Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, artists! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for the 2019 Bridges Conference, to be held in Linz, Austria, July 16 – 20, 2019. For more information on the meeting, please visit http://bridgesmathart.org/bridges-2019/. 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 curated by Robert Fathauer. (Katie McCallum is taking a year off due to other commitments.)

There will be a single exhibition, in contrast to the split exhibition the last two years. Artists will be responsible for setting up their own work for display. It will be possible to set work on tabletops or on tabletop easels, but we don’t yet know about other possibilities.

There is a limit of two 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 accepted for the exhibition will also be maintained on the 2019 exhibition website, and images will be published in the art catalog.

There will be four awards for artworks shown at Bridges 2019, as voted at the meeting by the attendees. There will be separate Best of Show and Honorable Mention awards for 2D and 3D artworks. All fiber arts and origami will be included in the 3D category.

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 $100 for non-attending artists, since registration fees are the primary 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 gallery will need to make arrangements with an attendee to set up that work. Note that international shipping and travel are both quite expensive. If you’re 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 art gallery, with reasonable allowances for the difficulty of shipping/traveling internationally. 2D artworks should be framed or mounted; we will likely have foam board on hand if you wish to mount a 2D piece yourself on site.

Deadlines

Submissions must be completed between February 15, 2019 and March 15, 2019.
Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by April 15, 2019.

If you haven’t received at least one e-mail from tessellations@cox.net 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 2019 Bridges Conference. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (Bridges 2010-2018 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 Add Art 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 Submissions.

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 exhibition should be hand delivered to the designated room at a time to be determined, usually early afternoon the day before the conference starts, and set up by the artist or another attendee. 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 probably not be insured while on display, so the artist assumes all risk for damage or theft. Please note that only accepted artworks can be displayed, along with a single sheet explaining the work or stack of business cards. This is a change from the last two years if you exhibited in the General Exhibition.

Questions

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