Building a Space Settlement

""Contest now accepting artwork

The National Space Society (NSS) is looking for student artists to create illustrations for the NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement. Submitted artwork should REALISTICALLY illustrate one of this year’s two themes: Asteroid Settlement or Building a Space Settlement. Near the bottom of this page is an example of both themes in a single image.

"Building a Settlement" challenges students to think about how humans will build either orbital space settlements or surface settlements that are on or beneath the surface of the Moon or Mars. What tools and equipment will be used? How will astronauts do the physical building? Will scaffolding be needed? Then, students should take their ideas and interpret them into original works of visual art that depict the actual construction of their settlement.

All full-time students at any grade level between the ages of 12 and 25 are eligible.

Original artwork from entries submitted to the NSS/NASA Space Settlement Design Contest(including previous years) is especially encouraged.

Deadline  

The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2014 (11:59 pm Universal Time).

Our goal is to have winners announced by April 1, 2014.

Requirements

Prizes

One piece of art will be awarded the Grand Prize for being the best artwork overall.

Up to 12 (twelve) entries will be selected as First Prize recipients from different grade level categories. These include grades 5-8, 9-12, undergraduate, and graduate.

Other additional pieces of art may be selected for Honorable Mention.

All accepted entries will receive certificates of participation. All winning entries will receive certificates of merit and the following prizes (more prizes may be added to this list during the contest).

The Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Publication on the cover of the National Space Society magazine, Ad Astra
  • An award certificate at the annual International Space Development Conference
  • Complimentary registration to the 2014 International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, California (does not include travel, accommodations, meals, etc.)
  • 1 year complimentary membership in the National Space Society, including a subscription toAd Astra magazine
  • 5 complimentary copies of the Ad Astra magazine the art work is featured on
  • Publication in a future National Space Society Space Settlement Calendar (if published), including being a finalist for the cover art for such calendar
  • 5 complimentary copies of any future Space Settlement Calendar featuring the work
  • Publication on the NSS website "Winner’s Gallery" for this contest
  • Possible publication in the various forms of web, banners, posters, brochures, and/or otherNSS Roadmap to Space Settlement publications

Each First Prize winner will receive:

  • 1 year complimentary membership in the National Space Society, including a subscription toAd Astra magazine
  • Publication in a future National Space Society Space Settlement Calendar (if published)
  • 2 complimentary copies of any future Space Settlement Calendar featuring the work
  • Publication on the NSS website "Winner’s Gallery" for this contest
  • Possible publication in the various forms of web, banners, posters, brochures, and/or otherNSS Roadmap to Space Settlement publications

Any Honorable Mention winners will receive:

  • 1 year complimentary membership in the National Space Society, including a subscription toAd Astra magazine
  • Possible publication in a future National Space Society Space Settlement Calendar
  • A complimentary copy of any future Space Settlement Calendar featuring the work
  • Publication on the NSS website "Winner’s Gallery" for this contest
  • Possible publication in the various forms of web, banners, posters, brochures, and/or otherNSS Roadmap to Space Settlement publications

Winning artwork will be displayed and viewed by the public and space professionals from around the world at the International Space Development Conference and at other possible venues throughout the year. The works of art accepted to the NSS Space Settlement Art Contest will be on public display in the NSS Gallery of Submitted Space Settlement Art.

nsshq@nss.org

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