News 2005-2007


OSU's Department of Dance presents a Resident and Visiting Artist Dance Concert | 2007

The performances, Nov 14–17, takes place in the EMMA (Experimental Media and Movement Arts) Lab at ACCAD. Creative new works will be spotlighted from six resident and visiting artists, including OSU’s Norah Zuniga-Shaw, Candace Feck, Shawn Hove, Michael Kelly Bruce and Melanie Bales, and visitors Ming-Lung Yang, Taiwan; and Tania Isaac, Philadelphia. Tickets at the door, $10 general admission, $5 seniors and students with ID.


Dreamworks Visits ACCAD and CSE

Dreamworks Animation will be lecturing and recruiting at ACCAD and CSE this week. On Wednesday, October, 31st, 4:00pm at ACCAD, Dreamworks will present an overview of their company and the kind of work they look for in their hires. Thursday, November 1st at 3:30 pm in Dreese Labs 480, Dreamwork's Jeff Beall will lecture on "How to Build an Animated Blockbuster". This presentation will give an overview of how we use technology at DreamWorks Animation to facilitate the computer animation production process. Lectures are open to students and faculty.


Pioneer Lillian Schwartz to visit OSU | 2007

Lillian Schwartz will be on campus this week to attend a reception in her honor celebrating the exhibition of some of her work at OSU. Schwartz is best known for her pioneering work in the use of computers for what has since become known as computer-generated art and computer-aided art analysis, including graphics, film, video, animation, special effects, Virtual Reality and Multimedia. Her work was recognized for its aesthetic success and was the first in this medium to be acquired by The Museum of Modern Art. In 2005 Schwartz donated her completes archives to Ohio State's Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, which has organized an exhibition of her work at Ohio State's Faculty Club (181 South Oval Mall), on view from November 1 to December 14. Lillian Schwartz: Selected Works will be shown Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 7:00PM at the Wexner Film/Video Theater.


Festival of Cartoon Art | 2007

OSU Cartoon Research Library is holding their 2007 Festival of Cartoon Art
"Graphic Storytelling" October 26-27, 2007
There are a number of prominent cartoon artists speaking, so don't miss this opportunity. More information can be found here -


EMMA is now available for creative research projects | 2007

The Experimental Media and Movement Arts Lab (EMMA) is a new facility now available for creative research projects. We are currently accepting project proposals for the 2007-2008 year from students, faculty and staff of The Ohio State University College of the Arts. Proposals may be for time-based research concluding with a performance event or may be for ongoing creative exploration. Application and expanded information is available at Applications are due May 1, 2007.


Matt Derksen of Rhythm and Hues visits ACCAD | 2007

Digital Artist Matt Derksen, Art and Technology/ACCAD alumni, is returning to ACCAD on April 24th and 25th. Matt will give a talk about R&H and his work in rigging on Tuesday evening, 4/24, at 5pm at ACCAD. April 25 he will review student portfolios. Rhythm & Hues Studios is an Academy Award winning visual effects studio, founded in 1987. The company is located in Los Angeles, California and is best known for its computer generated 3D character animation in such movies The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Elektra, The Chronicles of Riddick, X-Men 2, The Sum of All Fears, and Elf.


World Rock Paper Scissors Society Lauds ACCAD Animation | 2007

A collaborative student animation from Winter Quarter's Procedural Animation class is receiving nice press. "Rock, Paper, Swords", the story of an unfair game of rock-paper-scissors which launches an epic battle between two stick-figure armies, is featured on the World Rock Paper Scissors Society website. World RPS says, "This is a very cool animated short" and encourages its members to see the animation and to look at the group's documentation of the process of making the short. The group of students who made the creative piece includes Chris Armitage, Cara Christeson, Jedrik Eliasen, Mike Ford, Kevin Johnsen, Tim Spicuzza and Eric Stegemoller. The course was co-taught by Professors Rick Parent (CSE) and Maria Palazzi (ACCAD).


Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women | 2007

Applications are now available for ACCAD's summer program, Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women, June 18-29, 2007. Digital Animation is a free summer program in which young women work with women mentors using problem-solving skills and collaborative learning to create digital animation projects. Girls entering the 8th or 9th or grades in Fall of 2007 and attending Columbus area schools are eligible to apply for the summer program. Interested candidates may download the application here or call 292-3416 to request one. The application deadline is March 6, 2007.


