Donna Cox to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at SIGGRAPH 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

Donna Cox, professor in the College of Fine and Applied Arts’ School of Art and Design and director of the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), will be receiving the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art at SIGGRAPH 2019 next week. She will also be inducted into the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy, which was inaugurated last year and recognizes individuals whose work is influential and has a direct impact on the field as proven through the development of new research or innovations in computer graphics and interactive techniques. 

SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques), now in its 46th year, is the worldwide leading conference on computer graphics and is hosted by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). This year’s conference will take place in Los Angeles, CA, and will feature graphics experts in everything from modeling and simulation to motion capture and scientific visualization.

Cox, who has long been on the cutting edge of jaw-dropping visualizations, is set to be honored for a lifetime of innovation. She and her team have created visualizations for museums, exhibits and even feature films. Through her work, Cox has cemented Scientific Visualization as not only something that inspires awe but also has great educational and research utility.

"I've been participating in the SIGGRAPH Conference since 1984 and watched it grow to over 35,000 attendees at one point. SIGGRAPH represents the premier conference for the international community of interdisciplinary researchers using computer graphics," continued Cox. "I am especially honored because the SIGGRAPH represents my 'tribe' in the field and includes important mentors, students, and academic colleagues throughout my life."

Cox will receive her award during the award ceremony on Monday, July 29, starting at 9:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. Central, and will be presenting at the awards at 3:45–5:15 p.m. Pacific. A live stream of the presentation will be available on Youtube and Facebook Live.