JSM Data Art Show

Thank you for your interest in displaying your data artwork at the 2018 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, BC, July 28 – August 2.

The exhibition will take place in Hall A, inside the Vancouver Convention Centre, the site for JSM 2018. JSM hosts thousands of professional statisticians from industry, government, and academia, so this is the perfect opportunity to have your data art seen by individuals who love data in all forms!

Data Art Show

Questions related to the art exhibit should be sent to art.show.jsm@gmail.com.

Submission Process

Applications should be submitted via email to art.show.jsm@gmail.com. A complete application will include the artist’s contact information (name, email address, and phone number) and one image for each piece submitted. The name of the file must be in the format [LastName]_[FirstName]_[Title]_[Extension].

For each piece submitted, you should include the following:

  • Title of the work
  • Year the work was created
  • Dimensions of the work
  • Medium used for the work
  • Brief description of the work (including the data set used)

You may submit up to three artworks. In the event the jury is forced to choose among submissions that received comparable scores (due to space restrictions), artworks will be selected in the order in which they appear. You may wish to consider this when ordering your artworks.

Images should be JPEG files with a dimension of 1800 pixels in the larger direction, RGB format, saved with maximum quality.

Nonconforming submissions will not be entered into the review process.


Two-dimensional works will be limited in size to 20” x 28” (including frame), and three-dimensional works will be limited to 18” x 18” x 18”. Exceptions may be made for existing artworks that exceed these dimensions.

Submissions must be received by May 15. Notification of acceptance will be made via email by June 15. If you do not receive an email by June 15, your mail server is probably rejecting the emails.

Review Criteria

When deciding which artworks will be accepted into the exhibit, jurors will review the following:

  • Content (Is your data set compelling?)
  • Artistic merit (We aren’t looking for just data visualizations.)
  • 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.)
  • Innovation and originality (Using data in new and original ways.)

There is a limit of three artworks per artist, including those that are collaborative work. An exception is a group of closely related small pieces that number no more than five pieces and occupy a total footprint of no more than 15” x 15”, which can be submitted as a single piece.

Expectations Upon Acceptance

All artworks should be hand delivered to the art exhibit area by 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. Participants are also responsible for picking up their works at the end of the conference (no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1) and will be expected to assist in set-up and tear-down of the art exhibition as needed.

The artworks will not be insured while on display, so you assume all risk for damage or theft. The conference will provide security for all exhibits, however.

Only accepted work, as shown in your submission, can be displayed. If you bring additional artworks or related materials, they will not be shown. You will be allowed to set out business cards or a single stack of postcards near your artwork.

You are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend, you will be responsible for shipping your artwork to and from the meeting at your expense, although a limited amount of funds may be available for reimbursement after the show. Instructions for shipping will be provided once the accepted pieces have been determined.

NOTE: Artworks should be presented in a manner that would be appropriate for a mainstream art gallery, not a poster session or technical illustration.

Key Dates

  • May 1, 2018 11:00 AM
    Registration and housing open
  • May 31, 2018
    Early registration deadline
  • June 1, 2018 12:01 AM - June 29, 2018 11:59 PM
    Regular registration (increased fees apply)
  • June 21, 2018
    Housing deadline
  • June 30, 2018 12:01 AM - August 2, 2018 11:59 PM
    Late Registration (increased fees apply)
  • July 28, 2018 - August 2, 2018
    2018 Joint Statistical Meetings
  • Program Participants
  • July 18, 2017 - September 7, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session proposals open
  • September 30, 2017
    Online submission of Continuing Education course proposals deadline
  • October 10, 2017 - October 30, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session abstracts open
  • November 30, 2017 12:01 AM - February 1, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online submission of abstracts (all except invited papers and panels)
  • January 11, 2018
    Online submission of topic-contributed session proposals deadline
  • January 15, 2018
    Online submission of Computer Technology Workshop (CTW) proposals deadline
  • January 23, 2018 - April 3, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online submission of JSM Meeting & Event Requests
  • January 25, 2018
    Deadline to request registration extension for government agencies
  • March 29, 2018 - April 18, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online abstract editing open
  • May 17, 2018
    Draft manuscript deadline