BGSU scores at leading digital arts conference

Winning prints by Melissa Griffith

Once again, Bowling Green is making its mark in the international SIGGRAPH exhibition, taking place in Los Angeles this week (Aug. 11-15).

Hosted by the Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Technologies, the annual conference will draw an estimated 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and the Web.

BGSU senior Melissa Griffith, a digital arts major from Cleveland, has won third place for her series of prints in the student competition called SpaceTime. Only 40 works were selected for the exhibit out of more than 200 entries worldwide. Another student, Wayne Silasi of Uniontown, also had work accepted into the exhibit, which was curated by Dr. Dena Eber, chair of digital arts. The works were juried in a “blind selection” process, of which Eber was not a part.

Eber and digital arts colleagues Anthony Fontana and Bonnie Mitchell will be presenting a talk Thursday (Aug. 14) on "Artistic Expression Using Second Life in the Classroom." Selected from over 1,000 entries, the presentation focuses on educational opportunities in the arts in Second Life and summarizes aspects of their work. Second Life is a three-dimensional, virtual environment open to multiple users.

BGSU art faculty and students have been leaders at SIGGRAPH for a number of years, from serving on committees to exhibiting their work to curating various divisions. Last year, a trio of Bowling Green students won the top prize in the world's first international FJORG! “Viking Animator” Competition, held in conjunction with SIGGRAPH. In 2005, Mitchell’s students were invited to produce the promotional video for the conference’s Emerging Technologies exhibit. Mitchell, a past member of the executive board, chaired the 2006 Art Gallery—which Eber chaired in 2001—and Heather Elliott-Famularo, also digital arts, was chair of the ETech venue in 2004.

August 11, 2008