Contestants will use computer parts to build beautiful art at TSTC in Abilene

July 25, 2012 by  
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For artist wannabes who find paint and brushes daunting, how about using needle-nose pliers, a soldering gun, duct tape and nails instead?

This list might sound appropriate for a fix-it-yourself project, but the items actually are some of the accepted tools and materials for the inaugural Geek Art Contest.

The competition, a joint effort of Texas State Technical College West Texas, The Center for Contemporary Arts and The Grace Museum, invites members of the public to take their creativity techno, using parts of obsolete computers to craft a 3-D work of art.

There are prizes for the top pieces, including two $250 TSTC scholarships.

TSTC has a variety of programs that tie into the project — digital arts, digital media, computer networking and computer sciences. but the contest isn’t limited to TSTC students. It’s open to anyone 18 and older.

Contestants will have three-hour blocks on each of three consecutive days — from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — to go to the TSTC computer lab at 650 E. Highway 80 and work on their pieces of art.

A complete list of acceptable tools and supplies can be found at www.tstc.edu/events/geekart. The rules and registration can be found there, too. Registration closes at noon Tuesday. The entries will be judged at noon Friday at TSTC.

Janyth Ussery, associate vice president of enrollment management at TSTC, approached The Center about working together on this project, said Burgess “Bird” Thomas, curator of “fun learning experiences” at The Center.

Ussery had some old computers that needed to be discarded and she came up with an unusual way to recycle those computer parts.

“It was one of those middle of the night things,” Ussery said of her idea. “It’s a unique way to partner up and have an interesting art event.”

Darla Harmon, executive director of The Center for Contemporary Arts, said the artists gallery has partnered with TSTC on many other projects, and she is excited to see what the competitors will create.

Submissions will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at The Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress, during the monthly ArtWalk. The pieces will be available for sale at that time.

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