In Memoriam Maureen Nappi (1951-2023)

The Board of Directors of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Maureen Nappi and we wish to share our deepest condolences with Maureen’s family and friends. Maureen was a dedicated contributor to the chapter and member of the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board during the 1980s and 90s. Here is her bio:

Maureen Antoinette Nappi died peacefully in her sleep on June 19, 2023, while visiting family in Haymarket, Virginia. Maureen was born on May 1,1951 in Philadelphia to Michael Anglo Nappi and Quintina Marie (Marziani). She is survived by a sister Maryann Lanchoney, nieces, nephews, and loving cousins and friends.

An American Association of University Women Doctoral Fellow, Maureen received her Ph.D. in the Critical Studies Area in the Department of Art and Arts Professions from New York University in 2002. A tenured Professor of Media Theory, an accomplished educator in the Media Arts Department at Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, Maureen was a scholar, a prolific writer, and an artist. She retired in 2021.

Following her graduation from West Catholic High School, Maureen began her education at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia where she was initially captivated by photography and filmmaking. She moved to New York and earned a B.F.A. from the Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in 1976. Maureen began to explore narrative structure, experimental cinema, and animation and earned an M.A. in the Cinema Studies Department also at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in 1978. While experimenting with film, video, and computer art, Maureen became interested in fusing contemporary music with her moving images and new forms of image-making.

In 2011, she presented her work at the United Nations’ 55th Commission on the Status of Women. She was a member on the, Board of Directors for the past 20 years, and served as President in 2012. A member of Veteran Feminists of America, she was awarded a “Keeper of the Flame Award” by the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY. Her work has been widely presented, published, and exhibited nationally and internationally in such venues as: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY; The New York Digital Salons; The Franklin Institute of Science Museum, Philadelphia; Art Futura-Virtual Reality, Barcelona, Spain; The Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan; IMAGINA, Monte-Carlo, Monaco; The IBM Gallery of Science and Art, NY; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; and the London Film Festival.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Maureen’s memory may be made at the Humane Society of New York

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