Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, artists! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for the 2021 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) Exhibition of Mathematical Art. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year's meeting will be held virtually, from January 6-9, 2021. For more information on the meeting, please "visit the meeting website Please read the following carefully.


In normal times, this meeting is attended by well over five thousand professional mathematicians, 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 may or may not publish a catalog to accompany the exhibition this year. Images of accepted artworks will be archived on a web site chronicling the exhibition. Artists with accepted work will be encouraged to create short videos describing their piece(s), as if they were explaining their work to a conference attendee. There will be cash awards this year. These will be 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

Since the conference will be held virtually this year, exhibition space is not a restriction. As a result, there are no size limitations to submitted art. There is a limit of two artworks per artist. An exception is a group of closely-related pieces that number no more than five pieces and can be depicted in a single photograph. 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.

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.)


There will be no physical exhibition, so there are no requirements related to shipping or delivering artwork. We're looking into the possibility of a virtual reception of some sort of means by the which artists with accepted works can interact with mathematicians.


Submissions must be completed between September 15, 2020 and October 15, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by November 15, 2020. 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 2021 JMM. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (Bridges 2010-2020 or JMM 2011-2020), 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 or 2 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

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