The first 25 SIGGRAPH conferences have both inspired and been supported by the evolution of computer graphics imagery. Computer graphics has progressed from its early years of visual existence proofs by engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to today's personal visual expressions by designers, architects, and artists. In 1998, the technology serves a very broad spectrum of users, from researchers who produce meaningful images to gain insight into their abstract worlds, to fine artists who produce art that reveals nothing of the computer's key role in supporting their creativity.
This exhibit provided a visual impression of contributions from computer graphics laboratories covering more than 25 years. Criteria for inclusion in this tribute were a balance of substance underlying the imagery and striking visual impact. In addition, there was a balance of long-term sustained contributions with short-term focused contributions. Robin Forrest, Jim Blinn, and Pat Hanrahan, acting as the jury, were asked to select laboratories based on those criteria.
Twelve laboratories were presented in the exhibit:
The University of Utah
New York Institute of Technology
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
California Institute of Technology
Pixar Animation Studios
Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Washington
Laboratory principals provided images and names to represent their organizations. The result was a richness of imagery that summarizes some of the key developments in computer graphics.
Historic Laboratories Exhibit Chair
University of Utah