Patric D. Prince


California State University


Patric Prince is an art historian and theorist specializing in the history of computer art. In addition to teaching at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York; California State University, Los Angeles; and West Coast University, Los Angeles, she has curated new media art exhibitions since the early 1980s. Prince has authored an archive CD-ROM compilation of images documenting past SIGGRAPH art exhibitions between 1981 and 1990. Prince was a co-director and founder of CyberSpace Gallery in West Hollywood and she organized the SIGGRAPH Traveling Art Show from 1989-1996. She has archived an extensive collection of early materials relating to art and technology and is currently an outside consultant for CACHe, Critical and Archival Histories of the Electronic Arts.


Artist, Author, Chair, Jury Member, Committee Member, Collaborators, and Traveling Art Show Chair


Traveling Art Show Chair:

Committee Member:


  • Piece by Piece
    Piece by Piece
    [Michael Cotten]
    [SIGGRAPH 1985

  • Writings and Presentations:

    Title: A Brief History of SIGGRAPH Art Exhibitions: Brave New Worlds
    Writing Type: Paper
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1989: Art Show
    Abstract Summary:

    In 1981, The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics (ACM/SIGGRAPH) sponsored its first exhibition of computer art in conjunction with the annual conference on computer graphics. The 1989 Art Show will be the ninth SIGGRAPH exhibition of computer-aided art. The present effort can not be understood fully without examining the background and scope of previous exhibitions. During this short history SIGGRAPH Art Shows have become important to computer artists since they are the major sites for the exhibition of new work.

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    Title: Computer Aesthetics: New Art Experience, or The Seduction of the Masses
    Writing Type: Essay
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 1986: A Retrospective
    Abstract Summary:

    In the early twentieth century, Modern artists, notably Suprematists, Cuba-Futurists and Constructivists, rejected scientific perspective and descriptive art [1]. Although this dismissal of the world of appearances in art was never accepted by the general public, Modernism evolved from that rejection.

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    Title: The Art of Understanding: Or, A Primer on Why We Study History
    Writing Type: Essay
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2003: CG03: Computer Graphics 2003
    Abstract Summary:

    Why did a substantial number of submissions to the SIGGRAPH 2003 Art Gallery demonstrate a lack of knowledge of the history of digital art? There is an art to understanding creative invention that involves information as well as experience and personal preference.

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