May 2023 marked the return of one of our signature events, Bring Your Own Animation, or BYOA for short, as in-person event. We are now planning for the next two, which are scheduled for June 13 and, most likely, July 11. Stay tuned for more details!
Industry Spotlight 2023 postponed
We have decided to postpone the 2023 Industry Spotlight, originally scheduled for April 14, 2023, to this Fall. We will return to in person but need a little more time to prepare the event properly. Stay tuned to more details, as well as updates on other events we are planning.
Return to in-person?
Three years into the pandemic, Zoom fatigue has really set in.
Attendance of, and (frankly also our) enthusiasm for virtual events has
dwindled. Therefore we have decided to put our virtual events, including
BYOA, on hold for now. The Board of Directors of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is
working on returning to in-person events. We are monitoring the COVID
situation as we want to run our events as safe as possible. Please stay
tuned for updates.
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NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to announce that the premiere screening of MetroCAF 2022 will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 7:30PM Eastern
The show will stream here: https://metrocaf.org/metrocaf/2022/show/
RIP Bruce Wands (1949-2022)
The Board of Directors of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Bruce Wands and we wish to share our deepest condolences with Bruce’s family and friends. Bruce was a very committed member of the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board during the 1980s and 90’s, and received The NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Rick Barry Outstanding Service Award in 2017. Bruce’s bio from that award follows below. We will post further information regarding Bruce as it becomes available.
Bruce Wands joined the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board of Directors in the late 1980s and continued in that role for ten years. From 1993-1995, he was the Curator of the New York Digital Salon, an annual digital art exhibition established by the board that premiered at the Art Directors Club. Bruce was also involved in organizing panel discussions and conferences related to digital art and education. These included the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Educator’s Conference and Multimedia Integration in 1996, Careers for the 21st Century Conference in 1997, and Cybercasting: The TV of the 21st Century? in 1999. Along with Rick Barry, Bruce co-organized the Binary Biker Project, a collaboration between NYC ACM SIGGRAPH and the 1998 SIGGRAPH Conference Outreach Program. Bruce and Rick took their motorcycles from New York City to Orlando, Florida, documenting the journey with a blog and taking digital images every two minutes from a support van with cameras and a Mac computer. In a 2003 interview, Rick singled out the Binary Biker Project as one of his favorite experiences with NYC ACM SIGGRAPH.
In addition to his experience with NYC ACM SIGGRAPH, Bruce continued to be involved with the SIGGRAPH Conference and published and presented talks on The Importance of Creativity in Computer Graphics Education at SIGGRAPH 2002, The Digital Becomes Contemporary in the SIGGRAPH 2003 Art Gallery Catalog, Thoughts on Hesse, Digital Art and Visual Music in SIGGRAPH 2004, and from 2011-2014, Bruce was Chair of the SIGGRAPH Art Awards Committee.After 34 years at the School of Visual Arts, Bruce was named Chair Emeritus of the MFA Computer Arts Department, where he was Chair for 18 years. He began teaching at SVA in1984, became the Director of Computer Education in 1992 and founded the BFA Computer Art Department in 1994 and was Chair from 1994-1998. He has been working in digital media and music for more than forty years as an artist, writer, musician, educator and curator, and has lectured, performed, and exhibited his creative work in the United States and internationally. His books are Art of the Digital Age, published by Thames & Hudson in 2006 and Digital Creativity by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2002. Time Out New York named Bruce as one of the “99 People to Watch in 1999.” His websites are www.brucewands.com and www.artofthedigitalage.com.
MetroCAF 2022 Extended Deadline
The deadline for MetroCAF 2022 has been extended to July 20, 2022.
If you are a student in the NYC Metropolitan Area and created an animation with the help of computer technology, or have an amazing VFX or VR work to share, please consider entering our festival! You have to be a student and the work can not be more than a year old. For details, visit the MetrCAF website:
2022 Elections: Call for Nominees for the Board of Directors
NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is run by volunteers. The NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board of Directors provides direction and oversight for the organization.
It is time for Elections for 2022 – 2024. We are seeking nominees for President, Treasurer, and five At Large Board of Director positions. All nominees must be current members of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH who have been a member for at least one year; members with less than one year membership who have been a primary organizer on an event or presented at an event are eligible to run for the Board. (Nominees for Officer positions must be current members of the Board of Directors.) Experience with the organization as a volunteer is also strongly encouraged, but not required.
If you are interested in running for the Board or would like to nominate someone, let us know. You can nominate yourself using this Google form [link].
If you wish to nominate somebody else, contact the Elections Chair
For the upcoming elections, nominations must be made no later than 11:59PM EDT on Friday, June 15, 2022.
Nominations must be accompanied by the nominee’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. It should also include a brief bio (maximum of 100 words) and a statement explaining why the nominee would like to run for the Board. This statement should be no more than 250 words and address the following items:
- Why do you want to be a member of the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Board of Directors?
- What activities would you like to see NYC ACM SIGGRAPH develop?
- In what areas would you like to participate on committees?
- How will current interests of yours contribute to the board and the NYC ACM SIGGRAPH community?
Board Membership can be truly rewarding
- Board members (Directors) help to direct the vision and mission of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH.
- Board members propose, plan, coordinate, and manage NYC ACM SIGGRAPH events.
- Board members interact with the NYC metro area CG and digital arts community.
- Board members work with industry and academic leaders in this community.
- Board members often serve as mentors for NYC ACM SIGGRAPH volunteers.
Of course, being a BOD member also carries certain responsibilities
MetroCAF 2022 Opens Up!
Submissions are now being accepted for the special 20th Anniversary edition of MetroCAF! Check out MetroCAF.org for more details
The Votes are Tallied
Please join me in congratulation with their unanimous re-election: Scott Lang (vice-president), Mark Reynolds (Secretary) and Danesh Taraporevala (Director at Large)
Three people were written in for a Director at Large position, we will contact them to see whether they are willing and able to serve.
Zoom fatigue has set it, and we all need to get out more. The chapter will be taking the summer off. We will be back in Fall, with our September BYOA and MetroCAF 2021. If you are a student: there is still time to submit to our festival! All current members can expect a ballot for this year’s board election in the mail shortly
Image by Phil Roeder (Flickr)