, including .jpg and .tiff.  Initially, lower resolution files are preferred.

Viewing area for optimal resolution of initial entry should not exceed the screen size of a standard size computer monitor. Original short video productions are eligible.

If you make a video, you must not use copyrighted music in the video.   Videos should not exceed 2 minutes (120 seconds) in length.

Awards and Exhibits

Selected works will be chosen for exhibits at the NDS Annual Meeting in Miami and the NDS web site.  We also expect to award cash prizes and certificates.

  • Top cash award: $250
  • Smaller cash awards
  • Honorable Mention
  • Certificates of Achievement

Evaluation criteria

The entries will be judged on creativity and innovation. Officers of the Nanodermatology Society and members of their families are excluded from participation.

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