What kind of image is
appropriate to submit?
Anything produced in the process
of performing research. Examples
include microscope photographs,
telescope photographs, still
images from video cameras, IR
cameras, high-speed cameras,
simulation results, 3-D
renderings, data plots, and
mathematical visualizations, etc.
In additition, photographs of
physical objects related to
science are eligible. We
solicit original images made
during the scientific process, not
images inspired by
What do you mean by this year's
theme of "Connections?"
Some areas of research involve
obvious "connections." Neural
networks, for example, or the
Internet. In other areas of
research connections are more
nuanced but just as valid. Fractal
patterns in nature, the
deterioration of architectural
monuments due to the effects of
acid rain, bridges, the wake that
a jet of cool air generates as it
passes through a hot flame, a
qubit, the chemical signals than
induce embryonic development.
These all fit into our theme of
How broadly to you
interpret this year's theme?
We interpret this theme broadly – in
fact, so broadly that if you don’t
think this theme applies to your
work please go ahead and submit it
anyway and let us figure out
whether/how it applies to the theme.
In fact, we dare you to come up with
a subject that does not involve
connections in some way shape or
What do you want to know
in the "image/scale" question of
the submission form?
Please let us know what kind of
image it is and how it was created
(computer simulation software?
scanning electron microscope?)
We'd also like to know the
physical scale of the object(s).
Sometimes it is difficult to tell
whether an image is a nanometer
across or a kilometer across. So
it is important that you identify
What do you mean by
We will endeavor to ensure that
all images that make it to the
exhibition are displayed in the
best possible manner, so please
submit the highest resolution
possible of the original image.
Can I submit images in a
format other than JPG?
No. Please submit JPG images. If
you are concerned about
compression artifacts, use "high
quality" settings. If your image
originated in a different format
and converting to JPG causes
visual degredation, please
indicate in the description box on
the submission form that the other
format is available for the
What if I have an image
from a scientific instrument
that is low resolution?
Submit it! If it makes it to the
exhibition we'll print it out in a
suitable size based upon the
resolution and display it along
with the rest of the images.
Can I submit more than
Who is eligible to
This competition is open to the
Princeton University community,
which we mean broadly. This
includes students, staff, faculty,
Just describe your connection in
the "affiliation" part of the
What about alumni? I
graduated from Princeton, am I
eligible to submit?
How did the Art of
Science competition begin?
A group of artists and scientists
from the Princeton University
community got together with the
idea that fostering
between scientists and artists at
Princeton would enrich the
academic experience for everyone.
One goal was to encourage the
engineering and scientific
community to think of their own
work in aesthetic terms. Andrew
Moore, Alex Halderman, Kati Lovasz
and Adam Finkelstein founded the
first Art of Science competition
in 2005, and they were joined by
Perry Cook and Jonathan Harris to
organize the second competition in
Who designed the Art of
Well, actually, we are recycling
the beautiful Art of Science logo
from 2006, which was created by
What if I have a question
that is not answered here?
Please email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions | 2011
Gallery | 2006 Gallery
Design by Jonathan Harris
and Grady Klein.