Announcing the winners of our very first J/aRt contest!

ringlein artwork

Elementary School Winner: Veronica Ringlein

Age: 8, Grade 3

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Artist Statement: I sat down and drew it after I looked at the website. The picture of the ship taking cores out of the ocean bottom is cool. I drew things inside the core that I thought might be in the ocean bottom.

Middle School winner: Lillith Bulawa

Age: 11, 6th Grade

Ava, New York

Artist’s Statement: Have you ever heard the expression, "one man’s trash is another man’s treasure"? There has never been a better example of this then the work that is being done by the scientists and explorers on the JOIDES Resolution. If you see a pile of dirt in your house you probably immediately throw it away. On the other hand, the researchers on the huge boat the JOIDES Resolution are excited when every day they get to scoop up some underwater dirt to analyze it. You may at first think – YUCK! – who would want to do that? – but it really is a very exciting job. The scientists analyze the dirt and find out amazing information about the past. They are also getting valuable information that may help us in the future. Everyday the scientists are excited about what they might learn. They might discover a trace of an ancient volcanic eruption or discover a fossil from a previously unknown animal. The next thing they might find is a weird piece of space rock – or even evidence of space aliens! Their discoveries may also help us in the future. Methane hydrates – frozen gas – have been found and may help fuel the world until more alternative energies – like wind and tidal power can be developed. I think the researchers have a great job – when they look and analyze the earth deep in the ocean floor it is like they are opening a treasure chest.

lim artwork

First Place High School Category: Ashely JaHyun Lim

Age: 16, 10th Grade

Glen Burnie, Maryland

Artist Statement: My artwork focused on deep sea drilling. The JR is a deep sea drilling vessel that discovered a vast and active biosphere of microbes living deep below the seafloor, far deeper than scientists ever predicted life could exist and I really wanted to point out that JR is the eyes that see through the seafloor and also the scientists who discovered life below the seafloor. To maintain my focus, I drew an ocean drill that looks like a microscope and it represents the idea of ocean drilling which is to discover a vast and active biosphere of microbes living deep below the seafloor and to alter our thinking about the formation of geologic hazards like earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

blunt artwork

Second Place High School Category: Krystel Blunt

Age: 16, 11th Grade

Palos Verdes Estates, California

Artist Statement: We were working on a unit in Marine Bio about continental drift, the layers of the earth, and a lot of other stuff, and my teacher (Mrs. Kuhn) posted a link to the contest online and I got into it so I decided to do it. I had fun adding some stuff we were learning into the artwork (ex: lithosphere/asthenosphere and crust and magma) so if you search for words, I’m sure you’ll find them. I also added "1985" at the bottom because that’s the year the ship began drilling so I thought I would add it in. Things to look for:  a fish (because of fossils uncovered from the ocean floor), degrees F and C (because drilling can detect past temperature changes in the ocean) and many others. . .

rostron artwork

Third Place High School Category: Ana Maria Rostron

Age: 16, Grade 11

Loule, Portugal