PIXAR to visit ACCAD | 2007

Computer animation great Pixar Animation Studios will be at ACCAD to visit with and interview students. Pixar will talk about their work and company on Monday, March 5 at 6pm at ACCAD. CABS bus service to ACCAD is available via the North/South Loop or North Express.


ACCAD Alums Nominated for Academy Award | 2007

Blue Sky Studios, founded by ACCAD alumni Chris Wedge, has been nominated for an Academy Award in animated shorts category for its short "No Time For Nuts". The animation's producer is John C. Donkin, also an ACCAD alumni. The Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 25 in LA. Keep your fingers crossed for Blue Sky Studios!


ACCAD student's in work in Drums Downtown | 2007

Design/ACCAD graduate student Matthew Bain will have his computer animation featured at the OSU School of Music's "Drums Downtown IV" in downtown Columbus, at the Riffe center on Friday, Feb 23rd, and Saturday, Feb 24th at 8pm. The OSU Percussion Ensemble will perform in a program that spotlights new choreography including dancers from the OSU Department of Dance, and the official debut of the OSU Fife & Drum Ensemble. Music Professors Joe Krygier and Susan Powell have invited Matthew to create graphics that synchronize to one of the pieces that they will be performing.


Charles Csuri to show work on Megaconference Jr. | 2007

ACCAD Artist in Residence Charles Csuri will present his current work at the Megaconference Jr, a worldwide videoconferencing event, on Thursday, February 22 at 2:55pm EST. Megaconference Jr presenters conduct Internet-based videoconference activities focused on both academic and cultural issues, such as new ways to teach math or science; new cultural experiences in dance, music and food; tours of ancient places; and African expeditions. Participating viewers around the world can ask questions after the presenters are finished. For more information about Megaconference Jr, please click here.


ACCAD Faculty member to show work at Electronics Alive | 2007

ACCAD/Design faculty member Alan Price has been invited to by the University of Tampa to show his work "Tartarus" at the Electronics Alive IV conference.


Dance & Media Installations | 2007

An evening of dance and media artworks will be held February 10 between 6-10pm in Dragonfly's NEO Gallery (247 King Ave, Columbus). Throughout the evening you can witness a variety of moving sculptures, media works, and interactive soundscapes. Professors Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance) and Marc Ainger (Music), and ACCAD's Matthew Lewis and Vita Berezina-Blackburn are excited to show these still evolving works and to get your feedback.


ACCAD's Animation Airs on the Science Channel | 2007

The Mystery Dinosaur, a collaborative project between ACCAD and Brave New Pictures airs on the Science Channel this month. The one-hour program "is the story of a mystery dinosaur called Jane, that baffled the greatest minds in paleontology from the moment she was unearthed." ACCAD contributed about 10 minutes of computer-generated animation to the project.


The Wexner Center presents Avant Gaming with Artist Cory Arcangel | 2007

The January 10th program features short films created in a variety of media that take most or all of their footage from video games. Artist Cory Arcangel will be on hand to introduce Super Mario Movie and discuss his approach to using obsolete video game programming and computer systems as an artistic medium. More information here


Charles Csuri showcases work at Gigaconference II | 2006

Some of the newest high-definition artwork by Charles Csuri, professor emeritus (ACCAD) -- such as Masks -- will be showcased at Gigaconference II, a Chicago-based high-definition videoconferencing event on Tuesday, Dec 5, 5-7 pm. The Ohio Supercomputer Center will provide the technical expertise, equipment and networking to send Csuri's presentation to the conference, and also will be a remote participant. Csuri will be on hand at the Supercomputer Center (BALE Conference Room, 1224 Kinnear Rd) to provide a short discussion about the development of his computer artwork. Other participating institutions include the Chinese Academy of Science, Indiana University, MIT, National Institutes of Health, Texas A & M, University of Helsinki, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and more. For more information, contact Dan Downing at 688-3949. ACCAD Artist in Residence Charles Csuri will be presenting his current works at Gigaconference II, the large-scale demonstration of high-definition videoconferencing technology and Internet2.

For more information about Charles Csuri and his recent works:
For more information about Gigaconference II:


ACCAD and the Wexner Center for the Arts present John Canemaker | November 2006

Whether as a historian or a filmmaker, John Canemaker is one of the leading figures in American animation. Author of numerous works on the medium's history including Winsor McCay: His Life and Art and Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation, Canemaker is an award-winning animator of profoundly original and personal films. As a historian he is credited with establishing that Otto Messmer is the true creator of the iconic Felix the Cat character, and his own animation has been included in The World According to Garp as well as in episodes of Pee Wee's Playhouse. Canemaker will share his insights on animation history while introducing a selection of his own work including Bottom's Dream, a meditation on A Midsummer Night's Dream, and his 2006 Oscar-winning short The Moon and the Son. Canemaker is currently the director of animation studies in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television in the Tisch School of the Arts. Canemaker will speak in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre.


