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Digital art contest opens for U.S. immigrants

Seeking to recognize the contributions of immigrants to the United States, the Vilcek Foundation today launched its third annual dARTboard Call for Entries in Digital Art.

Open to foreign-born new media artists living permanently in the United States, the contest is seeking examples of online art, mobile apps as well as new media environments. The award offers an honorarium of $5,000.

Previous winners include Marc Böhlen and Irina Danilova whose 'Constellations' (pictured) sought to connect ancient star-patterns with the modern, digital world of ultra-connectivity.

Submissions will be reviewed by an expert in the field, and the chosen artist's work will be exhibited on the dARTboard at Vilcek.org in early 2014. Applicants must be foreign-born, permanent U.S. residents (green card holders) or naturalized U.S. citizens.

The Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia, and was inspired by their respective careers in science and art history.

"The dynamism and creativity of immigrant artists in the United States, mirroring the constantly shifting plane of new media arts, itself, drives our efforts to venture again into the realm of digital art," said executive director Rick Kinsel. "We look to the next cycle of this exciting initiative to attract the talents and vision of foreign-born artists who are leading the way into the future of new media arts."