New Mexico MESA

New Mexico MESA

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6th Annual Fractal Challenge

Deadline: April 1st 2015

Deadline: April 1st 2015

Feb 23, 2015 –

What is it? A design competition for students in elementary, middle and high school

Who can participate? Students anywhere in New Mexico can submit art work to the Fractal Challenge, but currently only students from the greater Albuquerque area are eligible to have their winning fractals installed on buildings.

When? Deadline is April 1st 2015!

How? Create fractal art with the FREE program, Xaos, downloaded from the Fractal Foundation web site:

The photo on the right is a winning fractal from the 3rd Annual Fractal Challenge, made by 5th grader Ayanna H. This artwork can be seen on the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, NM.

Submission Guidelines

All fractal entries must be submitted electronically via email. You must send us both the fractal image AND the fractal parameters which will allow us to recreate the fractal at high resolution. The Xaos program has 2 save commands you must use to do this, both located in the “File” menu. The first, simply called “Save,” will create a file such as “fractal1.xpf”. The second, called “Save Image,” will create a file such as “fractal1.png”. Only one fractal may be submitted per person, so please choose your artwork carefully. When you have chosen your favorite, please name the files ‘yourname’.xpf and ‘yourname’.png and send both the files to:

Many thanks to Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, Resolution Graphics, and Clear Channel Outdoor for supporting the Albuquerque Fractal Challenge!


Questions? Email Fractal Foundation educator Jennifer Schuetz at:


What is a fractal?  Where are they?  How are they important to us?

Have the Fractal Foundation come give a presentation at your school, club or group!

45 – 60 minute presentations and/or fractal activities, up to 4 per day at one school

$200 for initial visit, $100 for each additional visit that day

Contact: Jennifer Schuetz at:


NM MESA Partners