Towson to host 2012 Bridges Conference

Largest interdisciplinary art and mathematics conference attracts participants from around the world

colored tubesTOWSON, Md. (June 12, 2012)—Towson University will host the 2012 Bridges conference, which highlights the myriad connections between mathematics and the arts. The five-day event will take place on campus July 25-29, and feature guest speakers, paper presentations, educational workshops, a movie festival and a juried art exhibition, among other highlights.

The conference will amass over 250 participants from universities in more than 30 countries in an attempt to cross disciplines, discover new ideas, and develop new ways of teaching math and science using tools from disciplines such as art and music.

Its objectives are to introduce participants to innovative and integrative techniques that promote interdisciplinary work; to allow mathematicians and artists to meet, present their work and exchange ideas; and to provide an opportunity for attendees to improve their understanding of disciplines outside their primary area of study.

During the conference, practicing mathematicians, scientists, artists, educators, musicians, writers, computer scientists, dancers and more will come together for mutual exchange and encouragement. Important components of the conference include gallery displays of visual art, working sessions with practitioners and artists, and evening musical or theatrical events.

Preceding the conference will be two art exhibitions.

Held in the Asian Arts Gallery June 29-July 29, Mathematics of Light will feature the work of multidisciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang, whose work, composed mostly from aluminum cans, tubing from hospital oxygen masks and other recyclable materials, creates an immersive environment that allows viewers to interact with it. An opening reception with the artist will take place Friday, June 29, 7-9 p.m.  For additional information about the exhibition, call 410-704-2807 or visit

A juried exhibition titled Bridges: Connections Between Art and Mathematics will be on display in the Center for the Arts Gallery June 30-July 29. The large exhibition represents the artwork of more than 90 participants from over 30 countries in a collection that incorporates mathematical themes. The exhibition will feature oil and watercolor paintings, digital prints, and metal, wood and three-dimensional printed sculpture. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 29, 7:30-9 p.m.

To learn more about the conference or to register to attend, visit


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