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About Bridges

  • Robert Fathauer's ceramic sculpture Trifurcation, from the Bridges 2014 visual art exhibition.
  • James Gyre shows off a selection of his laser-cut wooden geometric patterns at Bridges 2015. (Annette Emerson, AMS)
  • Bridges founder Reza Sarhangi poses with John Conway at Bridges 2015. (Annette Emerson, AMS)
  • Experimenting with Zellij tiles with Jean-Marc Castera at the Bridges 2010 Family Day. (Kristóf Fenyvesi)
  • Mathematician Noam Elkies performs as part of Music Night at Bridges 2010.
  • A stereographically projected 360 degree group photograph of the participants at Bridges 2016. (Henry Segerman)

The goal of the Bridges Organization is to foster research, practice, and new interest in mathematical connections to art, music, architecture, education and culture. All too often, mathematics can seem disconnected from or even antithetical to these other topics. We believe that mathematics and art can inform and enrich each other, that there are great ideas waiting to be found in mathematical analysis and synthesis of art, and that artistic thinking and activities can enliven the mathematics classroom.

The centrepiece of our mission is the annual Bridges Conference, typically held in late July or early August. The conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of mathematicians, scientists, artists, educators, musicians, writers, computer scientists, sculptors, dancers, weavers, model builders and many others in an atmosphere of mutual exchange and inspiration.  Bridges typically includes invited plenary talks, contributed research papers, hands-on workshops, a visual art exhibition, a public "family day", and arts-focused performance events in music, film, poetry, and theatre.

Reza Sarhangi organized the first Bridges conference in 1998 at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Since then the conference has travelled up to Canada and outward to Europe and Asia, and hosts participants from dozens of countries around the world. The conference is a meeting place of a wide range of skills, talents, dispositions, and domains of expertise, where artists and scientists frequently generate new ideas and form new collaborations.

The Bridges Organization was founded by individuals who enjoy reaching across boundaries and expanding their thinking. As an organization, we are always looking for other ways to share our love of math-art connections, and will continue to experiment with new initiatives, both within the annual conference and beyond it.

If your institution is interested in being the local host for a future Bridges Conference, please see this document.

Board of Directors

(October 2016)

Reza Sarhangi (1952–2016)
Department of Mathematics
Towson University
Maryland, USA

Please see the memorial page about Reza Sarhangi.


George W. Hart
Interdepartmental Research Professor
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York, USA


Vice President
Kristóf Fenyvesi
Department of Art and Culture Studies
University of Jyväskylä


Sujan Shrestha
Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
University of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland, USA  

Publication and Communication Director
Craig S. Kaplan
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Board Member
Carlo Séquin
Computer Science Division, EECS Department
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California, USA


Board Member
Eve Torrence
Department of Mathematics
Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, Virginia, USA


To contact the board of directors, please send email to