Brain Art Competition 2020

The OHBM Brain-Art Special-Interest-Group (SIG) is happy to launch the 2020 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, artists, 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) 2020 Annual Meeting. 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 the 3D submission will be entered as a photo/video this year.
  3. Melpomene: failed attempt / bug / artifact
  4. Special category on Neurodiversity & Hope: To celebrate the rich geographical, ethnic and cultural richness of the OHBM community, we encourage all members to download from this folder their favorite brain outline, and fill it with whichever (colored) pattern or image they like and feel represented by. Please do ensure that patterns/images are in accordance with the OHBM Code of Conduct. There are no limits to the number of submissions per participant, and both team and single-person entries are welcomed.
Note on Licensing: All submissions to the Brain Art Competition 2018 are the artists' own work, and protected under the following Creative Commons license, unless stated otherwise in the work's caption: Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Neuro Diversity


Failed attempt/bug/artifact

2D art (drawings, photos, paintings)


3D Art Video

Harmonic Dissonance: an immersive brain art installation exploring human connectedness Suzanne Dikker, New York University
Extasis Pedro Galusso   
Clear Sight Philip Ruthig, MPI CBS, Uni Leipzig Light-Sheet image of a cleared mouse brain immunohistochemically stained for Neuronal cell bodies and Cell nuclei Copyrighted content: Inside The Human Body E3
Threading Emotions Weaving Reality Holly Warren Threading Emotions Weaving Reality

Memories Lost Holly Warren The brain is the human archive. A wonderful mechanism that selects, catalogues, stores and retrieves experiences as memories. When needed memories are moved, shifted and placed were needed. At times they can jump a line, be overshadowed or blocked ...then there is darkness.
Perivascular spaces Jim Stanis, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California Perivascular spaces (PVS), also known as Virchow-Robin spaces, are fluid-filled structures that accompany vessels entering (penetrating arteries) or leaving (draining veins) the cerebral cortex. Mapping PVS has significant clinical value because it plays a key role in the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid and also clearance of metabolic waste out of the brain. We have built an automated computer-aided technique to accurately map PVS using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was informed by radiology experts for optimization. The video shows 3D rendering of PVS volume across the brain, which can be used to categorize PVS based on their morphology.  
Piece of Mind - Parkinson's Disease Research in Motion Naila Kuhlmann (Piece of Mind Collective), McGill University  
THC Exposure is Reflected in the Microstructure of the Cerebral Cortex and Amygdala of Young Adults Jim Stanis, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California  
BigBrain Slice 25 Celesti Kozub, McGill University Montreal Neurological Hospital Institute
Using NIRS to shine light on the brain Laura Bell, Jana A. Kruppa, Vanessa Reindl, Alexandra Niephaus, Simon H. Kohl, Kerstin Konrad, Child Neuropsychology Section, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany; JARA-Brain Institute II, Molecular Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, RWTH Aachen & Research Centre Juelich  
A Musical Introduction to Mitochondrial Function at Synapses Anusha Kamesh (on behalf of Piece of Mind)

The Developing Brain  Bryce Geeraert, University of Calgary
Thoughts Yi-Ju Lee, Academia Sinica
Who am I? Yi-Ju Lee, Academia Sinica  
Journey of A Neurotransmitter  Anusha Kamesh