SIGGRAPH 2009 Announces Call for Submissions

ACM SIGGRAPH announces the 2009 Call for Submissions for contributors and volunteers at the 36th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 3 – 7 August 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Showcasing works by some of the most creative artists, entrepreneurs,
researchers, and technologists across the globe, SIGGRAPH is the premier
forum for computer graphics and interactive techniques in the world. New
for the 2009 conference, SIGGRAPH will expand its scope to include
focuses on the fields of music and gaming.

Each year, the content presented at SIGGRAPH
provides an opportunity to view the best technological breakthroughs and
advancements in multiple fields. In no other environment is there such a
high-caliber of computer graphics and interactive content provided,
stated Ronen Barzel, SIGGRAPH 2009 Conference Chair. The
additional focus on music and gaming content this year is evidence of
SIGGRAPHs continuing commitment to foster the
fusion of science, art, and technology.

For focused ideas on how individuals can contribute to SIGGRAPH 2009,
see the Calls for Submission for:

Submissions will be reviewed by a highly-qualified jury composed of top
practitioners in each relevant field. Curated work will also be
presented. Due to the comprehensive decision making process involved
with each programs jury, submission deadlines
are several months ahead of the conference itself.

Important submission deadlines are as follows:


Thursday, 8 January 2009


Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Volunteer Team Leader Applications

Monday, 9 February 2009

General Submissions:

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

, Courses,

Aesthetics Sho

, Panels,

Volunteers Applications

Monday, 23 February 2009

Computer Animation Festival:

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

, Real-Time

Late-Breaking Work:

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

, Late-Breaking


All deadlines are 22:00 UTC/GMT

For more information and complete details on this years
submission process, visit the SIGGRAPH
2009 Call for Submissions


SIGGRAPH 2009 will bring an anticipated 20,000 computer graphics and
interactive technology professionals from six continents to New Orleans,
Louisiana, USA for the industry’s most respected technical and creative
programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming,
interactivity, education, and the web from Monday, 3 August through
Friday, 7 August 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
SIGGRAPH 2009 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services
from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 4-6 August
2009. More than 200 international exhibiting companies are expected.
More details are available at

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery,
is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society,
uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue,
share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the
computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership,
promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical
excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by
providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and
professional networking.

Urban Legends and Country Tales

An Exhibition at the Bonita Museum International art show, running Oct 4 to Nov 15
A large exhibition showing the work of some forty-two artists from around the world opens on the 4th of October, 2008 at the Bonita Museum, Bonita, California.
The Digital Art Guild brings an international print exhibit to the San Diego area. Fifty outstanding prints demonstrate the multiple directions art has taken in the contemporary art world – both in pluralism of styles and the hybridism of technique and media.

The opening and public reception for Urban Legends and Country Tales will be 6 to 8:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 4th.  Admission is free to the Bonita Museum, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902.  Hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm – Wednesday through Saturday. For museum information, contact Vicky DeLong, Museum Director, 619-267-5141.

The Digital Art Guild has been running for five years in San Deigo. It worked closely with the San Diego Art Institute in its first International Digital Fine Art Exhibit in 2006. The Guild’s members include authors of digital art, including Joe Nalven (The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists), Jack Davis (How to Wow: Photoshop CS3 for Photography), Stephen Burns (Advanced Photoshop CS3 Trickery & FX (Graphics Series), and Cher Threinen Pendarvis (The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book).

Urban Legends exhibition

An educational display will join the print exhibit, including digital media on metal, canvas and duratran prints in backlit boxes. The educational display is being organized by Jim Respess. For more information on the education exhibit, contact Jim at

Artists represented in Urban Legends and Country Tales are from San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Hawaii, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, England and Canada.

For more information, visit the DAG web site:

The jurors for this exhibit included Don Archer, the founder in 1993 of the world’s largest online computer art museum – MOCA []  ; Andrew Darlow, photographer and author of 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, and editor of and ; and Mel Strawn an artist for over six decades; published in Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists.

Instead of picking a best of show and risking a compromise choice, the jurors opted to pick their own personal favorite.

Mel Strawn picked Urban Totelm Poles by Fred Marinello. Mel observed that “the image is both graphic and effective in the color/space language of painting. The luminous, overall tonality, play of textures and color and complex organization of space, including integration and contrast of the near and far structures (poles, wires and buildings) all create a symphonic transformation of a common, even grubby reality we’ve all seen around us.”

