ICERM Illustrating Mathematics Art Exhibit Submission Instructions

Welcome! We look forward to reviewing your artwork for ICERM’s fall 2019 "Illustrating Mathematics" semester program and affiliated workshops, to be held at Brown University in Providence, RI. For more information on the semester program and specific workshop details, please visit


During the semester, there will be exhibitions of two dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital media mathematical art, ranging from computer graphics to quilts to geometrical sculptures. These art exhibitions will be curated by David Bachman, Eli Grigsby, Saul Schleimer, Richard Schwartz, and Henry Segerman.

There will be several exhibition spaces during the semester: a confirmed gallery space on the Brown University campus, glass cabinets at ICERM, and the possibility of gallery space at the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Headquarters. Please note that all of the display spaces are very limited and that all spaces are unsecured. Further, we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be accepted.

There is a limit of five submissions per artist. Images of artworks formally accepted for the exhibition will also be maintained on the 2019 exhibition website.

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.)


The primary intent of the Illustrating Mathematics art exhibitions is to foster active exchanges between exhibiting artists and other program participants. Work of artists who are attending the Illustrating Mathematics program and/or its affiliated workshops will be given exhibit preference.

No delivery or return shipping of artworks will be paid for or provided by ICERM, Brown University or the AMS. Note that international shipping and travel are both quite expensive. We encourage you to research these costs before committing yourself to participate. Shipping address details for larger pieces (not hand-deliverable) will be provided upon acceptance of art.

Please note that the works accepted for the Illustrating Mathematics exhibitions 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. Two-dimensional artworks should be framed or mounted.


Submissions must be completed by July 5, 2019.
Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by August 5, 2019.

If you haven’t received at least one e-mail from regarding the exhibition by August 6, then the e-mail address you provided when you created your submission is not getting mail from this address, or our email to you may be in your spam folder.

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 ICERM’s fall 2019 Illustrating Mathematics program. If you already have an account from previous exhibitions (for example, 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 up to five 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

Your arrival and departure dates during the Illustrating Mathematics program may impact if and where your art is exhibited. All artists whose work is accepted for the program will be sent details about art set-up guidelines and requirements. Artists will be responsible for picking up or arranging for shipping their works at the end of their participation (or, as appropriate, at the end of the semester program). As noted above, no delivery or return shipping of artworks will be paid for or provided by ICERM, Brown University, or the AMS.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The artworks will not be insured while on display, so the artist assumes all risk for damage or theft; if you have concerns about your piece(s), please contact Please note that only accepted artworks can be formally displayed in the galleries or ICERM’s glass cabinets


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