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Space Art and Culture Competition bannerSpace, Art, and Culture Competition

Opens March 5, 2021

Closes: April 3, 2021, 5pm

Winners Announced: April 6, 2021

Online Submission Form

In conjunction with the opening of the virtual art exhibition, Canto III by internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal at San Jose State’s Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, students from across the university are invited to submit innovative designs for a cubesat, a small scale satellite 10x10x11 centimeters in dimension, in any medium. 

Opening April 6, 2021, the Canto III virtual exhibition will feature a small scale satellite designed by Wafaa Bilal. Canto III mimics the form of a 1994 monument to Sadaam Hussein, designed by members of the Ba’ath party in Iraq, who intended one day to send a golden bust of the ruler into space orbit. Bilal’s satellite is both an anti-monument to Hussein, a protest commentary on Middle East politics, and a provocative exploration of national identity. 

The virtual exhibition will feature works from Wafaa Bilal’s 20 year artistic career, designs for the satellite, literature related to the project, and digital materials collected from the Iraqi-American community. 

You will submit:

A design for a small scale satellite 10x10x11 centimeters in dimension, in any medium.
A 500 word max description on the motivation or inspiration for your design.

Contest dates: 

Opens March 5, 2021

Closes: April 3, 2021, 5pm

Winners Announced: April 6, 2021

Prizes:  1st place, $200    2nd place, $150    3rd place, $100

Online Submission Form

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