Andrew Darlow was drawn to Room With a View by Pete Axcell. This is a beautiful image that almost looks as though it was photographed without any human intervention. This image conjures up so many different thoughts about how man and nature interact (and are affected by) one another. Urban legends and country tales often center on relationships between nature and people, and this masterfully produced image achieves that, despite the fact that there are no people in the image. Is this a warning about global warming? Maybe it’s simply an illustration of the artist’s ideal living room. The viewer can decide for him or herself what it means, and that’s the power of great art.

Don Archer picked Marie Otero’s Robotic Stepford Wife – Version 2060.
For more information, contact 

Every Image Has a Story

When it comes to selling your photography and art there is one great aid. Make sure that you have a story about or involving each image. People love a story.
One of the things that those of us who are serious about making images forget, whether photography or art, is why other people buy images. We are focused on the beauty of the image, or its symbolic meaning or whatever.

So why do people buy art? Well there are, of course, many reasons. Some will buy purely for their own enjoyment, some from a collector’s mentality and others to enhance their surroundings.

No matter the personal motivation, most people who buy art will, in some way, share it with other people in their lives. It may be a conversation with a friend over coffee, down at the gym or while picking the kids up from school or at a dinner party. Describing images is a challenge for most people. But telling a story comes naturally to many. If the artwork has a story attached to it, it makes life much easier.

At gallery openings I have a tendency to watch the artist. I guess all photographers are voyeurs but I find it very enlightening. Many of the artists and photographers that I see doing very well from exhibition sales know how to spin a yarn. As they chat with potential buyers they have an interesting story about every image in the show, “You know, when I shot this…” or “I have to tell you this about this image, I had a proof hanging in my studio and …”. You can see the way it changes how the potential buyer views the work. Now I am sure few are directly thinking “Wow, if I buy this I will have a great story for my next dinner party”, though some will. For most I think that it draws them into a deeper engagement with the work, adds depth and interest and increases the feeling that they just must have that image, that their life will be the lesser if they have to let it go. This same idea holds in other venues than galleries: it is applicable at art fairs and markets, online and in a portrait or wedding studio (helped here by the buyer’s own stories about the images). Obviously the length of the story and how much time you have to tell it needs to be different in these varying contexts, but the idea is the same.

Selling is still selling and it is easy for artists and photographers to loose sight of this about their work. Sometimes people need just one more reason to buy. Make sure you give it to them.

The Permanent Tourist

An exhibit by PhotoArts Group from April 30 to May 24 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Press Release

What is tourism really about? What if tourism was a permanent way of life? Are we all permanently tourists?

Twenty-seven San Diego County photographers have explored those ideas for a month-long show titled “The Permanent Tourist” that opens April 30 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

“Our aim in choosing a somewhat ambiguous theme for this exhibit is to challenge our membership and to create an added dimension for our audience,” said Will Gibson, former president of The PhotoArts Group and a member of the curating committee.

“Each artist has a unique response to the theme,” Gibson said. “We feel that we’ve succeeded in a significant way to create a collection that invites the viewers to ponder these differences and not only be entertained but also enlightened by deciding for themselves what a permanent tourist is.”

A companion book will be available for sale during the April 30-May 24 show featuring images in the exhibit and essays about how The Permanent Tourist engages the photographer.

Photograph by Fred Zuill - Normandie
Photograph by Fred Zuill – Normandie

Photo artist and PAG member Larry Herzog reflects on the importance of this exhibit and on the importance that photographers play as they confront, as we all do, the whirlwind changes of the 21st century.

Photography by Joe Nalven - Reading at the Wall
Photography by Joe Nalven – Reading at the Wall

“Who will be the cultural and environmental warriors of the 21st century?”

            The photographers in The Permanent Tourist exhibit were asked “what it means to be a permanent tourist on life’s journey.  How do we see the world as tourists?  What does it mean to be a tourist?”

            Herzog points out that “photographers, by the very nature of what they do, are invested in a zen-like act:  freezing fragments of the visual landscape, and hinting at their larger poetic meaning.  Photographers are voyeurs of the earth and its cities.  They capture nature’s exquisite details, snippets of the grandeur of towns and cities, the choreography of people in unique landscapes.

“In the best of cases, photographers remind the viewer to slow down.  They are the archivists of what we need to save on the planet.”

About The PhotoArts Group

The PhotoArts Group is based in Escondido but its members come from around the county. The 27 professional and amateur photographers whose art  will be displayed in the show live in San Diego, Escondido, Vista, Poway, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, Chula Vista and Temecula.

