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Duke AI for Art Competition

AI-generated art has been trending in the news recently, and +DS is excited to announce the Duke AI for Art Competition. All Duke students, faculty and staff may submit visual art generated via artificial intelligence (AI). The art should be a digital image or video, and should be generated entirely by software run on a computer. +DS in-person learning experiences (IPLEs) are scheduled for January 17 and 22, at which IPLE participants will be taught how AI may be used to generate visual art. Training AI models of the type used for art generation is typically done on a graphical processor unit (GPU). If there is need for access to a GPU, please contact

The deadline for submissions to this competition is midnight (EST) on February 15, 2019, and submissions should be emailed to The submission should consist of the art (typically in the form of a high-resolution pdf file), and also the software that was used to generate it. The generation of the art must be reproducible, by running the submitted software; the software will not be shared beyond the judges.

The prizes for this competition are as follows. First Place: $5000, Second Place: $2500, and Third Place: $1000. The submissions will be judged by faculty from Duke’s Art, Art History & Visual Studies Department, and from the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (Rhodes-iiD). A public event is planned for early March 2019, at which many of the submissions will be displayed, and the first through third-place winners will be asked to give short talks on their art, and how it was produced.