News: Smithsonian to Show the Art of Video Games

Smithsonian American Art Museum Logo

Smithsonian American Art Museum Logo

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is putting together a new exhibit based on the art from video games, and are asking gamers to submit their pictures to add. The aptly named “Art of Video Games” exhibit is set to open in March 16, 2012. From cosplay to cut-outs to fan art, the museum is looking for anything they can get their hands on to show the true art of gaming. If there were ever a reason to build that Master Chief armor sitting in the garage or put together that macrame Triforce symbol, this is it.

In the words of the museum: “The Art of Video Games exhibition (opening March 16, 2012) will explore how game designers combine visual effects with narrative, audio, and player interaction to create immersive and meaningful experiences. To celebrate this ground-breaking exhibition, we are looking for photographs that show how video games can inspire creativity! These might include images of video-game-inspired drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewellery, clothing, events, graphics, food, wallpaper… anything, really! We’re particularly interested in seeing creative and crazy costumes inspired by your favorite game characters.”

Anyone interested in submitting their artwork, or interested in seeing the creativity spewing forth from gamers all across the world, there is a Flickr group set up that is currently showing pictures and accepting entries. The exhibition will take place on March 16, 2012 and will continue on through September 30, 2012. Videos and pictures are being accepted, so submit anything laying around that might be considered artwork to be a part of this monumental event in history.