PAG was created in 2003 when a group of photographers in Southern California joined together to show their work. PAG artists sought new and interesting venues to display their work by showing the group’s portfolio to the owners of coffee houses, galleries, libraries and theaters.

PAG has since mounted numerous successful shows. Recent venues ranged from ArtWalk in Little Italy and Spanish Village Gallery 21 in Balboa Park to Poway Center for the Performing Arts and the Human*Nature show in Escondido, where PAG converted an empty retail space into a full gallery with over 100 images in December 2007.

            PAG photographers’ work encompasses a wide variety of styles and media, ranging from traditional gelatin silver to old and new alternative processes as well as digital imaging. Most of the fine art photos that the group displays is available for purchase.

Exhibit information
The Poway Center for the Performing Arts, at 15498 Espola Road, is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please phone the center at (858) 668-4693 for weekend hours.

Admission to the gallery area is free.

A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, May 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and the public is invited.

 For more information, visit the PAG Web site and the Web site for this exhibit at

A list of artists in Permanent Tourist

Beth Bruton, San Diego
Sabina Buzaljko, San Diego
John Clark, Oceanside
Betsy Domanski, Temecula
David Dye, Carlsbad
Will Gibson, Escondido
Peter Gorwin, Escondido
Steve Gould, San Diego
Ron Ham, Encinitas
David Hamilton, Vista
Larry Herzog, San Diego
Kim Hirsch, Carlsbad
Fred Marinello, Escondido
Viki Miller, Vista
Gordon Moat, San Diego
Joe Nalven, Poway
Judy Olesen, San Diego (Rancho Bernardo)
Judith Preston, Carlsbad
Georgia Ratcliffe, Escondido
Paul Sewell, Chula Vista
Susan K. Smith, San Diego
Nicole Toesca, Vista
Sally Reis Vogt, Escondido
Patty Waite, Vista
Mary Waring, Escondido
Fred Zuill, Poway
Kim Zuill, Poway


The highly anticipated Winners Showcase goes live on the same week.
Press Release

Create Magazine is proud to announce the Winners Showcase for The Create Awards 2007 hits newsstands – in all five regional editions of the NOV+DEC issue of Create – on Nov. 12th. The highly anticipated Winners Showcase goes live on the same week.
“The amount of entries we received this year was phenomenal…the wide range of talent and diversity in this year’s submissions from across the globe made the contest highly competitive,” said Jerry Brown, President of Create Communications and Publisher/Founder of Create Magazine and The Create Awards.
“It’s only fitting we reward such talent with national exposure in both our print publication and online, and provide prizes they can actually use in their creative jobs,” Brown added.
Out of the 2,400 pieces entered, only 235 received awards such as Silver and Gold Awards, Best of Category, Best of Student, eight (8) Best of Industry Prize Packages totaling $2,500 worth of prizes each, and the coveted $30,000 Best of Show Dream Studio Prize Package.

The Best of Show piece is a film+video entry titled “The Art of Science” by Eyeplay TV. “WAITING ON QUOTE from DAVE”

This year’s entries spanned across the globe, and were judged by 20 leading professionals in the eight creative industries.

The Create Awards
The Create Awards is one of the top competitions for working creative professionals across the nation and is open to all creative professionals and students working in advertising, film and video, motion graphics, graphic communication, photography, printing, interactive media, and copywriting. The competition spans eight industries and includes more than 300 categories.

About Create Magazine
Create Magazine’s mission is to inform, connect, inspire and educate creative professionals. First published in 2001, Create Magazine is an award-winning, bimonthly creative industry magazine published for those who produce or require creative services and products. As a networking resource, Create Magazine provides an insider’s perspective on the people, news, trends and events that influence both local and national advertising and creative production industries. With five regional editions nationwide, each issue features articles by local community leaders who are the trusted source for information and commentary on the Advertising, Design, Printing, Photography, Film and Video, Animation and New Media industries, in addition to national content from industry experts. To find out more, visit Create Magazine online at


Exhibition call for artists using digital prints
Digital’07: Pattern-Finding

9th Annual International
Exhibition of Digital Prints
to be held at
the New York Hall of Science
October 6, 2007 – January 27, 2008
Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

“Pattern-finding is the purpose of the mind and the construct of the universe. There are an infinite number of patterns, some of which are known; those still unknown hold the key to unresolved enigmas and paradoxes.” – Agnes Denes, 1967 (1)   