Microsoft Research Female Academic All-Star | 2006

Lane Kuhlman, a first-year graduate student from the Department of Design currently studying at the OSU Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design (ACCAD), is one of 10 female students from across the US to be named a Microsoft Research Female Academic All-Star. The scholarship will allow Lane to attend the Serious Games Summit in Washington DC in late October. Awarded to 10 female students, the funding allows them to attend the summit, meet with industry experts to discuss issues facing female game developers and learn about career opportunities.

The All-Stars will also attend more than 60 sessions, lectures and roundtable discussions, learn about key issues in the marketplace, get a sneak peek at upcoming serious games and enjoy networking opportunities. Her travel is supported by ACCAD, and the College of the Arts Diversity Fund.


MFA Students Course Project Gains Notice | 2006

MFA students Matthew Bain (Design), Jason Banks (Theater), and Matthew McCarren (Theater) have received an invitation to show their work at the Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture on June 14 - 27, 2007. The work, a performance and installation piece based on a haiku, was created as part of ACCAD and Theatre's Digital and Physical Lighting course. The installation involved a live performance by actor Anthony Trujillo, theater lighting, and projections. The environment is a circular shape used to emulate the shape of the moon, and it also refers to the "circle of life and death" that the haiku relates to. Faces were placed on the floor to illustrate the immense cross-section of society as a whole and remind the viewer that everyone dies or experiences death. Structural pieces were covered in camo netting and play sand lined the circle of faces to give the space an organic feel.


Dreamworks presents a CG Effects workshop at ACCAD | 2006

Dreamworks will present an EFX workshop on Thursday, October 26. This workshop is tied to The DreamWorks Animation Effects Challenge, an intensive summer training program designed to give students a firm knowledge base in the concepts critical to the design and animation of effects in CG feature animation. It covers programming, drawing, rendering, compositing, animation, simulation and the fine art of taking direction. Thursday's workshop will provide an overview of the effects process at Dreamworks and help to prepare students for application to the Challenge program this spring. Following the workshop, Dreamworks will review student work. Both the workshop and portfolio review require a reservation.


Landing/Place Wins Bessie Award | 2006

OSU Dance Department Professor Bebe Miller and the creative team of Landing/Place were awarded a Choreographer/Creators Bessie Award for Landing/Place at DTW. Established in 1983, The Bessies acknowledge outstanding creative work by independent artists in the fields of dance and related performance in New York City.The Twenty-Second Annual New York Dance and Performance Award (a.k.a. THE BESSIES) was presented to Miller and team "for seamlessly melding a dynamic score, digital effects, lighting, sets, and powerful choreography done with maximum commitment into an evocative performance affirming the power of community in Landing/Place at Dance Theater Workshop." Team members are Bebe Miller, ACCAD's Vita Berezina-Blackburn, Maya Ciarrocchi, Kathleen Fisher, Angie Hauser, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Darrell Jones, Albert Mathias, Michael Mazzola, Liz Prince, David Thomson, and Talvin Wilks. More information here


Csuri Exhibition Catalogue Available at the Wexner Center for the Arts, OSU | 2006

Charles A. Csuri: Beyond Boundaries, 1963 – present, an exhibition featuring the art of pioneering computer artist Charles A. Csuri, opened at the SIGGRAPH 2006 conference in Boston in late July. The Beyond Boundaries exhibition catalogue, which accompanies the exhibition, is now available for purchase at the Wexner Center for the Arts Bookstore.

The 176 page full-color catalogue historically contextualizes and critically examines Csuri's art from 1963 – present. The catalogue includes an introduction, scholarly essays, critical entries for select works of art, a biographical sketch, and a historical DVD with voiceover by the artist. The DVD includes early animations from the late 1960s, Real-time Art Objects, recent Generative Movement works from 2006, and more. Other features of the catalogue include Csuri's first plotter drawing, Dignified Lady (1964-65), previously unseen samples from the artists' sketchbook (1964-65), a recreation of the previously lost Random War (1967), and other award winning works, such as Sine Curve Man (1967), Mask of Fear (1989), and Gossip (1991). Janice M. Glowski, Ph.D., ed. Cost: $39.95.


