ACM SIGGRAPH awards exceptional achievements

Each year, ACM SIGGRAPH presents nine awards recognizing exceptional achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference. The selection process is the responsibility of seven committees and is supervised by the awards chair.

Awards Committee Chair

John F. Hughes

Awards Committee
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Term: 2021-2024 (2nd Term)


Steven Anson Coons Award

Recognizing outstanding creative contributions to computer graphics honouring an individual’s lifetime contribution.

Computer Graphics Achievement Award

Recognizing outstanding achievement in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Significant New Researcher Award

Recognizing a recent, significant contribution to the field of computer graphics from a researcher new to the field.

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Recognizing a recent doctoral candidate who has successfully defended and completed their Ph.D. dissertation in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Outstanding Service Award

Recognizing a career of outstanding service to ACM SIGGRAPH by a volunteer.

Distinguished Artist Award

Recognizing an artist who has created a substantial and important body of work that significantly advances aesthetic content in the field of digital art.

Practitioner Award

Recognizing outstanding contributions to the practice and advancement of Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Distinguished Educator Award

Recognizing outstanding pedagogical contributions to computer graphics and interactive techniques at any educational level or within the context of any discipline.


Honoring a group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of computer graphics and whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Current Recipients

Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics

Markus Gross

For his research contributions in geometry processing, physically-based simulation, and face capturing and animation, as well as his contributions in bridging industry and academia in computer graphics.

News Release

Computer Graphics Achievement Award

Michiel van de Panne

University of British Columbia

Significant New Researcher Award

Justin Solomon

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Xue Bin Peng

University of California, Berkeley

Honorable Mention for 2022:

  • Yuanming Hu, MIT

Outstanding Service Award

Barb Helfer

The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art

Vera Molnár

ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award

Iñigo Quilez

Pol Jeremias

SIGGRAPH is honored to present the 2022 ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award to Pol Jeremias and Iñigo Quilez for the development of Shadertoy and other contributions to computer graphics

ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award

Ed Angel

University of New Mexico, emeritus

ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class

Marc Alexa

T.U. Berlin

Paolo Cignoni


Hans-Peter Seidel

Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik

Peter Shirley