Historically, pattern has been reinterpreted by artists from the earliest of times. From the incised pictograms on the walls of Egyptian tombs, the stunning cut-outs of Matisse, America’s pieced and patchwork quilts, to the everyday pattern of light and shadow that captivates many contemporary photographers — pattern has captured the artist’s vision.
For Digital’07, we are specifically looking at how structure and pattern in the universe, whether visible or invisible to the naked eye, have become the muse for many contemporary digital artists. We seek to explore how today’s scientific fields of systems science, chaos and string theory, fractals, nanoscience, genetics, molecular science, the wavelets or frequency of sound, or a myriad of other mathematical data-sets have influenced today’s artists, scientists, and technologists in creating 2-dimensional art of exquisite pattern.
And let’s not forget the oldest source of pattern, nature itself! As Galileo is quoted to have said: “Nature’s great book is written in mathematical symbols.” Nature is, of course, an infinite resource for the lover of pattern.

(1)  From “Evolution and the Creative Mind,” written in 1967 by Agnes Denes and delivered as a lecture in 1974 at the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

CO-JURORS:   JD Talasek, Director of Exhibitions & Cultural Programs at The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, and ASCI founder/director, Cynthia Pannucci will co-curate this year’s exhibition. [Click here for short bios]
OPEN INTERNATIONAL CALL:   We invite your submissions to this year’s digital print competition that will have a physical exhibition at the New York Hall of Science, plus a corresponding online exhibition at the ASCI.ORG website.  

Aug. 20, 2007:   Deadline for receipt of entries to ASCI
Aug. 29, 2007:   Notification of Juror Selections [via email]
Sept. 18-22, 2007:   Artworks to arrive at museum
Oct. 6, 2007:   Exhibition opens at New York Hall of Science
Oct. 6, 2007:   Exhibition opens at ASCI website
Jan. 27, 2008:   Exhibition closes at New York Hall of Science

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We hope you will enjoy PATTERN-FINDING , a vibrant new area of contemporary art. The online exhibition will launch on October 6, 2007.

ASCI was one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the digital print as a valid fine art product in 1998 by organizing an afternoon panel discussion, “Collectibility & the Digital Print.”  This event was held in The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York City, in conjunction with ASCI’s first international digital print competition/exhibition.
Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI)
19-years serving the art-sci-tech field


Sony photography exhibition captures Australian imagination

Real Photography collection celebrates life as art
Press Release
Sony Australia today opened the doors to its first photo exhibition, with a collection of images from real photographers. Each image was selected from Sony’s online Gallery, where everyday Australians were able to upload and exhibit their captured moments. 
As part of its search to uncover Australians with an eye for photography, Sony has chosen one promising real photographer to have their image appear in an upcoming campaign for Sony’s digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera – the DSLR-A100. This gives the winner a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their photography featured in high profile national magazines, including the(sydney)magazine, the(melbourne)magazine and The Weekend Australian Magazine.  
Flower shop owner, Charles McKean of NSW, used an overseas holiday as inspiration for his winning entry:  The Musician.  The winner and finalists can be viewed on the Sony web site at
Charles McKean said, “I took this photo while in Laos as I was astounded by the man’s serenity and the joy with which he played the instrument. This image makes you feel the music, even without hearing the sound. I submitted it to the Gallery as I wanted to be a part of Sony’s online community of photographers and to compare my photo with other people’s shots. I am so excited to have been chosen out of so many quality entries. The opportunity to be exhibited publicly is fantastic. The recognition is both humbling and wonderful.”
Tim Rich, Group Manager of Corporate Marketing Communications at Sony Australia, said, “Real photography is about taking a personal view of the world and sharing it with other people. It doesn’t have to be about a technically perfect shot, but it is about everyday people capturing a moment and evoking an emotion. Charles’ image and all the photos in the Real Photographers exhibition perfectly represent this vision.”
The images selected for the exhibition were judged by photographic industry members Brent Williams, Director of Australian Commercial and Media Photographers and Philippe Ruttens, Editor of Capture Magazine, as well as Marcus Cornish, D-SLR Product Manager, and Tim Rich, both from Sony Australia. 
The Real Photographers exhibition will appear at The Clock Hotel, Surry Hills, NSW, from now until late January 2007. The Gallery continues online at, and features a wider collection of thought-provoking images. 
The search for real photographs by real people was launched to coincide with the arrival of the first D-SLR camera from Sony. Represented by a new brand –  (“alpha”) – the A100 forms the basis of a complete Sony camera and lens system for enthusiast photographers. Featuring class-leading image stabilisation and anti-dust technologies to give you the very best start as a real photographer, the A100 marks a significant step for Sony in the digital imaging arena.
The camera is complemented by a choice of lighting systems and accessories, plus an extensive range of compatible Sony system lenses including premium optics from Carl Zeiss. 
About Sony:
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony Australia Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of Japan.  With a wide range of products across three main segments, consumer products, broadcast & professional and information technology products, Sony has become a leading electronics company in Australia.

