Art Gallery: Submission Info

The Art Gallery submission deadline was 18 February 2009.

We are looking for exceptional works of art, completed in the last two years, by artists who engage technology and the natural world in their creative process. Our aim is to gather a compelling and varied group of creative projects that relate to the SIGGRAPH 2009 Juried Art Gallery theme:

BioLogic: A Natural History of Digital Life.

Art projects appropriate for the BioLogic theme will likely reference one or more of the following areas of interest:

  • Morphology and Physiology. Works that focus on the form, structure, and function of living or life-like things. Keywords: species, organism, plant, anatomy, biotechnology, bioengineering, chimera, hybrid, mobility, taxonomy, classification, transplantation, prosthesis, human, plant, animal, microorganisms.
  • Process. Works that focus on biological processes such as growth and development. Keywords: genetics, evolution, adaptation, mutation, variation, emergence, strategy, photosynthesis, symbiosis, reproduction, decay, extinction, metamorphosis, differentiation.
  • Habitat. Works that focus on the physical environment of a living species or population. Keywords: ecology, community, biogeography, macro-, micro-, nano-, climate, pollution, extreme, outer space, marine, desert, prairie, garden, park.

All forms of digitally mediated work are eligible, as well as work made in traditional media that comments on technology. International projects, three-dimensional works, and kinetic or interactive pieces are encouraged and, if selected, the gallery space will be designed to accommodate them.

Artists and scholars are also encouraged to submit proposals to for Talks, Discussions, or Art Papers that address themes related to the exhibition.

Use the BioLogic Art Gallery online submission form to submit the materials and information listed below. Please review submission requirements and prepare your work for submission carefully. Submissions that are not related to the BioLogic theme or that do not fulfill the submission expectations will not be reviewed. Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 18 February 2009. For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the BioLogic Art Gallery submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site, conference art catalog, and promotional materials (page 3)
  • Up to three images and one video that visually describe your submission (page 3). Please see below for more information about required information and materials

Submission details:

You may submit more than one project; we recommend three. Use a separate submission form for each project. One or more may be chosen for exhibition.

For each project, include:

1. Basic information about your work: title, date of completion, size, weight, and media used, along with installation requirements.
2. A summary description of the work (100 words).
3. An artist's statement indicating the conceptual trajectory of your work, the role technology plays in your creative practice, and how the work you are submitting relates to the BioLogic theme (300 words). If you are submitting more than one work, the artist's statement should be the same for each (remember: use a separate submission form for each work).
4. A representative image suitable for use in the conference web site, conference art catalog, and promotional materials.
5. Visual documentation: In addition to a "representative Image," up to four visual files may be included for each submission (three images and one video). At a minimum, include one image. Video documentation is expected for installations, kinetic, or interactive works.

  • Visual documentation images need to be formatted as TIFF files. TIFF files need to be 24-bit (RGB 8 bits per channel), uncompressed, and flattened prior to submission (no layers or transparent objects). Files should be saved at a resolution of 266 pixels per inch and approximately seven inches wide. Height may vary to accommodate aspect ratio, but should be no greater than approximately nine inches. Please note that for accepted works, images for publication in Leonardo will be chosen from the TIFFs submitted.
  • Videos need to be formatted as QuickTime (.mov) files of up to two minutes in length and maximum 100 MB.

6. A statement of permissions to use the submitted materials, along with any credits needed for presentation and publication (for example, name of photographer and/or owner of an artwork).
7. List of project collaborators (if any).

Please take note:

  • All entries must be uploaded to the online submission system. No discs or drives will be accepted.
  • Executable programs, flash documents, or URLs will not be reviewed.

Selections will be made by a panel of digital art experts according to the following criteria: overall impact of the work, relevance to the theme, quality of accompanying artist statement, creative use of media, and depth of critical exploration.

Detailed information and instructions will be sent to artists along with the acceptance letter.

Regarding publication of your work:

  • Special SIGGRAPH issue of Leonardo - Journal of Art, Science & Technology. This issue will be available at the conference, so the editorial board will be working to a tight post-acceptance deadline. Please plan to be available for communications during the first two weeks of April.
  • All work selected for BioLogic will also be documented in the SIGGRAPH 2009 web site, the Electronic Art and Animation Catalog, and the Full Conference DVD-ROM.

Regarding exhibition of your work:

  • We will work closely with you to insure proper and effective installation of your work. In general, accepted artists are responsible for bringing or shipping their work to SIGGRAPH 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans by 29 July 2009. Artists are also responsible for return shipping after the conference. Some financial assistance for shipping may be available for artists who send large or multiple works and for those shipping internationally.
  • You must send exhibition-ready work. Prints must be framed and ready to hang, three-dimensional works must be assembled and ready for display, installation works must be complete with detailed set-up instructions and diagrams, etc. Exhibition installation will be accomplished by professionals, although complex works will need your individual participation, so you will want to arrive early to assist with installation).
  • If your work arrives at the convention center, and it is not as depicted in your submission or is not ready for installation, we reserve the right to exclude it from the exhibition.


  • You must sign and return an Acceptance Agreement one week after acceptance.
  • You must also promptly complete and return:
    Shipping Information Form
    Equipment Rental Form
    Networking Form
    Insurance Form

Other Details:

  • You will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.
  • If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2009, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2009 Recognition Policy.
  • Information regarding framing and crating of work can be found here.

18 February
Deadline for submissions.

23 February - 30 March
Review and Jury of submissions.

Early April
Artists notified of jury results by email.

13 April
Final materials due from accepted artists for publication in Leonardo.

Shipping, insurance, and installation arrangements made with accepted artists.

27 July
Deadline for artwork shipments to arrive at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

30 July - 2 August
Exhibition installation.

3-7 August
SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans
Exhibition opening and Leonardo publication celebration (date/time to be determined). 7-8 August
Strike Art Gallery. 10-15 August
Artwork returned to artists.