2022 Duke AI for Art Competition

Using algorithms to generate art promotes deeper understanding of the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the visual and media-based world around us and provokes inquiry into the endeavor and humanity behind creativity. In this spirit, the Duke Center for Computational Thinking (CCT) is excited to announce the 2022 Duke AI for Art Competition. All Duke University students, faculty and staff may submit artworks generated by artificial intelligence methods, systems, networks and algorithms.

We encourage people from any discipline or field to participate, regardless of prior experience.

Submission details

The deadline for submissions to this competition has been extended to midnight (EST) on Friday February 25, 2022. Submissions must be made through this form.

While submissions are encouraged from all varieties of artistic medium the final work must be submitted in the form of one or more digital images. Submissions must be formatted as digital image files in PNG format with a resolution of 4096 pixels in the largest dimension. The artwork must be entirely generated by artificial intelligence software running on a computer. Submissions must be accompanied by a statement outlining both the conceptual foundation of the work and the specific technical methods employed in the creative process. Submission statements must cite the source of any art used to seed the entry, and reference the source of any software that was not created directly by the submitting individual/team. Submissions must also include the software that was used to generate it, or a link to the software in an online format. The generation of the art must be reproducible, by running the submitted software. Students are encouraged to submit works that have been previously developed in courses or projects; please provide a description of the development and make sure to acknowledge any collaborators.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded. The submissions will be judged by Duke Visual Art Faculty, Research Computing staff and external AI Researchers. Competition winners will present their artworks at the Center for Computational Thinking Symposium on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Each award winner will give a short talk on the process, methods and final outcomes of the artwork.

Send any competition questions to Professor Augustus Wendell at augustus.wendell@duke.edu.

Learning opportunities

Learn about the methods of art generated by artificial intelligence methods, systems, networks and algorithms.

On January 20 from 4-5:30pm a CCT virtual learning experiences (VLE) was held with faculty in conversation exploring the shared domains of visual art, generative creative algorithms and artificial intelligence systems. On January 27 from 4-5:30pm a more technical VLE was held, at which participants were taught how existing AI methods may be used to generate visual artworks.

You can view these learning experiences on the CCT's YouTube channel.

Pre-registration (optional)

We also encourage potential participants to express their interest through pre-registration (although this is not required).