Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, artists! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for the 2016 Bridges Conference, to be held in Jyvaskyla, Finland, August 9 – August 13, 2016. For more information on the meeting, please visit Please read the following carefully.


At the conference, there will be an exhibition of 2D and 3D mathematical art, ranging from computer graphics to quilts to geometrical sculptures. This art exhibition will be co-curated by Robert Fathauer and Katie McCallum, and all submitted artwork will undergo a refereeing process. There is a limit of three submissions per artist. Flat works will be limited in size to 24” x 36” (60 cm x 90 cm; including frame), and 3-D works will be limited to 24” x 24” x 24” (60 cm x 60 cm x 60 cm). Images of accepted artworks will also be published in the conference CD and art catalog.

There will be four awards for artworks shown at Bridges 2016, as voted at the meeting by the attendees: Best of Show, Most Effective Use of Mathematics, Craftsmanship, and Innovation. All of the award winners will receive a complimentary copy of the art catalog, and the Best of Show winner will also receive a registration waiver for Bridges 2017.

Review Criteria

The exhibit space will only accommodate a limited number of works, which may necessitate rejecting some good quality pieces. This process is likely to be more selective than in recent years. 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.)


The primary intent of the Bridges art exhibition is to foster active exchanges between exhibiting artists and other conference participants. Thus we expect artists to attend the conference if at all possible and require them to register once they obtain the notification that their work has been accepted. Please note that if you cannot attend the conference, there is still a registration fee of $60 for non-attending artists, since registration fees are the means by which the catalog is funded. Work of non-registered artists will not be exhibited and will not appear in the conference CD and art catalog.

Please note that the works 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. Only work that was accepted through the jurying process will be allowed in the art exhibition.


Submissions must be completed between February 15, 2016 and March 15, 2016.
Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by April 16, 2016.

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 2016 Bridges Conference. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (Bridges 2010-2015 or JMM 2011-2016), 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 Add 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 Submission.

Image Requirements

You may submit 1 to 3 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

All artworks should be hand delivered to the Bridges art exhibition room at a time to be determined, usually the afternoon before the conference starts. Artists are also responsible for picking up their works at the end of the conference. No return shipping of artworks will be provided by the conference. The artworks will not be insured while on display, so the artist assumes all risk for damage or theft. 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 April 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