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Due to road closures related to the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure event downtown, the parking garage under Dorrian Green park next to COSI will open at approximately 9:50am. Please note that heavier than normal traffic is expected throughout the downtown area from 7:30am-10:30am.

COSI Art Contest

Fantastic Flyers Art Contest Fantastic Flyers Art Contest

Imagine a creature, the size of a giraffe, having the wingspan and ability to take flight. Can you picture it? What if such a creature existed? Pterosaurs were such flying reptiles that lived among dinosaurs more than 220 million years ago. Neither bat nor bird, pterosaurs were the first and largest vertebrae ever to successfully take flight due to their elongated fourth finger and hollow bones. Fossil tracks also showed pterosaurs to have the ability to walk on all four limbs by tucking away their wings.

What do you think a pterosaur would look like today? Your task is to imagine, create, and illustrate your own interpretation of a flying creature. What is the name of your flying creature? What does it look like? Where does it live? What does it eat? Does it have any predators? Whatever the idea for your creature, it must be able to fly and have the ability to walk on its wings, similar to the pterosaur.

Submit HERE for a chance to exhibit your art in the #1 Science Museum in the nation by USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice 3 years in a row!

Fantastic Flyers Contest

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Submission Deadline is October 1, 2022 at midnight. No late entries will be accepted.
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  • Artists may submit ONE image of 2-Dimensional art for consideration (all 2D media are welcome-drawing, painting, prints, collage, photography, digital, etc)
  • This contest features separate age categories: Adult (18+), Teen (12-17), and Youth (11 and under)
  • Jury-selected pieces will hang in COSI’s gallery hallways outside Traveling Exhibit Gallery
  • If selected, COSI may request the original artwork remain at COSI for the duration of the Exhibition (Dec 1, 2022-April 2023)
  • Artists may enter only their original work – no reproductions of original work will be accepted
  • Your submission may be displayed in COSI. Anything that is deemed inappropriate or explicit by the Judging Panel or COSI’s Project Team will not be accepted for review
  • Call for Entry Open: August 1, 2021
  • Deadline to submit: October 1, 2022 at midnight (no late submissions will be accepted)
  • Artist Notifications: Week of October 24
  • Exhibition on view Dec 1, 2022-March 2023
  • Artists may enter ONE artwork for consideration.
  • Media Conditions:
    • 2D Art: must fit within one of the following frame sizes:
      1. 8.5” x 11”
      2. 16” x 20”
      3. 24” x 36”
  • COSI will frame and display materials. Just submit your art, and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Upon delivery, if an accepted artwork is found to have been misrepresented, it may be disqualified.
  • Submissions will only be accepted via website form, unless other arrangements between the artist and the COSI art contest team have been made in advance.
  • Artwork must be photographed on a solid background
  • Label uploaded image with title of artwork
  • Uploaded image must be high resolution, less than 8 MB and saved as a JPEG
  • If your total image file size is greater than 8 MB, you may resize the image through one of these free photo editing program: Microsoft Image Resizer, Microsoft Photo Editor, Picasa, etc.

  • Fantastic Flyers Contest


    Sandy Libertini
    Sandy Libertini is a creative marketing and events professional with entrepreneurial experience as co-owner of Grand Scheme Promotions LLC (2008-2015), specializing in the development, promotion and management of community-based art festivals and fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Company projects included developing and managing the Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival, project management of the Dublin Art Fair and artist booking contractor for the Dispatch Shows group and the Riverfront Arts Festival.

    Libertini was the Arts Director for the Ohio State Fair (2013-2020) where she managed all programming and events for three arts divisions (Fine Arts Exhibition, Youth Arts Exhibition and Creative/Culinary Arts Competitions). Following cancellation of the Ohio State Fair in June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Libertini took on two part-time job opportunities working as a Campaign Liaison for the State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign and as an Assistant Community Manager at NEWORK Space, a 6,000 square foot coworking space in Newark, Ohio.

    In November of 2020 Libertini accepted a full-time communications position with the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Her current title is Engagement Manger whereby she is responsible for managing communications, public relations, events, public engagement, and Art at Audubon programming for the non-profit center.

    Libertini’ s background also includes multiple corporate advertising positions with Fabri-Centers of America Inc. (dba Jo-Ann Fabrics stores) and employment as Marketing Director/Asst. Manager of several shopping centers, malls and outlet centers for retail developers, Forest City Enterprises and Prime Retail.

    Sandy lives in Granville with her husband and youngest son Grady. Sons Adam and Alex live in Chicago, IL and Charleston, SC, respectively. Hobbies include sewing, knitting, taking walks/runs with her dog Aja, theater, hiking and attending as many community arts festivals and exhibitions as possible.

    Joe Wood

    Joe Wood is the Director of Educational Interactions and Performances at COSI. He connects the Department of Science and Research with the Education team and serves as an educator, performer, and content developer. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology and a Master’s of Science in Evolution, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology from The Ohio State University. His scientific expertise is in evolutionary biology and paleontology. He has participated in paleontological expeditions in the United States and Morocco. He is a science communicator and spokesperson known for presenting science content that is both accurate and engaging. He is currently working to reimagine COSI’s onsite, offsite, and online programs as a cohesive educational ecosystem.