Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, artists! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for the 2017 Bridges Conference, to be held in Waterloo, Canada, July 27 – July 31, 2017. For more information on the meeting, please visit http://bridgesmathart.org/bridges-2017/. Significant changes have been made in the way the art exhibition will be handled this year, so please read the following carefully.

Introduction

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.

New this year, there will be two distinct areas where art will be exhibited. Accepted works will be designated for one of these two areas.
1. The Nominee’s Gallery (NG). This will be a small, formally-hung exhibition of approximately 40 artworks from around 30 artists, from which award winners will be chosen by the attendees.
2. Informal Exhibition (IE). This will be a large area in which attendees are invited to use half a typical table (it may be full small tables in Waterloo; roughly 7 sq. ft. or 0.7 sq. m.) to show both finished artworks and, if they wish, also work in progress, models, etc. This part of the exhibition will not be juried, allowing artists to display a greater breadth of material, but each display will be restricted by size. Artists will be invited later on to indicate their interest in having a table here, but advance booking is not required.

These changes have been made to address the problems of scale of the ever-growing art exhibition, and to help attendees to engage with the award-voting process, while maintaining the variety that is so important to Bridges. Artists not selected for the NG this time around will have the opportunity to be selected at future conferences. As the Nominees’ Gallery is to be a small, formal exhibition, some of the high-quality work that we see at Bridges will be part of the Informal Exhibition. Artists showing work in the IE will also be able to present a broader cross section of their work and show work in progress to facilitate discussion of new ideas and approaches.

There is a limit of two (not three as in years past) 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 artworks and documentation of the IE will also be maintained on the 2017 exhibition website, and images will be published in the art catalog.

There will be four awards for artworks shown at Bridges 2017, chosen from the NG, 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 2018.

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.)

Expectations

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 conference is funded. Work of non-registered artists will not be exhibited and will not appear in the exhibition website and art catalog. A non-attending artist who wishes to have his or her work displayed in the IE will need to make arrangements with an attendee to set up that work.

Please note that the works accepted for the NG should be presented in a manner that would be appropriate for a mainstream art gallery. For 2D artworks, framing or mounting is required.

Deadlines

Submissions must be completed between February 15, 2017 and March 15, 2017.
Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by April 16, 2017.

If you haven’t received at least one e-mail from katiemccallum@live.co.uk regarding the exhibition by April 16, 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.

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 2010-2016 or JMM 2011-2017), 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 one or two 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 accepted for the NG should be hand delivered to the designated room at a time to be determined, usually early afternoon the day 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.

All artworks accepted for the IE should be set up by the artist or another attendee. 2D works do not need to be framed or mounted for the IE, and additional materials can be displayed along with the artworks.

Questions

Questions related to the art exhibit or to the use of this website should be addressed by e-mail to artsubmissions@bridgesmathart.org.