Science Friday Reads Stephen Hawking
Digital Publication, Education
2018-07-13 06:59:00.000000Z - 2018-08-04 06:59:00.000000Z
Science Friday has been a trusted name in science journalism for over 25 years, bringing current and compelling science stories to an international audience of millions through public radio, podcast, video, digital, social, events, and educational programming. They're brain fun, for curious people.
This summer, Science Friday is inviting their audience to join them in a re-reading of Stephen Hawking’s popular non-fiction book A Brief History of Time. They’ll be stepping through black holes and wading through fundamental particle soup with young and diverse physicists, authors, artists, and dancers as their docents. Their hope is that the uninitiated will glimpse Hawking’s mind-bending vision of the universe and lean in.
And they want your help.
“We’re looking for artists who can help us inspire the next generation of theoretical physicists, mathematicians, and science communicators by interpreting Hawking’s vivid depictions of the universe with art.
We’ve selected some of Hawking’s most enlightening and concise analogies, explainers, and thought-experiments from A Brief History of Time. We will select and work with six artists to represent these concept-quotes with a high-contrast, simple, color-rich illustrations. Selected artists will receive $400, and their finished works will appear with the inspiring quote on sciencefriday.com and a linked credit to the artist’s portfolio website. Works will be shared and promoted to Science Friday’s social media, newsletter, educator, student, and live event audiences through August and September 2018 and will appear in a free K-12 classroom lesson plan distributed to thousands of educators nationwide for free educational use.”
The commissioned images must appeal to a general audience that includes minors, elderly, incarcerated, non-English-speaking, and laypersons, as well as science enthusiasts whose first encounter with Stephen Hawking may be with your art in a tweet on their phone.
Sample Hawking Thought-Experiment Quote:
“Consider a pair of twins. Suppose that one twin goes to live on the top of a mountain while the other stays at sea level. The first twin would age faster than the second. Thus, if they met again, one would be older than the other. In this case, the difference in ages would be very small, but it would be much larger if one of the twins went for a long trip in a spaceship at nearly the speed of light. When he returned, he would be much younger than the one who stayed on earth...In the theory of relativity, there is no unique absolute time, but instead each individual has his own personal measure of time that depends on where he is, and how he is moving.”
How to Enter:
Click the SUBMIT button above.
- Three portfolio works that capture your approach to high-contrast, simple, color-rich illustrations and/or animations that convey a topic or concept to a general audience
- Artist statement
- Link to website or portfolio
Only complete submissions will be approved.
• 6 artists will be selected to create an original illustration that depicts a mind-blowing Stephen Hawking quote about the universe, space, time, gravity, black holes, etc. in their own unique style to size and resolution specs on a three-week turnaround.
• Selected artists will receive $400 and have their work appear alongside the inspiring quote and an artist’s statement on sciencefriday.com. The gallery and selected images will be promoted in Science Friday’s social media, newsletters, educational materials, and radio program.
Submissions will be reviewed by Science Friday’s editorial team & Ello curatorial teams and announced on the Artist Invite. We're excited to see your work, share it, and work together to make more science-lovers.
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