We’re pleased to present THE TESLA PROJECT, an all-day extravaganza dedicated to celebrating the genius of Nikola Tesla, a visionary scientist and engineer whose electrical inventions transformed the world. His most famous inventions include: AC power, the induction motor, fluorescent lighting, and radio.

THE TESLA PROJECT is for all ages and open to the public and the proceeds benefit GirlStartRSVP and invite your friends HERE. 

This year’s Tesla Project features…

  • a Tesla-inspired art show, juried by Art.Science.Gallery. and hosted at Invenio
  • a collaborative portrait project of Nikola Tesla at Art.Science.Gallery.
  • Robots! The LASA Robotics Team (Liberal Arts and Science Academy of Austin) and The Lady Cans Robotics Team of The Girl Scouts of Central Texas, will show off their stuff in Big Medium‘s gallery at Canopy!
  • Maker Craig Newswanger will talk about how to make a Tesla Coil, as seen here in his Make Magazine article
  • live screen printing by CogDut. We’ll have Tesla t-shirt designs for you to choose from by Twin Villain. You’ll be able to pick out a shirt and a screen, and it’ll be screen-printed as you wait!
  • film screenings throughout the day
  • Tesla Roadsters will be on display! — zero-emissions cars that can go from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds
  • a Tesla-era costume contest with cash prizes, judged by Big Medium!
  • Austin Creative Reuse with a creation station at WPA Studio!
  • Spin Art courtesy of Jerry’s Artarama!
  • AustinWhiteDove will have a Q&A and a release (did we mention Tesla had a thing for pigeons!?)
  • live music in the evening, including BLUESQUEEZEBOX, Jean CaffeineOctant, and The Future of Air Travel (Blair Bovbjerb on theremin)!
  • a silent auction featuring laser cut goodies from MAKEatx and toys by Snap Circuits and Goldie Blox–perfect for inspiring the next generation of engineers.
  • plenty of cold food and drink from Austin Eastciders, Nile Valley tea, and 512 SNO to keep you cool and hydrated! We have awesome color-changing commemorative Telsa Project cups for the drinks!

Our SCHEDULE is finalized–check it out!

To help sponsor our event, please contact the team at TheTeslaProject@gmail.com. Want to donate your time instead? We’re also seeking volunteers.


Tesla-Era Costume Contest

Posted: May 29, 2014 in General Info

Who’s the best Tesla? There’s no match for David Bowie….or is there?

What a great way to celebrate the debonair Nikola Tesla!

$10 entry fee per person. Just bring your cash to Art.Science.Gallery. by 6:30 PM on the day of The Tesla Project, July 5, 2014. The judging starts at 7 PM. We’ll have official judges + an opportunity for the general public to weigh in. Three winners will be chosen: 1st, 2nd and 3rd, with winner getting a sliding scale of the entry fees. 10% of entry fees go towards the non-profit we’re supporting–GirlStart– the rest is CASH PRIZE MONEY!.


  1. All participants must have a receipt, which you’ll get from Art.Science.Gallery. when you check in.
  2. Tesla-related costumes are encouraged (think any Tesla-villain) as well as the big man himself and his inventions and inspirations. Random era-characters welcome.
  3. Pictures will be taken during judging of all participants. The Tesla Project reserves the right to use these photographs on our website or for marketing purposes down the road.
  4. All participants will be required to sign a permission/release/waiver form to participate in the contest. Minors under 18 years of age may participate in the contest only if a permission/release form signed by the minor’s legal guardian is provided. Forms will be available at check in.
  5. All costumes must be family-friendly. Judges have the right to exclude participants from the contest for any reason.
  6. Purchased, professionally made, or rented costumes are welcome, though since hosts of The Tesla Project are Makers, we encourage costumes to be handmade. Participants should be prepared to briefly explain their costume–it’s creation and inspiration.
  7. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be part of your costume design.
  8. Costumes will be judged on a variety of criteria, including craftsmanship and overall effect. The winners of the contest will be announced during The Tesla Project’s event.
  9. After judging, there will be a parade ending with an opportunity for spectators to vote on their favorite costumes. Scores will be tallied and announcements will be made as soon as possible.
  10. Each contestant may present (wear) one and only one costume, or a group of people may wear one costume at the same time (i.e., a large costume that requires several people inside to move it). One or more designers may design and construct costumes for an individual or for a group who serve as model/models. The group will be considered as one entry.
  11. Additional rules:
    • Your costume must allow you freedom of movement so that you can go up steps. Make certain your costume allows you to do this unassisted. You may have up to two assistants to help you, but they will not be provided.
    • Parents/legal guardians are required to accompany children 13 years and younger during the Fashion Show.
  12. All prize decisions will be final. While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require that the rules be changed. A complete set of current rules will be posted at The Tesla Project.

The Tesla Project 2014 is on!

Posted: April 19, 2014 in General Info

Yep, we’re doing this again. Stay in touch via this blog link or our Facebook page.

The most important thing we’re working on right now is getting the word out about our Call for Entries for Tesla-related artwork as well as gaining sponsors. Please help us spread the word!

Artist Call for Entries

Posted: May 11, 2011 in General Info

Application Form

The Tesla Project Art Exhibition
July 5 – July 27, 2014
Opening: July 5, 2014
916 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78702
APPLICATIONS DUE SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014 11:59 pm CST $10 entry fee per piece

The Tesla Project is an all-day extravaganza dedicated to celebrating the genius of Nikola Tesla, a visionary scientist and engineer whose electrical inventions transformed the world. His most famous inventions include: AC power, the induction motor, fluorescent lighting, and radio. Inaugurated in 2010, The Tesla Project includes an art exhibition, a line-up of bands, Tesla-Roadsters, computer enrichment activities for children, a film, Tesla coil demos and how-to-presentations. This year we’re planning for an equally-electric event, with the art exhibition on view through July 27th!

We are currently seeking submissions for a juried art show inspired by Nikola Tesla and his scientific work. All works of art will be eligible, including collage, mixed media, 3-D, photo, poetry, film, et al.

Applicants may submit completed or proposed works for consideration by completing the application form (link above) and submitting a $10 entry fee per submission. The due date for submissions is Sunday, May 25th, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST and applicants will be notified of acceptance by Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST. If your work is accepted you will be responsible for delivering your work(s) to the exhibition space by June 21, 2014 in Austin, TX. Works exhibited in this show that are not sold must be picked up between July 28-29 in Austin, TX.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 25th, 2014 11:59 pm CST
Notification Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST
Artwork Delivery Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014 (in Austin, Texas, USA)
Exhibition Dates: July 5 – July 27, 2014
Artwork Pickup Dates: July 28-29, 2014, 12pm -6pm (in Austin, Texas, USA)

If you have any questions about the application process please read the call to artists carefully, then contact adrienne@artsciencegallery.com or call (512) 522-8278.


2010 Event Video

Posted: April 20, 2011 in General Info

Arden Durham provided her time and talent to record and edit our 2010 event. Here it is!