[Bridges] Call for submissions: SIGMAA_ARTS Exhibition of Mathematical Art

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** The SIGMAA-ARTS Exhibition of Mathematical Art **
** Held as part of the AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings **
** Washington, DC, January 5-8, 2009 **

For the sixth year, there will be a Mathematical Art Exhibition during
the winter Joint Mathematics Meetings of the AMS and MAA
(http://www.ams.org/amsmtgs/2110_intro.html).  The exhibition will be
organized and juried by the following:  Robert Fathauer, Tessellations
Company, Phoenix, Arizona; Anne Burns, Department of Mathematics, Long
Island University, C.W. Post Campus, New York; Nat Friedman, Department
of Mathematics, University at Albany;  and Reza Sarhangi, Department of
Mathematics, Towson University.

This exhibition will be held in the AMS-MAA exhibit area. Around five
thousand professional mathematicians typically attend this meeting, so
this is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen by people who
will appreciate it.  Past exhibitions have been very well received, and
the AMS feels the art exhibition has become a valuable addition to the

For the second year, we plan to publish a catalog to accompany the
exhibition. SIGMAA-ARTS has generously offered to underwrite the cost of
doing so, as they did last year. The expected format will allot each
artist two facing 7.5" x 7.5" pages, with content similar to that on the

Mathematicians/artists interested in exhibiting their works should plan
on registering for and attending the conference if one or more of their
works is accepted.  Note that there will be a session at the meeting on
Mathematics and the Arts, organized by Douglas Norton. If you are
unable to attend, your designated representative will need to hand
deliver your art to the exhibit area before the exhibition opens and
pick it up when the exhibition closes.

If you would like to submit your work, please follow the instructions
below. Nonconforming submissions will be returned without jurying;
fixing the problems and resubmitting will be required before the
submission is considered by the jury.

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

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, recent art exhibitions from the Bridges
Conference and Joint Mathematics Meetings are available for viewing
online at http://www.bridgesmathart.org/amsmaa.html .

Images should be submitted by October 15, 2008.  Notification of
acceptance will be made via e-mail by the middle of November.

Due to space constraints, please limit all flat works to no more than
20" x 24" (including frame), and 3-D works to no more than 18" x 18" x
18".  Artworks should be easily set up on table top easels or directly
on table tops.

Artworks will not be insured while on display, though there will be
general security provided in the exhibit hall.  The artist must assume
full responsibility for theft or damage.

Instructions for submitting works:

Text and images should be e-mailed to Robert Fathauer
(tessellations at cox.net). There is a limit of 3 submissions per artist.
The text and images must both conform to the following guidelines.


In the body of your e-mail, please include the following, including the
numbers and headings as shown here. If you have submitted previously,
please note that there are several changes in the following compared to
previous exhibitions.

      1. Name (e.g., "John Doe")
      2. Title of first submission
      3. Medium for first submission
      4. Dimensions of first submission (in inches; 1 cm = 0.4 inches)
      5. Year of completion for first submission
      6. Description of first submission, focusing on the math content
         (100 words maximum)
      7. Title of second submission (if applicable)
      8. Medium for second submission (if applicable)
      9. Dimensions of second submission (if applicable)
      10. Year of completion for second submission (if applicable)
      11. Description of second submission, focusing on the math content
         (100 words maximum) (if applicable)
      12. Title of third submission (if applicable)
      13. Medium for third submission (if applicable)
      14. Dimensions of third submission (if applicable)
      15. Year of completion for third submission (if applicable)
      16. Description of third submission, focusing on the math content
         (100 words maximum)(if applicable)
      17. Name again, followed by a description of your position/job/etc
         (e.g. "Freelance artist", "Associate Professor of Mathematics")
      18. Institution or affiliation (e.g. "None", "Physics Department,
         University of Arizona")
      19. Where you live or work (city and state or country)
      20. Statement about your art (150 words maximum; can include the
         techniques you use, why you create mathematical art, what you're
         trying to express with your work)
      21. e-mail address if you would like it to appear on your page in
         the exhibition website
      22. Your website url if you would like it to appear on your page in
         the exhibition website


Images should be e-mailed as JPEG files with a dimension of 500-600
pixels in the larger direction.  Color images should be in RGB format.
Black and white images should be in grayscale format, not RGB, in order
to minimize file size.  The file names for the images must conform to
the following format "Lastname1.JPG". E.g., if John Doe submitted 2
works, the image for his second work would be called Doe2.JPG.

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