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Joint Meetings Returns to San Francisco, Moscone West, January 13 - 16, 2010
Call for Artists - Exhibition of Mathematical Art

The Joint Mathematics Meetings Exhibition of Mathematical Art
Held as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings
San Francisco, California, January 13-16, 2010

For the seventh year, there will be a Mathematical Art Exhibition during the winter Joint Mathematics Meetings.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; Reza Sarhangi, Department of Mathematics, Towson University, and Dick Termes, independent artist. 

This exhibition will be held in the Joint Meetings Exhibits located in the Exhibit Hall, Moscone West. Over 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 and MAA feel the art exhibition has become a valuable addition to the meeting.

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. 

For the second year, there will be cash awards for the top three artworks  picked a by a panel of judges. This panel will be different and independent  from the panel of jurors that selected this year's artworks. The Mathematical  Art Exhibition Prize will be given and announced at the Joint Mathematics  Meetings. First, Second and Third Prize winners will be awarded  (US$500, US$300, and US$200 respectively) for aesthetically pleasing works that  combine mathematics and visual art. 

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 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.  Please note  that each juror will have the opportunity of showing one of his or her own  works automatically. 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 go 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://bridgesmathart.org/bridges-galleries/art-exhibits/.

Submissions are due October 15, 2009.  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@cox.net). There is a limit of 3 submissions per artist. The text and images must both conform to the following guidelines.

Text: 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", "Lastname2.JPG", etc.  E.g., if John  Doe submitted 2works, the file name for the image of his second work would  be Doe2.JPG.

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