2021 Outstanding Service Award: Marc J. Barr

Award Winners

Source: ACM SIGGRAPH Citation

For his long-term service to ACM SIGGRAPH, both to the organization and to the SIGGRAPH Conference, ACM SIGGRAPH recognizes Marc J. Barr with the 2021 Outstanding Service Award.

Marc started his service career as the manager of the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee booth at the SIGGRAPH conference for 1993-96. During this time he also was a general member of the Education Committee and participated in meetings and seminars for planning and development of curriculum for computer graphics. He was Director for Education in 1996-98 and served in that role on the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee (EC). He was Chair of the Education Committee in 2009.

He has served in many different capacities in the SIGGRAPH Conference. In 1994 he served on the sigKIDS Committee. In 1995 and 1996 he was the Co-Chair of the Educator’s Workshop. He was a proposal reviewer for the Educator’s program from 1996-2004. He was 2000 and 2002 sigKids Program Chair. He was on the 2004 Educators program Committee. He served as the 2006 Teapot Exhibition Chair. In this capacity he convinced Martin Newell to come to SIGGRAPH 2006 and sign replicas of the famous teapot. He was Chair of the Educators Program in 2006. 

He served as the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference Chair and was on the Conference Advisory Group (CAG) from 2013-2016. He served as the CAG Chair from 2017-2020 and served in that role on the EC from 2017-2020.

He has served as a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Nominations Committee from 2020 to the present.

Marc is widely admired by ACM SIGGRAPH volunteers and contractors alike for his ability to quietly initiate ideas, forge collaborations, and create an amicable atmosphere to work within.

With this award, ACM SIGGRAPH celebrates Marc J. Barr’s many contributions to both the SIGGRAPH conference and to the organization.