Mathematical Art Exhibition Award

The Mathematical Art Exhibition Award recognizes "aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art." In 2008, an anonymous donor provided an endowment to acknowledge those whose works demonstrate the beauty and elegance of mathematics expressed in a visual art form.

About this Award

For further information about this award, email the AMS Public Awareness Office.

The exhibition takes place every January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.  Three awards are made annually:  One for best photograph, painting, or print (\$400); one for best textile, sculpture, or other medium (\$400); and one honorable mention (\$200).  Starting in 2014, artists who have won a Mathematical Art Exhibition Award at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in year N will not be eligible for the \$400 awards until the Joint Mathematics Meetings in year N+5. They may, however, display artwork in the intervening years. Honorable Mention awardees are eligible for award consideration in subsequent years.

Most Recent Award: 2020

  • Best photograph, painting, or print: Douglas McKenna for "A Unit Domino", 106 x 66 cm, GiclĂ©e print, 2015.
  • Best textile, sculpture, or other medium: Mark Donohue for "Suspended Helical Stair", 45 x 23 x 23 cm, String, Plywood, 2018.
  • Honorable Mention: David Bachman for "Computational Wings", 23 x 35 x 3 cm, Laser etched acrylic, 2019.

Award announcement as seen in the news release.

See previous winners

Next Award:  January 2021

Nomination Procedure: 

Art Exhibit Submission Instructions