Seven Women Artists present â

An exhibition of fine art to be held in Gallery 21, Spanish Village located at Balboa Park from November 16, through November 29, 2006. The show celebrates the creative accomplishments of these seven award-winning female artists.
Gallery 21-Spanish Village
Balboa Park
1770 Village Place
San Diego, CA 92101
“There Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame”
Seven Women Artists present “There Ain’t Nothing like a Dame.”
An exhibition of fine art to be held in Gallery 21, Spanish Village located at Balboa Park from November 16, through November 29, 2006. The show celebrates the creative accomplishments of these seven award-winning female artists. They are:
Shandel Gamer: Pastel on Board
Shandel Gamer is a member of several art and wildlife organizations including the Wildlife Artists Association.  She is a past President of the La Jolla Art Association.  Of her art Shandel says, For me, art has always been a personal and solitary journey. I began this journey as a child and despite the various roads taken; I find that I always return to my art.  In the end, my paintings reflect a personal need to connect with other human beings. When people see my portraits or wildlife paintings, I hope that they see something which they identify with and which ultimately connects them with one another.
Karen Howard: Pastel
Karen Howard is a member of the San Diego Portrait Society, the Pastel Society of San Diego and the La Jolla Art Association.  Karen spent her childhood on the coast of New England.  She was fascinated by the movement of the sea; whether water currents on the ocean’s surface or the spectacular explosion of energy and light in a breaking wave.  Thirty years ago she began her study of art with a pencil and a pad of paper and later discovered the wonders of painting with pastels.  Of her pastel paintings she says, The immediacy and tactile nature of this medium suited my needs and has excited me ever since. It has taken many years for me to come to the point in my life where I am comfortable in my ability to capture the movement, the light and the dynamics of the ocean on paper.
Dana Levine: Photography
Dana Levine studied art history and chemistry at Barnard College and then earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University.  After moving to La Jolla ten years ago, she picked up the threads of her interest in art.  She is a member of several art organizations including: San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, San Diego Watercolor Society and the La Jolla Art Association where she serves on the Board of Directors.  Of her photography she says, Artists and scientists strive to see nature with a fresh eye.  As a scientist turned artist, I explore the inner richness of nature and the human form in a visual medium, looking for the structure underneath the surface, using the original colors our eyes combine together.
Wilma J. Lopez: Encaustic (wax)
Wilma Lopez is a member of several art organizations including Huachuca Art Association, Inc., Foothills Art Association, San Diego Museum of Art, Artists’ Guild and the La Jolla Art Association where she served on the Board of Directors.  Of her art she says, Through my encaustic paintings I try to create unique original works which perfectly balance my knowledge of color and technique.
Eileen Mandell: Digital and Traditional Photography and Painting
Eileen Mandell is an artist and an educator. I teach Photography and Digital Arts at the high school and community college level. Of her work Eileen says, Photography is always the source-the seed of my ideas. I love capturing detail, and expressing movement. I often compress the passage of time, and incorporate depth, through the use of digital collage. I believe people are made up of layers of time, passions, and experiences. Blending imagery allows me to peel away time, and expose layers that may have faded but are still part of what we were and who we are.
Caroline Morse: Oil, mixed media, collage, photography
Caroline Morse is a member of the San Diego Art Institute and the La Jolla Art Association.
Of her art Caroline states, My paintings are interpretive realism with an emphasis on color,
space and light.  I seek to capture energy and emotion, combining substance and meaning
with aesthetics.
Marcy Stinton: Manipulated Fused Glass
Marcy Stinton is a member of the Art Glass Association of Southern California, the San Diego Art Institute and the La Jolla Art Association where she has served on the Board of Directors.  Of her glass work she says, I enjoy creating unique images in my mind and then recreating them in glass. The challenge for me is how to fuse together different metals, glass types, colors and textures to bring these images to life.
The public is invited to an open house/reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, November 19, 2006 from 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Gallery 21 in Spanish Village. Gallery 21 is located in Balboa Park at 1770 Village Place, San Diego.  “There Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame” is open to the public daily: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery will be closed Thursday, November 23rd in honor of Thanksgiving.  There is no admissions fee.
For further information, please contact Shandel Gamer, at 619-562-5791.