Bridges 2022 Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, creators of mathematical art! We look forward to reviewing your work for the 2022 Bridges Conference, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, August 1–5, 2022. For more information on the meeting, please visit https://www.bridgesmathart.org/b2022/.

Introduction

At the conference there will be an exhibition of 2D and 3D mathematical art, including but not limited to basketry, ceramics, computer graphics, drawings, design, furniture, handicrafts, illustrations, jewelry, mechanisms, models, origami, paintings, prints, puzzles, sculptures, and textiles.

Note that there will be a separate fashion show, so wearable creations that are best viewed on a runway should be submitted to that venue.

This exhibition will be curated by Robert Fathauer, Taneli Luotoniemi, and Bruce Torrence.

There will be a single exhibition that will be installed prior to the conference. The exhibition will open to the general public August 1–5. The official opening of the exhibition will be on August 1st, on the first day of the conference. In addition, there will be tables in the lobby area (near the plenary sessions) where participants can display work that has not gone through the jurying process.

There is a limit of one submission per participant, and there is no size limit this year. A group of closely related pieces can be submitted as a single entry if their footprint is less than 50 cm x 50 cm. Note that a larger piece that occupies more space in the exhibit area will need to justify the space used. I.e., it will be more difficult to get a larger piece accepted.

Images of pieces accepted for the exhibition will be maintained on the 2022 exhibition website, and images will be published in the exhibition catalog.

Review Criteria

Review criteria include:

  • Mathematical content (This is a mathematically sophisticated audience.)
  • Aesthetic 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 exhibition is to foster active exchanges between exhibitors and other conference participants. Thus we expect exhibitors 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 $100 for non-attending exhibitors, since registration fees are the primary means by which the conference is funded. Work of non-registered participants will not be exhibited and will not appear in the exhibition website and catalog. Note that international shipping and travel are both quite expensive. If you are not familiar with these expenses you should look into them before committing yourself to participating.

Please note that the works accepted for the exhibition should be presented in a manner that would be appropriate for a mainstream gallery, with reasonable allowances for the difficulty of shipping and traveling internationally. 2D pieces should be framed or mounted.

Deadlines

Submissions must be completed between February 15, 2022 and March 15, 2022. Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by April 15, 2022.

If you haven’t received at least one e-mail from us regarding the exhibition by April 16, then the e-mail address you provided when you created your submission is not getting mail from us and you will miss important information.

Requirements and Submission Process

Log in with an existing account or create a new account

All exhibitors must have an account on this website in order to submit to the 2022 Bridges Conference. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (Bridges 2010-2021 or JMM 2011-2022), click “Log In.” If you don’t have an account, click “Create a new account” (this will only be possible during the submission period beginning February 15) 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 Art Submission.” Note that in your Artist Statement and Artwork Description, you may now choose a formatting option, including LaTeX (for formatting mathematics).

Image Requirements

You may only submit one piece. Images should be JPEG files with a dimension of 1800 pixels in the larger direction, RGB format, with a maximum file size of 2MB, saved with maximum quality within these constraints. You will also be asked to submit a 100 x 100 pixel thumbnail image.

Upon Acceptance and Delivery

Pieces accepted for the exhibition should be either hand-delivered on July 31, or shipped to Aalto University to arrive by July 15. A shipping address will be provided with acceptance notification. Exhibitors are responsible for picking up their works at the end of the conference on August 5. No return shipping will be provided by the conference. The pieces will not be insured while on display, so the exhibitor assumes all risk for damage or theft.

Questions

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