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2016 Art Exhibition

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, 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 2016, 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 2017.

The primary intent of the art exhibition is to foster active interaction between exhibiting artists and 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. Work of non-registered participants will not be exhibited and will not appear in the conference CD and art catalog.

Please note that all the artworks should be hand delivered to the exhibition room at a time to be determined, usually the day before the conference starts. Artists are also responsible for picking up their works at the end of the conference. The artworks will not be insured while on display, so the artist assumes all risk for damage or theft.

The exhibition space will only accommodate a limited number of works, which may necessitate rejecting some high quality pieces. 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.)

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".

Please note that the works should be presented in a manner that would be appropriate for a mainstream art gallery, to the extent possible given the realities of travel and shipping. 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 exhibitions from the Bridges Conference and Joint Mathematics Meetings, by clicking on Galleries in the menu at left.

Images of any submitted artwork and accompanying descriptions should be submitted between February 15 and March 15, 2016. Submissions of art to Bridges 2016 will only be accepted through the submission website. Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by April 15, 2016.

Shipping Bridges Art Exhibit Pieces Directly to the Conference Venue

Local contact and phone number: Kati Valpe (local coordinator) +358 400 247 458
Questions related to shipments:

If possible, it is highly recommended that the artwork(s) would not be delivered before 1st of August 2016. However, if the assumed delivery time is more than one week, it is possible to send them earlier. We cannot accept deliveries during the weekend. A room from the first floor of the venue will be reserved, where the packages are stored until your arrival. When sending the package, please write your name clearly on top of the package. The packages can be sent to the address below:

Agora, Mattilanniemi 2
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä
Finland – EUROPE

Please allow time for your package to clear customs. For customs purposes, your artworks should be valued as low as possible. It is better to describe the contents as mathematical models, educational poster, or some such, rather than as art. All customs issues should be resolved by the artist directly. If there are any customs charges, the artist is responsible for paying them. More information from

In case you have further questions related to customs, please contact the Finnish Customs Office directly.They can give you information in English as well:

Shipping Back the Bridges Art Exhibit Pieces

It is the responsibility of the artist to pick up, ship, or donate his or her artwork(s). The artwork(s) should be picked up from Agora on Friday 12 th August. A post office can be found in the centrum of Jyväskylä in Vapaudenkatu 48-50, 40100 Jyväskylä. The post office is open Mon-Fri 8.00-20.00 and Saturdays 10.00-15.00. Please note that the opening hours might change during the summer season, so remember to check the opening hours. You can find more information from

If you want to send the package within Finland or to Estonia, you can use the package machines that can be found from several locations in the centrum:

Kauppakeskus Forum, Asemakatu 7, 40105 Jyväskylä
Open Mon-Fri 9.00-21.00, Sat 9.00-18.00 and Sun 12.00-18.00

K-supermarket Lutakko, Lutakonaukio 1, 40105 Jyväskylä
Open Mon-Fri 7.00-21.00, Sat 7.00-18.00 and Sun 12.00-18.00

S-market Kolmikulma, Puistokatu 2, 40105 Jyväskylä
Open Mon-Sat 7.00-23.00 and Sun 10.00-23.00