SIGGRAPH to Host CG Pioneer’s Retrospective

Recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as “the father of digital art and computer animation,” Charles A. Csuri will have samplings of his life’s work on display at the 33rd annual SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition in July and August. Showcasing Csuri’s works from 1963 to the present, the retrospective art show, titled ‘Intersections,’ will be hosted in the SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery.

Csuri is best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of computer graphics, CG animation and digital fine art. He is credited with creating some of the earliest known computer art in 1963, helping to set the standards still in place in today’s computer graphics industry. Between 1971 and 1987, he founded the Computer Graphics Research Group, the Ohio Super Computer Graphics Project and the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design, dedicated to the research and development of digital art and computer animation. He is also co-founder of Cranston/Csuri Prods., one of the world’s first computer animation production companies.

“Charles Csuri’s achievements have had an immense influence on the computer graphics industry, as well as thousands of artists worldwide,” says Bonnie Mitchell, SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery chair from Bowling Green State University. “The magnitude of his work is beyond words.”

This year’s edition of SIGGRAPH will be held in Boston from July 30 to Aug. 3, and is expected to attract around 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents. The SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery will feature diverse works of digital art from around the globe. Examples of Csuri’s work can be viewed at www.siggraph.org/artdesign/profile/csuri or www.csuri.com. For more information on the SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery, go to www.siggraph.org/s2006art.