Art Show


Art and visualization have always shared a close relationship. Today, it seems closer than ever. Traditional and new media artists are redefining the way that we view science and information, while experts in science, medicine, informatics, and visualization are impacting art practice through new ideas, technologies, and collaborations. The VisWeek 2012 Art Show aims to showcase high-quality artwork that demonstrates the exciting and increasingly prominent intersections between art and visualization while fostering new thinking, discussion, and collaboration between artists, designers, technologists, visualization scientists, and others working at the intersection of these two fields.

Continuing the recipe for success of the VisWeek 2011 art show in Providence, the VisWeek 2012 Art Show will include a combination of juried and invited works. The show seeks artworks that, for example, creatively employ visualization technologies in art practice; explore issues surrounding the role of science, information, and visualization in society; and/or otherwise demonstrate exceptional synergies of art and visualization. Submission of works including 2D and 3D prints, physical objects, and interactive and non-interactive displays are all encouraged, as are collaborative submissions. This year’s show will be closely integrated with the conference activities, with works displayed throughout the conference venue, including in the hallways leading to the conference sessions. Works that can be displayed on or near a wall to fit these spaces throughout the venue are particularly encouraged. We also encourage submissions of performance pieces that could be performed at conference social events and/or promoted as special activities at the conference. A digital catalog describing all the works in the show will be prepared and distributed online and on the conference USB stick distributed to all attendees. The Art Show opening will be co-located with the opening conference banquet. All artists are encouraged to attend.


To submit work to the jury process, email the following materials to art@visweek.org by Monday June 18. These will be used both for review by the jury and to prepare the Art Show digital catalog for the accepted works.  (After acceptance, artists will have a chance to edit the text again before the catalog is integrated with online conference materials and the conference USB stick.) 

(1) Information about the work and the artist. Please prepare a 1-2 page PDF document that includes the following information.

  • Basic information:  Title, date of completion, artists and collaborators, size of work, and media used.
  • A description of the work (up to 200 words).
  • An artist’s statement (up to 300 words) including your purpose, how you make your work, and your theoretical framework / how your work relates to synergies between art and visualization.
  • A description of space needs and plan for displaying the work.  Artists should plan to supply everything needed to display the work in the conference center and either bring the work to the conference in person or arrange to ship it there and back.  If a power outlet is needed, please specify this.  Please do not depend on the conference wireless access, as this may be inconsistent; if wired network access is required, please also specify this.  Please note any other special requirements, and note how much setup time will be required.

(2) Visual documentation of the work. Submit up to three images of the work and optionally one video.  Please include a video for interactive works.

The PDF document and images may be attached directly to your email submission sent to art@visweek.org .  Links to large video files may be included in your email rather than attaching the file.  You will receive confirmation that your submission has been received via return email.


An interdisciplinary jury with expertise in art and visualization will review works submitted to the jury process.  Work will be judged based on the potential impact of the work, the quality of the accompanying artist statement and documentation, the depth and creativity of the exploration, and the relevance to synergies or future synergies between art and visualization.


Notices of acceptance or rejection from the exhibition will be sent via email.  Detailed information and instructions will then be sent out regarding hanging/installing the show.  Artists will be responsible for bringing or shipping their work to VisWeek 2012 in Seattle, WA, USA.


For more information, please contact the Art Show Chairs:

Dan Keefe, University of Minnesota
Bruce Campbell, Rhode Island School of Design
Lauren Thorson, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Email them at art@visweek.org