October 18, 1999

Students Invited to Compete in "Power Art" Contest

UPTON, NY-To celebrate the new millennium, children in grades four to eight are invited to enter an art contest on energy sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Students on Long Island, where the DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory is located, will compete with others around the country for up to $250 in savings bonds and a trip to Washington, D.C.

"The Power Art Competition will challenge young artists to develop artwork that relates to the history of energy technologies, how power will shape the 21st Century, or the impact of energy in our daily lives," said Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson. The contest will encourage America's children to explore science and technology, helping them prepare for a future when those areas of knowledge will be ever more important.

Contestants are asked to submit art that illustrates the theme: "Energy Millennium-Honor the Past, Imagine the Future," depicting human energy use from the dawn of time and as far into the future as the young artists can imagine.

The "Power Art" contest is open to U.S. students in grades four to eight and will be judged in two categories: grades 4 to 6 and grades 7 to 8. Entrants will create posters, no larger than 20 inches by 30 inches, and submit them with a registration form (taped to the back) by November 1, 1999. The only restriction on medium is that it must be flat, not three-dimensional.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity (25%), originality (25%), and relevancy to the theme: "Honor the Past, Imagine the Future" (50%). Cary F. Staller, Mayor of the Village of Old Field, New York, and member of the Board of Directors of the Stony Brook University Foundation and the Friends of Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University, will be one of the judges.

The top three artists in each category will receive U.S. Savings Bonds, ($250 to the first place winner, $150 to the runner up, and $100 to the honorable mention). First place winners will also win a paid trip, accompanied by a school chaperon, to Washington, D.C., in December 1999, to receive their prizes during a ceremony opening the Millennium Young Artists Show at DOE Headquarters. This exhibit will feature the top 100 entries, and will travel to major sites in Illinois, Oregon and New York.

Entries must be received by November 1, 1999. Send entries to:
U.S. Department of Energy
Attention: "Power Art" Contest
P.O. Box 901
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585

The Parish Art Museum in Southampton will be distributing contest information to a number of interested students in the Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellport are also encouraging entries. And Brookhaven National Laboratory invites participation from all Long Island students.

For further information about the rules, registration forms and/or a teaching guide, please log onto the DOE website at: http://home.doe.gov/powerart/power.htm or telephone at 202 586-1908.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and
government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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