Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, artists! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) Exhibition of Mathematical Art, to be held January 15-18, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. For more information on the meeting, please visit the meeting website Please read the following carefully.


This exhibition will be held in Exhibit Hall D of the Colorado Convention Center. Well over five thousand professional mathematicians typically attend this meeting, so this is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen by people who will appreciate it. Past exhibitions have been very well received, and the AMS and MAA feel the art exhibition has become a valuable addition to the meeting.

We plan to publish a catalog to accompany the exhibition. SIGMAA-ARTS, a special interest group of the MAA, has generously offered to underwrite the cost of doing so, as they did last year. Artists who attend the meeting can pick up a free complimentary copy of the catalog. Catalogs will be mailed to addresses within the US for artists who are unable to attend the meeting and will be made available as a pdf file to other artists. In addition to the print catalog, images of accepted artworks will archived on a web site chronicling the exhibition.

There will be cash awards picked by a panel of judges that is different and independent from the panel of jurors that select the artworks. There will be three awards: a $400 award for best photograph, painting, or print; a second $400 award for best textile, sculpture, or other medium; and a $200 honorable mention award. The judges will base their decisions for awards on five areas: 1) Mathematical depth and sophistication, 2) Craftsmanship, 3) Aesthetic appeal, 4) Originality and innovation, and 5) Overall interest. Artists who have won a Mathematical Art Exhibition Award at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in year N will not be eligible for the $400 awards until the Joint Mathematics Meetings in year N+5. They may, however, display artwork in the intervening years. Honorable Mention awardees are eligible for award consideration in subsequent years.

Restrictions on Submissions

At the conference, there will be 1500 square feet of space in the exhibit hall for an exhibition of 2D and 3D mathematical art, ranging from computer graphics to quilts to geometrical sculptures. Due to space constraints, flat works will be limited in size to 20” x 28” (including frame), and 3-D works will be limited to 18” x 18” x 18”. Exceptions will occasionally be made for existing artworks that exceed these dimensions.

There is a limit of two artworks per artist. An exception is a group of closely-related small pieces that number no more than five pieces occupying a total footprint of no more than 15" x 15", which can be submitted as a single piece. An artist can appear on more than one submission in the case of collaborative work, but the total number of artworks for any given artist is limited to two regardless of whether some are collaborative or not.

If you would like to submit your work, please follow the instructions below. Nonconforming submissions will not be entered into the review process. The exhibit space will only accommodate a limited number of works, which may necessitate rejecting some good quality pieces.

Review Criteria

Review criteria include:

  • Math content (This is a mathematically sophisticated audience.)
  • Esthetic appeal (This is admittedly highly subjective.)
  • Medium (A variety of media will make for a more dynamic exhibit.)
  • Craftsmanship (The level of skill and effort that goes into making an effective presentation of the idea.)
  • Innovation and originality (Pushing mathematical art in new directions.)


Artists are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. If for some reason, you are not able to attend, you will be responsible for shipping your artwork to the meeting at your expense. Return shipping will be covered by the meeting, but only within the U.S. Note that there will also be a paper session at the meeting on connections between mathematics and the arts, organized by Douglas Norton.

Artists wishing to receive an exhibit registration and/or reserve a hotel room should register as an Artist Exhibitor; the fee for this type of registration is $0. A link to reserve a hotel room will be included at the end of the online registration form. It will also be included in the e-mail confirmation of registration. Artists should register as an Artist Exhibitor only after being notified that their artworks have been accepted. Artists who are mathematicians and want to attend the meeting are expected to register for the meeting using the regular options for mathematicians at the same link provided above. All registered Artist Exhibitors may pick up their badges at the meeting. For questions related to registration or housing for the meeting, please visit the meeting website

Please note that artworks should be presented in a manner that would be appropriate for a mainstream art gallery. This is to be contrasted to a poster session or technical illustration look, which most mathematicians are more accustomed to. For examples of the sort of works that are appropriate, see the recent art exhibits from the Bridges Conference and Joint Mathematics Meetings.


Submissions must be completed between September 15, 2019 and October 15, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by November 15, 2019. If you do not receive an e-mail by November 15, that means your mail server is rejecting the e-mails. In that case, it is essential that you contact us at

Requirements and Submission Process

Log in with an existing account or create a new account

All artists must have an account on this website in order to submit to the 2020 JMM. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (Bridges 2010-2019 or JMM 2011-2019), click Log In. If you don’t have an account, click Create a new account and provide a username, valid email address, and password. Once you create your account, you will be automatically logged in and can create your submission.

Creating and editing your submission

Log in to the website and click My Art Submission. Click the link to start your submission, and fill out the form. Note that required fields will be marked with an asterisk (*). When you are finished, click Save. You can go back and edit your submission at any time up until the submission deadline by clicking My Art Submission.

Image Requirements

You may submit 1 or 2 artworks. In the event the jury is forced to choose, due to space limitations, among submissions that received comparable jurors’ scores, artworks will be selected in the order in which they appear. You may wish to consider this when ordering your artworks.

Images should be JPEG files with a dimension of 1800 pixels in the larger direction, RGB format, saved with maximum quality.

Upon Acceptance and Delivery

Please note that all the artworks should be hand delivered to the art exhibit area of the exhibit hall between noon and 3 pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The participants are also responsible for picking up their works at the end of the conference and will be expected to assist in set-up and tear-down of the art exhibition as needed. The artworks will not be insured while on display, so the artist assumes all risk for damage or theft. The conference will provide security for all exhibits. Also, please note that only accepted work, as shown in your submission, can be displayed. If you bring any additional artworks or related materials with you, they will not be shown. You will be allowed to set out business cards or a single stack of postcards near your artwork.

By November 15, you should have received at least one e-mail from regarding the exhibition. If you haven’t, then the e-mail address you provided when you created your submission is not getting mail from this address and you will miss important information.


Questions related to the art exhibit or to the use of this website should be addressed by e-mail to