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Call for Nominations

It is once again time to elect members to our Board of Directors, including for the position of President and Treasurer.

Please fill out the form below (also accessible through https://forms.gle/oedQe7N8bXef5AK38) to nominate yourself. If you want to nominate somebody else, please contact us.

To run in the election you need to be a member of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH

The deadline for nominations in Friday, July 5.

MetroCAF 2024 Call – soon!

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is excited to announce that we will soon be opening our submission portal for MetroCAF 2024. MetroCAF is the annual NYC Metropolitan Area College Computer Animation Festival organized by the New York City Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH. Started in 2003, MetroCAF has grown into the most important local festival of its kind. It provides an exciting opportunity for all students in the NYC metropolitan area to show their work not only to their fellow students, but also to industry professionals.

We will be accepting submissions through Friday, June 14, 2024.

The website will appear shortly at metroCAF.org/2024

MetroCAF 2024 Co-Chairs: Patty Wongpakdee & Danesh Taraporevala

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Fall 23 In Person Events

We are happy to announce the return of Industry Spotlight and MetroCAF as in person events.

Industry Spotlight, which we had to postpone from April, will take place on Thursday October 19. The premiere screening for MetroCAF 2023 is planned for Thursday November 2. Both events will start at 7pm. More details will be posted soon.

Of course we will also continue our monthly Bring Your Own Animation gatherings, the next one will be on September 19 and feature Hornet as special studio guest!

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 INN.org, 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 https://www.humanesocietyny.org/donations/

BYOA is back in Person

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!

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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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Bruce Wands

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.