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Welcome to Art of Science 2020

--- Note to Exhibition Attendees ---

Given recent events that have exposed, yet again, America’s systemic racism and oppression of black lives, we found it necessary to reflect.

We recognize that issues of systemic racism are widely rampant in our academic communities. While 14% of America’s population is Black, only 7% of our Stanford undergraduate student body, 3% of our graduate student community, and 2% of our faculty are Black.

If we cannot champion change in communities we are directly a part of, how can we ever hope to sustain meaningful national change? 

We somberly remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Dominique Clayton, Atatiana Jefferson, Eric Reason, Botham Jean, Philando Castile, Bettie Jones, Walter Scott, Natasha McKenna, Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Michelle Cusseaux, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Treyvon Martin, and the countless other black lives who have had their dreams extinguished without justice. Rest in Power. 

Black Lives Matter. 

-The Art of Science Team



A record-breaking 132 submissions. 86 unique artists and artist teams across 32 departments. 35 Finalists.






Meet the Judges





Winners from previous Art of Science Competitions


2019 Judge's Choice

2019 People's Choice

2018 Judge's Choice

2018 People's Choice

2017 Judge's Choice

2017 People's Choice

2016 Judge's Choice

2016 People's Choice


Details on submission, exhibition, and judging


Finalists – finalists are chosen by a team of graduate students in the Materials Science and Engineering department. Our curation team carefully balances many factors in finalist selection, such as scientific relevance and artistic aesthetic. As with any artistic endeavor, we understand this process is inherently subjective. We leverage multiple years of experience and a collective review process to make as fair of a selection as possible. We generally have around 100 submissions per year from which we select a subset of finalists. Multiple submissions per artist are allowed, but only one piece per artist can be selected as a finalist.


Exhibition – under normal circumstances, an in-person showcase would be held on Stanford's Campus. Unfortunately, this is not possible for the 2020 Art of Science competition. This year, we have designed a virtual exhibition where people can view the exhibition at their own leisure. The exhibition will open Friday, June 5th around 1 pm PST.  A virtual exhibit viewer will allow attendees to move through a 3D space and view artwork as they would in a gallery. A standard gallery of the submissions will also be available. Videos are unfortunately not supported by the virtual exhibit viewer. Instead, these video submissions will be featured sepearately. We hope you enjoy this virtual format.


Judging – we invite 6-8 judges from the Stanford community to review each year's finalists. An equal number of judges from scientific and artistic disciplines are invited. Judges rank the works based on artistic and scientific vision. As with our curation, each judge brings a unique perspective to the evalution. First, second, and third-place winners are selected based on cumulative rankings. Any ties are decided by discussion between judges. In previous years. we have had shared 2nd or 3rd place winners.


Popular Vote – beyond our official Judge-chosen winners, we also collect votes from everyone in attendance for a popular choice winner. Voting will be conducted using a Google form, where participants can select 1-3 of their favorite pieces. To keep the process fair, we require logging in with a google related email address. We apologize to our international exhibition attendees who might not utilize google email services.