Brain-Art Competition

Link to submission form The OHBM Brain-Art Special-Interest-Group (SIG) is happy to launch the 2019 Brain-Art Competition! As for all initiatives of our SIG, this competition aims at fostering the dialog between artists and scientists. We believe that the exchange of ideas and tools between these two disciplines encourages the development of novel approaches to scientific data visualization, and promotes the exploration of different perspectives on human brain structures and functions. Researchers, scientists, and everyone in between: you are all encouraged to submit your original work(s)! There are no limits to the number of submissions per participant, and both team and single-person entries are welcomed. All submitted pieces will be exhibit during the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) 2019 Annual Meeting in Rome. This year submissions will be accepted to the following categories:
  1. Erato: 2D: i.e., digital images such as drawings, photos, paintings
  2. Clio: 3D: i.e., sculptures and installations. Please note that any 3D submission should be entered as a photo then shipped/brought to the Rome - if possibles
  3. Calliope: 1D: i.e., short texts (10000 characters maximum) as short fiction or poetry. Please note that any 1D submissions should be copied and pasted into the text field.
  4. Terpsichore: real-time performance : i.e., any performative act (e.g. singing, dancing, live sketching, etc…). Please note that a one-page max pdf description should be entered at time of submission, then the act should be performed during the conference.
  5. Melpomene: failed attempt / bug / artifact

Submission Deadline: 11:59PM CDT, Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Award Notification: Monday, June 10th, 2019

Submission Form

Continue to the submission form to enter your work into the 2019 competition.


There are no limits to the number of submissions per participant or category; however, each image can only be submitted to a single category. For images, we recommend a minimum of at least 300 dots per inch, and require the following file formats for image submissions: .jpg, .png, .gif. Ideally, images should be sized for an A4 (or 8.5” x 11”) sheet of paper. Maximum file size of 10 MB is appreciated. For videos, we request that you post your video online to, and copy the link into the respective submission field. We ask that your video be a maximum of 5 minutes. If you do not want to make your video public at the time of submission, you can set the 'privacy' for your video to 'unlisted' in youtube, so that the video will only be available to those with the link. Important: All submissions to the Brain Art Competition 2019 should be the artists' own work, and not subject to any copyright violations. Licensing: Submissions will be protected under the following Creative Commons license: Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License Mootus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it the case that all submissions should be for communicating real research/results? Can I just make a pretty picture of a brain??

Submissions will be evaluated based on their aesthetic merit, and not on the underlying data used in the process of their creation. You are free to work with whatever data (or lack thereof) that you choose...

Can work that has not been published in an article, but rather as cover art be submitted? Why can’t published work be submitted to the competition?

Images that have been published are under copyright. Thus, if you created the original image, it can only be submitted if it has been modified from its original published version. We will accept submissions that have undergone even minor modification by the original creator from the published version.

Can I participate in the competition if I will not be attending the conference for the Organization for Human Brain Mapping?

Absolutely! We will contact all winners regardless of their attendance at the conference, and participating in the conference has not effect on the competition.

Why are we asking for the Creative Commons license?

We have previously been contacted by several news agencies and interested individuals, who requested to use the images for both personal use and publications. In order to facilitate distribution, we request your consent for similar sharing in advance.

We are here to encourage and accommodate submission of your artwork.  If there are any concerns, questions, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us using the form below: