Kestrel LannonNorth Carolina State Universitykrlannon@ncsu.edu
Heather OlsonNorth Carolina State Universityheather_olson@ncsu.edu
* Also, read about the 2010 winners and the 2011 contest. *
Art in Phytopathology is a competition sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) at the annual APS meeting. The competition was started to give APS members an opportunity to showcase their creativity and artistic talent, and since its inception in 2002, hundreds of outstanding works of art have been displayed.
Forty-one works of art were entered into the 2009 competition and were featured in a PowerPoint presentation at the opening ceremony of the APS annual meeting in Portland, OR. The artwork included photographs of diseased plants, mushrooms, and fungal structures; scanning electron micrographs; digitally-altered pictures; pen-and-ink drawings; oil and acrylic paintings; jewelry; and pottery. The top three winners were awarded cash prizes provided by the GSC.
1. (tied) Venkatesan Parkunan and Chuanxue Hong (Virginia Tech) for "Shapes of Zoosporangia"
2. (tied) Venkatesan Parkunan and Chuanxue Hong (Virginia Tech) for "Colored Sporangia of Phytophthora inundata"
3. Chakradhar Mattupalli (University of Wisconsin) for "Macroconidia of Fusarium virguliforme"
4. Glafera Janet B. Matanguihan (Washington State University) for "Tilletia AFLP"
5. Lisa Beirn (Rutgers University) for "Mushroom Mound"
6. Monica Levandowski (The Ohio State University) for "Kaleidoscope of Color Break"
7. Daniel Anco (The Ohio State University) for "The Spirit of Plant Pathology Sleeps with One Eye Open"
Kestrel Lannon (North Carolina State University) for "Fusopthora Parfait"
Sarah Dossey (Washington State University) for "Postharvest Diseases of Onion"
Daniel Anco (The Ohio State University) for "Today's Forecast: Showers with a chance of infection"
"I consider Art in Phytopathology to be a unique competition which gives plant pathologists an opportunity to look at pathogens and diseases from an artistic perspective," commented Chakradhar Mattupalli, University of Wisconsin. "I feel art is everywhere. Even a chlorotic leaf can represent an artist's palette by its display of myriad colors. Personally, I enjoyed sending my entries for the contest, and I am happy that APS has such a creative contest." Daniel Anco, The Ohio State University remarked, "I enjoy the Art in Phytopathology contest because it is a way to creatively convey or combine concepts and examples from plant pathology in a way that may be aesthetic and/or tangential. In general, art is attractive because it needs not necessarily adhere, resulting in a sometimes surprising amount of variation/uniqueness. Plus, being in the context of a prominent professional society, it is interesting to see what other people have done."
Select entries received for the 2009 Art in Phytopathology competition.
“Colored sporangia of Phytophthora inundata arranged in floral pattern” by Venkatesan Parkunan and Chuanxue Hong
“Globodera pallida” by Zareen Dossey
“Bunt Harvest” by Glafera Janet Matanguihan
“Fusophthora Parfait” by Kestrel Lannon
“Today’s Forecast: Showers with chance of infection” by Daniel Anco
“Macroconidia of Fusarium virguliforme” by Chakradhar Mattupalli
“Postharvest diseases of onion” by Sarah Dossey
For the 2010 competition, amendments have been made to the categories and judging criteria for entries, so different art forms can be judged separately. Entries will compete in one of six categories: Microscopy, Whole Plant/Nature, Digitally Altered, Wacky/Humor, Crafts, and Art. The entries will be judged on Creativity/Originality, Aesthetic Value, Technical Merit, Color/Shade, and relatedness to Phytopathology. Entries can earn up to 10 points for each criteria for a total of 50 points. The winner in each category will receive $50 and an extra $50 will be awarded to the "Best in Show."
Please take this opportunity to introduce your colleagues to your unique creative talents! Enter the 2010 Art in Phytopathology contest! All APS members are welcome to submit artwork, and graduate student participation is especially encouraged. The GSC will present awards to the top entries, and all entries will be featured in a PowerPoint presentation during the opening ceremonies at the 2010 APS meeting in Charlotte, NC.
Official Rules for Entry: Submissions will only be accepted in a digital format. Entries must be in jpeg format with a minimum of 300 dpi. Two‐ or three-dimensional art must be scanned or digitally photographed for online submission. Art in any medium is welcome. All artwork must be original, related to the general theme of plant disease, and have been created by a current member of APS. Each entrant may submit up to three pieces. APS reserves the right to use, reproduce, or publish submitted artwork. A slideshow of the digital entries will be displayed at the 2010 APS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC, and posted on APSnet after the meeting. Entrants should not bring artwork to the meeting.
To Enter: Send your artwork as an e‐mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following in your email: Full name, job title, employer address, title of your artwork, permission for APS to reproduce or publish your submission, and a brief description of your artwork (include medium, dimensions, what the art depicts, etc).
Entries must be submitted by July 1, 2010. If you have any questions, please send them to email@example.com.