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Awards

ACM SIGGRAPH presents five awards to recognize exceptional achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The awards are presented at the annual SIGGRAPH conference. Award nominations are welcome and encouraged. Nominations should be brief; one nomination for a person is just as powerful as 10. The awards committee compiles a list of nominated individuals and examines each carefully, along with others the committee feels are worthy of consideration.  

ACM SIGGRAPH members are invited to nominate individuals for awards by contacting the award chairs:

  • Nominations for the Computer Graphics Achievement Award and the Significant New Researcher Award may be submitted by contacting the Technical Awards Chair before 31 January each year.
  • Nominations for the Steven Anson Coons Award may be submitted by contacting the Technical Awards Chair before 31 January of each odd-numbered year.
  • Nominations for the Outstanding Service Award may be submitted by contacting the Outstanding Service Award Chair before 31 January each year. 
  • Nominations for the Distinguished Artist Award  for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art may be submitted by contacting the Artist Award Chair by mid-December each year. 

 


The Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics

The Steven A. Coons award is presented in odd-numbered years to to honor lifetime contribution to computer graphics and interactive techniques.

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2013 Turner Whitted

2011 James T. Kajiya

2009 Robert L. Cook

2007 Nelson Max

2005 Tomoyuki Nishita

2003 Pat Hanrahan

2001 Lance J. Williams

1999 James F. Blinn

1997 James Foley

1995 José Luis Encarnação

1993 Ed Catmull

1991 Andries van Dam

1989 David C. Evans

1987 Donald P. Greenberg

1985 Pierre Bézier

1983 Ivan E. Sutherland


The Computer Graphics Achievement Award

The Computer Graphics Achievement award is given each year to recognize an individual for an outstanding achievement in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

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2013 Holly Rushmeier

2012 Greg Turk

2011 Richard Szeliski 

2010 Jessica Hodgins

2009 Michael Kass

2008 Ken Perlin

2007 Greg Ward

2006 Thomas W. Sederberg

2005 Jos Stam

2004 Hugues Hoppe

2003 Peter Schröder

2002 David Kirk

2001 Andrew Witkin

2000 David H. Salesin

1999 Tony DeRose

1998 Michael F. Cohen

1997 Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz

1996 Marc Levoy

1995 Kurt Akeley

1994 Kenneth E. Torrance

1993 Pat Hanrahan

1992 Henry Fuchs

1991 James T. Kajiya

1990 Richard Shoup and Alvy Ray Smith

1989 John Warnock

1988 Alan H. Barr

1987 Robert Cook

1986 Turner Whitted

1985 Loren Carpenter

1984 James H. Clark

1983 James F. Blinn


The Significant New Researcher Award

The Significant New Researcher Award is awarded annually to a researcher who has made a recent significant contribution to the field of computer graphics and is new to the field. The intent is to recognize people who have already made a notable contribution very early in their careers and are likely to make more.

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2013 Niloy Mitra

2012 Karen Liu

2011 Olga Sorkine

2010 Alexei Efros

2009 Wojciech Matusik

2008 Maneesh Agrawala

2007 Ravi Ramamoorthi

2006 Takeo Igarashi

2005 Ron Fedkiw

2004 Zoran Popović

2003 Mathieu Desbrun

2002 Steven J. Gortler

2001 Paul E. Debevec


The Outstanding Service Award

The Outstanding Service Award is presented annually to recognize a career of outstanding service to ACM SIGGRAPH by a volunteer. It recognizes an individual who has given extraordinary service to ACM SIGGRAPH, both in the trenches and in positions of more responsibility or visibility, over a significant period of time. The criteria used to evaluate the award include the importance of the service and the degree of sacrifice incurred by the volunteer. 

Nominations should include:   

  • Name(s) of the individual(s) being nominated (address and/or phone number and/or email address are also appreciated).
  • A description of the service(s) to ACM SIGGRAPH and time period.
  • A statement by the nominator describing the significance of the service(s). Additional letters of support and other materials are not necessary but will be appreciated.
  • Nominator’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.

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2013 Mary Whitton

2012 David Kasik

2010 Kellogg S. Booth

2008 Stephen Spencer

2006 John Fujii

2004 Judy Brown and Steve Cunningham

2002 Bertram Herzog

2000 Tom DeFanti and Copper Giloth

1998 Maxine Brown


The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art

The Distinguished Artist Award is presented annually to an artist who has created a substantial and important body of work that significantly advances aesthetic content in the field of digital art. ACM SIGGRAPH members are invited to nominate individuals for the Distinguished Artist Award by contacting the Artist Award Chair by mid-December each year. Nominations should include: 

  • Name(s) of the individual(s) being nominated (address and/or phone number and/or email address are also appreciated).
  • References to web sites showing the artist's works and texts when applicable  (multiple references are welcome).
  • Nominator's name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  • A statement describing the significance of the artist's contributions according to the following criteria: 

The artist has been contributing internationally to the digital arts for more than 20 years. The artist has produced important work(s) that is (are) referenced in digital art history, theoretical papers, and/or books. The artist has established an unexplored area in the field of digital art. The artist has been advancing the use of digital technologies in creative expression. The artist has contributed to the history and/or theory and/or practice of digital art through writing and presentations at conferences and symposia.

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2013 Manfred Mohr

2012 Jean-Pierre Hébert

2011 Charles Csuri

2010 Yoichiro Kawaguchi

2009 Lynn Hershman Leeson

2009 Roman Verostko