Deadline for all submissions is Oct. 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm U.S. EDT.

Note – Only 2 submissions total by the same participant are permitted.
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Agar Art Contest Update for 2020

Agar Art is one of our favorite activities here at the ASM. In past years, we’ve watched as participants have unleashed all of their creativity and expertise to design breathtaking works of art. And we want to continue to encourage and support these efforts. But this year, Agar Art (like everything else) will be different.
 
Recognizing the safety issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the current difficulty of accessing supplies, resources and especially laboratories, we’ve decided to open things up a bit for the contest. We will now allow participants to utilize a broad range of media to create their artwork. Check out the “Open” category to learn more about this new twist to the contest. That being said, if you’re able to safely access laboratory equipment and resources, you can still enter the contest by submitting your entry under the “Traditional” category.
 
As always, our goal with the Agar Art contest is to showcase the creativity of our members and to engage the public with the microbial sciences on social media. We think that keeping the contest going this year will help maintain a sense of normalcy, while also providing a small diversion from the heavy daily burden of COVID-19. We hope that you will consider submitting.


Key Dates

Oct. 23, 2020: Submission deadline.

Nov. 4-13, 2020: People's Choice voting on Facebook.

Nov. 20, 2020: Winners announced.


Questions? Contact communications@asmusa.org.

What Is 'Agar Art'?

Have you ever seen art created in a petri dish using living, growing microorganisms? That's agar art! Creators use either naturally colorful microbes, like the red bacteria Serratia marcescens, or genetically modified microbes, like the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae transformed with violacein genes, as 'paint' and various types, shapes and sizes of agar as a 'canvas.' In fact, the original agar artist was none other than Alexander Fleming himself!
 
In 2015, ASM launched the ASM Agar Art Contest to share the beautiful and diverse world of microbes with the public. Submissions from past years of the contest have been featured worldwide:

Agar Art at Home

Interested in creating your own traditional Agar Art entry for this year’s contest? Edvotek® has created DIY at-home kits specifically for this year’s contest! Visit their website to check out what they have to offer.

 

ASM Agar Art Contest 2018, 1st Place. "The battle of winter and spring," Ana Tsitsishvili, Undergraduate Student, Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.
ASM Agar Art Contest 2018, 1st Place. "The battle of winter and spring," Ana Tsitsishvili, Undergraduate Student, Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.

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