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3M Art and Technology Award

3M Art and Technology Award Competition Rewards Innovation and Imagination

$25,000 in prize money and an additional $25,000 in development support, connections to industry expertise, resources and more.

The 2017 application cycle is now closed.


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Coming Fall 2018

This fall, visit Mia to get lost in a world filled with dueling secret societies, cryptic messages, and hidden clues revealed with the help of augmented reality. 2017’s 3M Art and Technology Award winning idea, Riddle Mia This, lets you experience the galleries as a giant puzzle room that turns art into clues. Learn more. 

Learn about the 3M Art and Technology Award’s past winners.

The best entries showed:

  • Innovation and creativity – a “wow factor” – something that’s not been done before
  • An engaging user experience with potential for deep audience engagement
  • A meaningful connection to community
  • Broad accessibility for many audiences, including those historically under-served
  • Opportunities to go beyond the museum’s walls
  • Feasibility, including the practical needs for implementation

Contestants demonstrated:

  • Ingenuity
  • The capability, availability and skills to implement the Project described in the Entry
  • An ability to communicate ideas clearly
  • Previous success at similar efforts

The 3M Art and Technology competition recognizes artistry and innovation in the field of technology. As partners with shared interest in how technology, design and experience come together to enrich arts and culture, 3M and Mia are pleased to collaborate on this exciting program. Thanks to 3M for their generous financial support of this program.

This is an early version of the modern computer in the Engine Research Building at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, now John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland Ohio. NASA via Flickr Commons