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By all accounts, the 35 entries in this year’s Cells I See Art Contest & Gallery Showing were among the best we’ve ever had. Certainly, there were more than we’d ever seen before (view them all here) — so many, in fact, that we had to clear an entire lounge space at the host hotel just to set up the gallery. Of course, it was worth it, as nearly 200 people took the time during an already busy Till and McCulloch Meeting to view the entries and vote. And here’s our winner:

32_Neuronal_Wave_smallGrand Prize (as determined by blind judging at the Till and McCulloch Meetings):

Neuronal Wave by Renee Head (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto)

Description: Stem cells often lift off the glass slides they are grown on. These stained cells (Nestin and Sox2) formed, what I call my “neuronal wave”.

You might also recall that we had a little Facebook competition going as well, in advance of the meeting. This online contest collected more than 1,250 likes and shares, and brought us our first People’s Choice award:

7_Crystalviolets_smallPeople’s Choice (as determined by Facebook likes as of 8pm EST on April 27, 2012):

Crystal Violets by Holly Wobma (University of Calgary)

Description: This artwork represents skin-derived precursor (SKP) cells, which were captured growing on Cytodex 3 microcarriers in a floral arrangement. These microcarriers wer then “pulled” to look more petal-like in Adobe Photoshop CS5, and the floral image was isolated and pasted onto a pleasant background. The cells were stained with Crystal Violet. The name of this art thus represents the shape (floral), colour (purple) and transparent (crystalline) appearance of the flowers.

Congratulations to both winners!

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