Call for entries – “SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: The BRAIN” exhibition – deadline 24 August 2014

16th international art-sci juried exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. will be held at the New York Hall of Science October 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015

LAUNCHING… International Open Call !


We have entered the era of “Big Neuroscience.” The goal of the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative in the USA is to map the activity of every neuron in the human brain, and the mission of the European Union’s HBP (Human Brain Project) is to construct realistic simulations of the human brain – they are the biggest scientific challenges of the 21st century.

Propelled by MRI and fMRI imaging technologies, scientists are already discovering fundamental mechanisms of brain function that will ultimately create a more complete understanding of what it means to be human. These “heady” times for neuroscience are also having a domino effect in the arts. Artists have long reflected upon the nature of perception, memory, and emotion to create new works. But recent breakthroughs in understanding the brain, accompanied by its visualizations, are also sparking the imaginations of artists around the world. And recently, a young neuroscientist who was so enamored with the beauty of the brain’s neurons and synapses has created a successful career in the arts as a painter!

Separately, and often in collaboration with neuroscientists, artists are using abstract thinking, imagination, and visual perception to respond to new discoveries in brain science. Sometimes, they are spurred by neural maladies that have touched them personally, such as color blindness and dyslexia, or the more serious impacts of brain damage from injury, epilepsy, Alzheimers, autism, and schizophrenia, among others.

A new openness from science practitioners and a desire for public engagement with their research findings, has created a plethora of recent art+neuroscience activities including: the new scientific field of Neuroaesthetics; “The Beautiful Brain: Art and Science of the Human Mind” online forum; The Interalia Magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences, and consciousness; “Neuroscience Art” exhibitions mounted at The Society of Neuroscience annual meetings; and a 2014 production of a planetarium journey, the NEURODOME, that utilizes the data visualization tools of astronomy to depict high-resolution imagery of the brain.

With this exhibition, “SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: The Brain,” Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) and the New York Hall of Science, want to display the aesthetic results of human curiosity about the brain (human or other). We seek stunning, two-dimensional images of original art (executed in any visual media), inspired or informed by any aspect of the brain or new discoveries in neuroscience.

August 24………. Entry Deadline
September 3…… Notification of selections
October 3……….. Art must arrive at museum
October 11……… Exhibition Opens at museum
March 29, 2015… Exhibition Closes at museum