Leonardo at SIGGRAPH 2019

By Stacy Jerger



Join Leonardo/ISAST at the annual SIGGRAPH conference this year!

Once a year Leonardo publishes the SIGGRAPH journal issue, the result of an ongoing collaboration between Leonardo and ACM SIGGRAPH featuring global innovators who are changing what’s possible in computer graphics, animation, VR, Gaming, and Emerging Technologies.

SIGGRAPH 2019, the world’s leading showcase of digital and immersive art created using computer graphics and interactive techniques, will present a special Art Gallery on the theme  “Proliferating Possibilities: Speculative Futures in Art and Design,” and Art Papers on multicultural and multigenerational points of art/sci/tech. The 46th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 28 July–1 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CA.

The ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art is awarded to Donna Cox, a recognized pioneer in the art of scientific data visualization. Read more

Join Leonardo this year at the SIGGRAPH 2019 conference and view the annual special Leonardo SIGGRAPH journal issue featuring new Art Papers and the Art Gallery (August 2019).

Art Papers

Leonardo/ISAST and SIGGRAPH are pleased to present 11th edition of SIGGRAPH Art Papers showcasing research that explores innovative and provocative projects in a self-reflective manner: multiple views or entry points, multicultural translation, and multigenerational communication. Papers are sorted into four main categories: 1) Project description; 2) Theory/criticism of contemporary digital art; 3) Methods/techniques of creative practices; and 4) History/media archaeology of materials and roles of artists.

To foster dialogue and diversity of topics, Art Papers are presented in one of two types:

1) Long Papers: dedicated to describing concepts, processes, and applicability of advances in science, computer graphics, and interactive techniques. Long Papers are published as a special issue of Leonardo, the journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (MIT Press).

2) Short Papers: dedicated to discussing on-going works and visions. New to SIGGRAPH 2019 is the publication of Short Papers in the conference proceedings of SIGGRAPH, through the ACM Digital Library and ARTECA (the Leonardo Digital Library).

Both Long and Short Papers receive a rigorous and thoughtful review by at least three members of the International Jury, which is composed of renowned scholars, artists, and scientists. We follow the model established with the reputable Technical Papers program.

Art Papers Editor
Everardo Reyes


Art Gallery

The SIGGRAPH 2019 Art Gallery is pleased to announce the return to a juried exhibition, with this year’s theme being, “Proliferating Possibilities: Speculative Futures in Art and Design.” What solutions might we need to thrive in a future full of promise and unknowns?

The SIGGRAPH Art Gallery has always existed as an exhibition for artworks that fuse compelling artistic vision with technological innovation. The pieces featured in the Art Gallery demonstrate the progress we’re making, as well as the questions we’re facing as a global society. Artists have and continue to incorporate hybrid practices, digital fabrication technologies, science, architecture, design, and virtual and augmented platforms in their work as a means of exploration around crucial societal questions.

Art Gallery Chair
Brittany Ransom


Leonardo Events at SIGGRAPH

The SIGGRAPH Art Papers program brings together communities of researchers and practitioners working at the intersections of art, design, humanities, science, and technology.
Reception: Leonardo, Art Papers, and Art Gallery
Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 2:003:30 p.m., Experience Hall: Art Gallery, South Hall K
Mix and mingle with artists, researchers, and authors whose works were selected for SIGGRAPH 2019. Meet the Leonardo team and members of the SIGGRAPH 2019 committee. Sponsored by Leonardo/ISAST and The MIT Press.

Art Papers: Sessions

Space, Territories, Perception
Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 10:45 a.m.
12:15 p.m., Theatre 411, Los Angeles Convention Center

Digital Tools, Archives, Memories
Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 3:455:15 p.m., Theatre 411, Los Angeles Convention Center

3D Print, Design, Installations
Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 10:45 a.m.12:15 p.m., Theatre 411, Los Angeles Convention Center

LEONARDO Birds of a Feather Community Meeting
AI in the arts and design: evolution of “Artistic Intelligence” or rupture?
Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 1:00–2:00 p.m., Experience Presentation Theatre, South Hall J, Los Angeles Convention Center
Join us for a lively dialog about artificial intelligence in the arts and design as a new medium, methods and tools, evolving creative practices and concepts of creativity, authorship and the socio-cultural impacts of machine creativity.
Organizers: Ruth West (University of North Texas), Victoria Szabo (Duke University), Danielle Siembieda (Leonardo)



SIGGRAPH 2019 Digital Arts Party

Wednesday, July 31 6:308:30 p.m., Art Gallery, Los Angeles Convention Center
Joint Art Party organized by the Digital Art Committee, Leonardo/ISAST, ISEA and the Art Gallery


Book an Appointment with Leonardo Managing Director Danielle Siembieda

Connect with Managing Director Danielle Siembieda during the SIGGRAPH conference. Send an email to danielle@leonardo.info to schedule a meeting.