Bridges 2021 Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome, artists! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for the 2021 Bridges Conference, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, August 2-6, 2021.

Please note that because of the ongoing pandemic, we cannot be certain at this point that an in-person conference will be held. While we are planning for the conference to be held on site, note that the submission instructions are the same either way. Artists whose work is accepted will be notified about status of the conference prior to the date when the artwork needs to be shipped to Finland. We strongly encourage all artists to postpone making travel arrangements or shipping their artworks until that time. The information that follows includes our plans for the on-site exhibition.

For more information on the meeting, please visit The art exhibition will be handled differently than in previous years, so please read the following carefully.


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, Taneli Luotoniemi, and Bruce Torrence.

There will be a single exhibition that will be hung in an art gallery by Taneli's team. The exhibition will be set up during 3rd–5th of July, and will be open to the general public and remain on view until it is taken down on the 5th of August. The official opening of the exhibition will be on August 2nd, 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 additional work that has not gone through the jurying process.

There is a limit of one submission per artist, 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 gallery will need to justify the space used. I.e., it will be more difficult to get a larger piece accepted.

Images of artworks accepted for the exhibition will be maintained on the 2021 exhibition website, and images will be published in the art 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.)


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. 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 art gallery, with reasonable allowances for the difficulty of shipping/traveling internationally. 2D artworks should be framed or mounted.


Submissions must be completed between February 15, 2021 and March 15, 2021.
Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by April 15, 2021.

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 artists must have an account on this website in order to submit to the 2021 Bridges Conference. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (Bridges 2010-2020 or JMM 2011-2021), 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 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 artwork. 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

Artworks accepted for the exhibition should be shipped to Aalto University to arrive by June 15. A shipping address will be provided with acceptance notification. A limited number of artworks can be hand delivered at the start of the conference and added to the exhibition, pending advanced approval by the curators. Artists are also responsible for picking up their works at the end of the conference on August 5. 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.


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