The HudsonAlpha DNA Day Art Competition was created to highlight the natural connections that exist between the scientific and artistic fields. Artists from across Alabama were invited to submit works inspired by the human genome and its relationship to health and disease. Kimberly Hart, a Huntsville artist and educator at Greengate School, created the winning submission, "Code Cracked". Hart noted that the inspiration for "Code Cracked" was from a newspaper article describing the sequencing and interpretation of an individual’s DNA:
“The article said in the next few years everyone will be able to decipher his or her own DNA and we will be able to have a complete record of the traits we have inherited from our parents. We will all have ‘a genetic mirror’ of ourselves. That phrase made me think about my own genetic traits and how they shadow me like a reflection.”
Finalists include Gary Anderson, for "Teamwork"; Gail Bryant, for "Life Grows Where the River Flows"; Jamie Stautert, for "Pieces of Life", John "Jahni" Moore, for "The Grand Symbol"; and Mark Blevins, for "Dominoes".