AI-Generated Art Showcase

AI generated logo, give a second glance

Display Your Artwork at the STEM Fair!

The "Give a Second Glance" Art Showcase invites students to explore the intersection of art and artificial intelligence. Students will create artwork in conjunction with an artificial intelligence tool and write an artist statement which will be judged at the event. Through this creative and technical challenge, students are encouraged to "Give a Second Glance" and think critically about new technology. Artificial intelligence can be a powerful creative tool, but it raises potential issues including deception, bias, and theft of creative work. Students involved in the art showcase will develop a better understanding of this technology through creative expression.



File Submission
  • Students must register for the STEM Fair to participate in the art showcase
  • Students must submit one PDF file, containing both artwork and an artist statement
  • The page size of the PDF must be 8.5" x 11"
  • Each page must be oriented vertically
  • The artists statement must be no longer than 1 page
  • The artwork must occupy no more than 3 pages
  • Each artwork page must have the student's name on it
  • Artwork must be created and submitted with permission of a parent/guardian
  • Artwork must be created by the student, involving an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool in some way. Images can be modified by the student throughout the process by other creative tools or software
  • Artwork must not be created by sharing personal information or photos of people
  • Artwork must not be created using logos or copyrighted material
  • Parents/guardians must ensure that the student follows the terms of service of AI tools and software, including any age requirements
  • Artwork must be appropriate for a school setting
  • The student must have a license to freely share the artwork. (This is automatically provided by most AI tools available online)
Artist Statement
  • All software and AI tools used to create the artwork must be acknowledged in the artist statement
  • The artist statement will be the only description provided to judges. Students will not be present to verbally explain their process to judges

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in the student's artwork not being displayed or judged.  

Judging Criteria

Judges will award 1-4 points for each of the following aspects of the student's artwork and artist statement. Please note that the majority of points are awarded based on the artist statement.

  • Do you find the artwork interesting or appealing?
  • Did the student offer a compelling description of their goals or process related to the artwork?
  • Did the student display a technical understanding of the software used to make the artwork?
  • Did the student demonstrate technical skills while creating the artwork?
  • Did the student write a thoughtful reflection (lessons learned, limitations, ethics, etc.)?

How to Create Art with AI

Avoid websites that require payment, creation of an account, have an age restriction, or do not provide a license to freely share your artwork. Below are two AI tools that students can use with parent/guardian permission that meet these requirements. They are easy to use and can generate original images within seconds.

Stable Diffusion Playground - Enter a text prompt. Include specific details or an art style such as "anime." Click "Generate Image." Images generated will be based on what you wrote.

Diffuse the Rest - Draw a picture or upload an image. Then enter a text prompt. Click "Diffuse the f rest." New images will be generated based on a combination of the original image and what you wrote.

AI Art Website sample

Examples of AI Art Generator websites. Stable Diffusion on the left, Diffuse the Rest on the right.

Other Creative Tools

Students are welcome to use other creative tools before or after employing an AI tool. This could include photography, sketching, or image editing software. Please note that photos of people cannot be used at any point in the process and that the final artwork submission is digital.


Students interested in coding might find inspiration from Jun-Yan Zhu, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has curated the Cat Paper Collection, an academic paper collection about computer graphics, machine learning and most importantly, cats. He has also posted popular image generation tools on GitHub. Learning how to use these programs is challenging. You may not have time to employ these techniques at this year's art showcase, but you certainly could use them for a project at next year's STEM Fair.