Women’s History Month: Featuring Women of the SIGGRAPH Community

by | 17 March 2023 | Conferences

Image credit: John Fujii © 2022 ACM SIGGRAPH

In March, the United States celebrates Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day is recognized globally. Every day, women advance the computer graphics and interactive techniques industry with their innovations and passion. In honor of this annual celebration, take a look at some of our favorite articles featuring women creators, animators, artists, and more who are advancing our industry.

SIGGRAPH Spotlight: Episodes 60 and 61 — Latinas in CG (Part 1 and Part 2)

This special two-part SIGGRAPH Spotlight mini-series features incredibly gifted Latinas in the computer graphics field, hosted by SIGGRAPH 2022 Student Volunteer Chair Diana Arellano. Listen to part 1 and part 2.

‘Glacier’s Lament’: An Ode to Glaciers’ Magnificence and Fragility

The SIGGRAPH 2022 Art Gallery selection “Glacier’s Lament” represents the beauty, fragility, and magnificence of glaciers. We connected with Jiabao Li to learn more about the Alaskan glaciers that inspired this project and how it personifies climate change and the loss of glaciers. Read more.

Cameraless Photography With ‘RAY’

Weidi Zhang’s interactive AI artwork on “RAY” captures the visualization of a human-machine reality by transforming audiences’ portraits into an ever-evolving visual representation that combines graphics with abstraction and empathy. SIGGRAPH caught up with Zhang to discuss the inspiration behind her SIGGRAPH 2022 Best in Show Art Gallery installation. Read more.

‘Go Forth and Make What You Want to See in the World’: One Animator’s Advice to the Next Generation of Women in Graphics

Kyra Kupetsky is a 2D animator living in Burbank, California, and was the star of SIGGRAPH’s first Women’s History Month career profile in 2021. If you read her profile, you’ll understand why! Read more about Kyra’s journey, where she finds inspiration, and the best advice she’s received. Read more.

‘True growth doesn’t happen in a vacuum’: Domee Shi Discusses Directing, Drawing, and More

During Women’s History Month 2022, we sat down with Pixar Animation Studios Director Domee Shi, who won an Academy Award for her short film “Bao” — a SIGGRAPH 2018 Electronic Theater selection. Shi is a directorial voice for identity and expression through transformation, first through food and now through animals. Read more about her remarkable career journey.

Recap: ‘Women of Influence – Pioneers and Change Makers’

In 2021, Women of SIGGRAPH Conversations and the ACM SIGGRAPH History Committee hosted a conversation between five women who have been instrumental in the development of computer graphics and the history of SIGGRAPH. Tune in here.

‘Be That Champion’: A Game Developer’s Uplifting Advice for the Next Generation of Women in Tech

Dr. Evie Powell is the president and creative director of Verge of Brilliance, engineering manager for Proprio, a gaming fan, and champion for those rising in the industry. We had the opportunity to sit down with Evie to hear about her contributions to the gaming industry, what technology she thinks deserves more love (hint: outer space and robots make an appearance), and the best advice she has for those coming up in tech, especially gaming and science. Read more.

SIGGRAPH Spotlight: Episode 22 – Women in Computer Graphics

For International Women’s Day in 2019, we had the privilege to sit down with these remarkable women in computer graphics to discuss the state of women in computer graphics and the ways each guest is helping to bring about positive change. Listen now.

There’s more where that came from! Browse the ACM SIGGRAPH Blog for even more inspiring stories from women in computer graphics, and stay tuned for more information about SIGGRAPH 2023 taking place this August in Los Angeles!

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