Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, artists! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for the 2014 Bridges Conference, to be held in Seoul, South Korea, August 14-19, 2014. For more information on the meeting, please visit


Art in which mathematics plays a significant role is welcome in any medium. The 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. 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 2014, 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 2015.

Due to space limitations, flat works will be limited in size to 24” x 36” (including frame), and 3-D works will be limited to 24” x 24” x 24”. 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 for Submitted Work

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 exhibition.)
  • Craftsmanship (The level of skill and effort that goes into making an effective presentation of the idea.)
  • Originality and innovation (It’s always a plus to receive some new and different.)


The primary intent of the art exhibition is to foster active exchanges between exhibiting artists and other conference participants. Thus we expect artists to attend the conference and require them to register once they obtain the notification that their work has been accepted. Please note that there is a registration fee of $50 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.


Images of submitted artwork and accompanying descriptions should be submitted between February 15 and March 15, 2014. Submissions of art to Bridges 2013 will only be accepted through this website. Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by April 15, 2014. If you don’t receive notification by April 15, it means that you are not receiving e-mails from us, so please contact us. You may wish to add to your list of allowed e-mail addresses.

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 2014 Bridges Conference. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (Bridges 2010-2013 or JMM 2011-2014), 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, 300dpi, RGB format, saved with maximum quality.

Upon Acceptance and Delivery

  1. Check your page carefully and edit your text if you’d like. Any changes must be made by April 30 in order to be included in the print catalog and the version of the website that will be available to the public and will go on the conference CD. With so many submissions, the jury is not able to edit text, check spelling, etc., so it’s important that you check your text carefully. If English is not your native language, it would be a good idea to have a native English-speaker read over your text. In your artwork descriptions, make sure that you have explicitly addressed the math content in your work. There were some descriptions that were weak in this regard.
  2. Check your thumbnail image on the home page of the exhibition. A few entries didn’t have a thumbnail, so I created one for those entries. Note that your thumbnail should show all or part of one of your accepted artworks. In some cases, the thumbnail may be related to a work that was not accepted, in which case you should change it.
  3. Check your image for each artwork and be sure it is the image you want to appear in the catalog. If you submitted a computer graphic of a sculpture, please note that a photograph of the physical sculpture is required for the catalog. These should be uploaded by April 30.
  4. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to register for the conference at, by April 30. Click on the link for the Bridges Conference and follow the instructions. If you can’t attend the conference, you are still required to register in order for your work to be included in the exhibition. There are two registration options, e and f (these are explained on the registration page at, for non-attending artists. If you can’t attend, please let me know. For general information and issues other than registration, please visit the conference website at

Please note that all the artworks should be hand delivered to the exhibition room in the afternoon of August 13, the day before the conference starts. All artworks must match the description and image that were originally submitted as regards dimensions, medium, and presentation. The display of additional artworks or other material that was not included in the submission will not be allowed. If you feel additional explanation is needed for people to understand your artwork, you can set a half sheet of A4 or US Letter paper, with text and/or figures, next to your artwork. Please use white paper with black text with a sans-serif font such as Arial, in order for the exhibition to have a uniform appearance. Artists are also responsible for picking up their works at the end of the conference. As far as I know at this time, the artworks will not be insured while on display, so the artist assumes all risk for damage or theft.

Non-Exclusive License

By submitting your work to this website and/or exhibiting your work at the Bridges Conference, you grant the Bridges organization, for any accepted works, non-exclusive rights to use your text and images on its website, in printed promotional material such as posters, postcards, and calendars, and other uses including but not limited to press releases. You further grant third parties the right to reproduce your text and images in reports on and reviews of the conference. In addition, you grant the Tessellations Company permission to reproduce your images and text in the exhibition catalog. For collaborative works, or works submitted on behalf of another individual, the submitting individual warrants that he or she has obtained any rights necessary to grant the rights described above. All of the above organizations will make a reasonable effort to ensure that all text and images are properly attributed to the artist(s).


Questions related to the art exhibit or to the use of this website should be addressed by e-mail to