ACCAD Animation Airs on Science Channel | July 2006

ACCAD's animation for "Jane: Mystery Dinosaur" premiered on the Science Channel July 24th. The 1 hour show featured short story segments that included 10 minutes of animation designed by ACCAD and CCAD students. ACCAD students modeled, textured, rigged, animated, lit, rendered and composited segments that brought Jane to life. "Jane: Mystery Dinosaur" is based on a 66 million year old skeleton discovered by The Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois. ACCAD worked on this project with producer Dave Monk from Brave New Pictures (Chicago).


ACCAD's Work with the Burpee Museum of Natural History Wins AAM Award | 2006

American Association of Museums honored the Burpee Museum with the 2006 Excellence in Exhibition Award for "Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur". This competition recognizes outstanding achievement in exhibits from museums, zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens across the country. ACCAD students and staff created interactive exhibits, graphics and animation that are a part of this exhibit. Additionally Burpee received Honorable Mention in the AAM MUSE Science catagory for the interactive exhibit "Meet the Researcher: Dr. Greg Erickson" that ACCAD produced through this collaboration. The MUSE awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in museum media.


SIGGRAPH 2006 to present Charles Csuri Retrospective

ACM SIGGRAPH announces that SIGGRAPH 2006, the 33rd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 30 July - 3 August at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center in Boston, Massachusetts, will present a retrospective of the Charles Csuri's pioneering work in computer art. This will be the first time that Professor Csuri's work, from the first plotter drawing to his most current animations, will be displayed in one venue. Bonnie Mitchell, SIGGRAPH Art Chair will be organizing this show with Dr. Janice Glowski will be curating the works of Professor Csuri. OSU is planning an alumni reception during the conference in celebration of Professor Csuri's accomplishments. For more information email


Fifth-Third Bank Supports Digital Animation Summer Program | 2006

Fifth-Third Bank, Columbus, OH has generously committed $7,000 of grant support to the 2006 Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women. Digital Animation is a free summer program for 8th and 9th grade girls. Each year the program selects fifteen young women with exhibited artistic potential to work with mentors from arts and technology fields at The Ohio State University. For two weeks, the select group of young women works with women mentors using problem-solving skills and collaborative learning to create digital animation projects.


New Video Game Production Course offered in Spring | 2006

This spring ACCAD will be offering a unique video game production class. Over the course of the quarter, a small group of students will work in teams composed of artists, programmers, and sound engineers to create a video game. They'll be implementing the game on a real arcade cabinet built by instructor, Peter Gerstmann. "I've built an arcade cabinet to showcase the students' work" says Peter. "It's very similar to the old arcade machines of the 80's, except it houses a modern computer inside, and runs our games. the arcade machine is full-size (about six feet tall) with a 27" monitor, and can support up to four simultaneous players, each with a joystick and four buttons." This course is offered as Arts Col 753 (02370-2) for Spring quarter.


Alan Price Presents Sun Dagger Project | 2006

Professor Alan Price will be presenting a co-authored paper with researcher Dr. Anna Sofaer (Solstice Project) on "The Sun Dagger Interactive Project" at The 10th Biennal Southwest Symposium on Ritual, Landscape, and Historical Archeology, in Los Cruces New Mexico this month. Alan will also be presenting another co-authored paper with Dr. Sofaer on the same project at the Society for American Archeology, San Juan, Puerto Rico in April.


Landing/Place featured in University's Annual Research Report | 2006

Prof. Bebe Miller and ACCAD have been recognized for their work on Landing/Place in OSU's Office of Research annual report. The report recognizes the research, scholarly work, and creative work of faculty on our campus. "Ohio State dance professor Bebe Miller's rich sensuous choreography is combined with layers of projected imagery derived from motion-capture technology and computer animation-using the resources of the university's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). The spoken word and live music are also part of the presentation that opened on campus in September. The collaborative dance/animation performance will travel to Cleveland, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. A portion of the funding for this project came from the Office of Research and Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Multidisciplinary Grant Program."


ACCAD Presents At MegaConference VII | 2006

ACCAD and the Burpee Museum of Natural History will present their collaborative project Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur to a worldwide audience at MegaConference VII on December 12th. Like any professional conference, presenters and audience members will discuss current projects and developments. Unlike other conferences, hundreds of participants will gather simultaneously from all continents of the world using advanced networks, from universities, K-12 schools, and organizations. Presentations will discuss and demonstrate how groups use videoconferencing in real-world applications. ACCAD and the Burpee Museum used videoconferencing as the main source of communication in their 6-month project.


