Code+Art Visualization Contest

Code + Art

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Code+Art Contest!

Read about the winners here.


1st prize: Santhosh Radhakrishnan, “Code_Climate”
2nd prize: Ryan West and Augustus Vieweg, “NCSUTwitteRed”
3rd prize: Lucas Rumney, “Spiral's Edge”
Honorable mention: W. Conor Lenhardt, Ben Webber, Parker Yingling, Peter Rozakis, Nick Hyde, “Skybox”

Past winners

What is it?

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce its second annual Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. Students are invited to create visualizations for any of the large video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, including the 20-foot wide Art Wall. Entries will compete for cash prizes to be awarded at a Code+Art reception at the Hunt Library on April 14, 2016. The contest is sponsored by Christie.


Libraries have long been places where people have explored new ways of interacting with information. The video walls at the James B. Jr. Hunt Library were installed to create a dialogue with library visitors and show the work of students and faculty at the university. We invite students to create visualizations for this digital space that will greet library visitors and give them a taste of the possibilities that await them inside the Hunt Library.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for attractive visualizations that are created with a computer. We strongly encourage submissions in these categories:

  • Data visualization / data art
  • Generative art
  • Procedurally generated environments (game environments, for example)
  • Animated GIFs

We will also accept submissions in these categories:

  • Digital art
  • New Media art
  • Animation/motion graphics


First place: $1000

Second place: $500

Third place: $250 

Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in mid-April. All entries that are technologically viable and appropriate will be displayed on one of four video walls in Hunt Library. Even if you don’t win, thousands of people per month will see your work!

Winners are responsible for any tax implications. There is a greater impact on nonresident aliens who are subject to US tax of 30% for prizes and awards. There are also several pieces of legal documentation required in order to process the payment for nonresident aliens (W-8BEN, visa, passport, I-94).

Who is eligible?

Any NC State undergraduate or graduate student enrolled during the 2015-2016 academic year is eligible to enter. Students may enter either individually or in groups. Groups may have both undergraduates and graduates within the same group. Students from all departments in the university are encouraged to enter. Students graduating in December 2015 are ineligible.


Submit your work now to get it displayed at Hunt as soon as possible!

March 15, 2016 - Final deadline for entries

April 14, 2016, 6-8pm - Opening reception and Code+Art Visualization Contest Award Ceremony. Location: James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Duke Energy Hall C+D 

Submit your entry

Need Help?

If you have any questions about the contest, available technology, resources, or making visualizations with a computer, contact Alison at