The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), will be supporting the Doodle 4 Google™ 2012 contest by encouraging students in the community to participate and exhibiting the state finalists’ doodles in an exhibition this summer. The annual Doodle 4 Google competition invites students across the United States to submit their own Google doodle—the selected best of which will be displayed on www.google.com. The Google doodle is a custom version of the Google logo displayed on the Google homepage throughout the year in celebration of holidays, anniversaries and the lives of notable artists and scientists.
Google will select the best doodle from each of the 50 states as a state winner and these doodles will be displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle 4 Google website. The national winner will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, as well as have their winning doodle displayed on the Google homepage.
“We are pleased to support the Doodle 4 Google initiative in Texas, to share the museum’s educational resources and to facilitate an extraordinary opportunity for Texas children and their schools,” said MFAH director, Gary Tinterow.
Victoria Ramirez, the MFAH W. T. and Louise J. Moran Education Director of the museum, said: “The MFAH is delighted to celebrate the talented young artists who will be the Texas state finalists. Their art will be on view in the museum’s Kinder Foundation Education Center, a space that features a gallery dedicated to showcasing art by area students.” Doodle 4 Google is one of several efforts by Google to encourage and celebrate the creativity of young people by asking students to create their own Google doodle. The theme this year is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” Doodle 4 Google gives students a blank canvas to harness their curiosity and imagine the past, present and/or future anywhere in the world.
After all doodles have been submitted to Google by Friday, March 23, a team of Googlers and then guest judges—including performer Katy Perry, Phineas and Ferb creator and executive producer Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and recording artist Jordin Sparks—will help choose the top doodles. Then on May 2, Google will give the final vote to the public, who will choose one winner from each grade group. The public can vote at the Doodle 4 Google website. Competition levels and prizes are also listed online: www.google.com/doodle4google/judging_prizes.html.
First prize will be awarded to the winning doodler on May 17, and that doodle will be showcased on www.google.com on Friday, May 18.
How to Enter
Participants can pick up and drop off entry forms and doodles at the MFAH in the Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC) in the Caroline Wiess Law Building (lower level), during regular museum hours (Monday–Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:15–7 p.m.). K-12 students in U.S. schools, including homeschoolers, are eligible to enter. Forms must be dropped off by noon on Friday, March 16, in a drop off box in the KFEC for the museum to submit forms for participants.
Alternatively, participants can download entry forms at www.google.com/doodle4google and mail their submissions to Google, postmarked by March 20. Mailing instructions can be found at www.google.com/doodle4google.
About the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Founded in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the oldest art museum in the region. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the MFAH comprises two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, theater, two art schools, two libraries, and two nearby house museums.The encyclopedic collection of the MFAH has some 64,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present.