ACCAD and Dance offer New Ground for Winter 2006

This new interdisciplinary course is open to a small group of graduate students from art, dance, architecture, music, theater, design, computing, communications and other allied fields. Co-taught by Dr. Matthew Lewis and Prof. Norah Zuniga Shaw, this first Cycle of New Ground will focus on creative concepts in interactive performance.


ACCAD and CSE offer Procedural Animation for Winter 2006

Professors Rick Parent and Maria Palazzi will guide collaborative, multidisciplinary groups of students in creating computer animation using procedural methods for modeling, rendering and animating 3D computer generated objects, environments, and characters. The use of techniques such as particles, CSG, L-systems and behavioral interaction will be studied to create animations that emulate physical phenomena and properties.


Virtual Environments and Virtools to be Offered this Winter 2006

Professor Alan Price will be teaching Building 3D Virtual Environments using Virtools, an intuitive software for developing work in the areas of VR, simulation, or gaming without the overhead of intensive programming and development. The course is an introduction to the creation and implications of single and multiple participant 3D virtual environments.


ACCAD welcomes new faculty member - Alan Price | 2005

ACCAD is pleased to announce that Alan Price will be joining ACCAD in the Fall 2005. Prior to joining ACCAD and the Department of Design, Professor Price was an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at UMBC. He teaches animation and directs research in the areas of visualization and immersive environment technologies. His work appears on national PBS documentaries, children's educational programming, The Baltimore Museum of Art and numerous international film festivals.


Bebe Miller Company presents Landing/Place | 2005-2006

Columbus-based choreographer Bebe Miller and her dancers present one of their most ambitious projects and the first since the 2001 Bessie Award–winning Verge. Landing/Place employs digital motion capture imagery, computer animation, live music, video projection, and exquisite dancing to explore themes of sensory, spatial and cultural dislocation. Miller, a professor in Ohio State's top-rated Department of Dance, collaborated with ACCAD staff Animation Specialist Vita Berezina-Blackburn to develop the piece's digital imagery which is derived from motion captured data. Miller utilized the resources of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) motion capture lab and the expertise of ACCAD staff member Brian Windsor to capture the company's movements. Developed with support from the creative residency program of the Wexner Center for the Arts, as well as from the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD) and the College of the Arts at The Ohio State University, Landing/Place opens September 30th at the Wexner Center and is touring nationally.


The Builder's Association Presents SUPER VISION | 2005

 The Builders Association is a New York-based performance and media company that exploits the richness of contemporary technologies to extend the boundaries of theater. Their newest project, SUPER VISION, will explore the ambiguous and changing nature of our relationship to living in a post-private society, where personal electronic information is constantly collected and distributed. ACCAD and The Wexner Center for the Arts were Lead Co-producers on this project. SUPER VISION opens at the Wexner November 2-6, 2005.


Ohio State Students Help Bring Jane the Dinosaur to ‘Life’
June 29th, 2005; Opening at the Burpee Museum

Jane the dinosaur may have lived 66 million years ago . . . but a group of students from The Ohio State University’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) have helped bring the young Tyrannosaurus rex to “life.” The students, led by ACCAD Director Maria Palazzi and Graphics Research Specialist Matthew Lewis, were engaged by a small museum in Rockford, IL, to help create a technological-savvy, interactive exhibit spotlighting the museum’s remarkable new inhabitant. Jane – an incredibly well-preserved skeleton of a juvenile T. rex – was discovered in 2001 in Hell Creek, Montana, by staff members and volunteers from Burpee Museum of Natural History. The group returned a year later and began painstakingly excavating the dinosaur bones to take them back to Rockford. Over the next two years, they spent more than 10,000 hours gingerly picking Jane’s bones out of rock, and planning a new, permanent exhibit that would tell Jane’s story and feature her fully restored skeleton.

That exhibit – “Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur” -- opened June 29 at Burpee Museum in Rockford, about 60 miles west of Chicago. The 2,000-square-foot exhibit tells visitors Jane’s tale, and features hands-on interactive stations, computer-generated animation, colorful graphics and, as its centerpiece, Jane’s fully restored skeleton, which is the most complete juvenile T. rex on display anywhere in the world.
Press release (pdf)