New York State Council on the Arts Supports First International Survey Exhibition of Digital Art
Exhibit Marks 10 th Anniversary of New York Digital Salon
New York City Premiere
Fritz Jellinghaus
Jellinghaus & Associates
Renee Schacht
New York Digital Salon
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New York, February, 2002-The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded a grant to support the New York Digital Salon's groundbreaking exhibition of international digital art, and the accompanying international symposium, opening in New York City in late 2002. The exhibition and symposium are being organized by the New York Digital Salon to mark its tenth anniversary.

The exhibition will be the first ever to showcase historic and contemporary benchmark works selected by a team of leading new media curators from cultural institutions around the world highly regarded for their own pioneering initiatives showcasing digital art, including New York's Whitney and Guggenheim museums. The two-day symposium will feature panel discussions, lectures, webcasts, master class workshops, music performances, and artist studio tours.

During its ten-year history in the forefront of digital art, the New York Digital Salon, founded in 1993, has been dedicated to the exhibition, study and promotion of digital art in all its genres. Increasingly recognized as a significant force for digital art, the Salon hosts an annual exhibition, educational and public programs, and provides a Web site, webcasts and a catalogue accompanying the exhibition.

Curators for the exhibition include:

  • Joel Chadabe, President, Electronic Music Foundation, New York
  • Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
  • Jon Ippolito, Curator, New Media Arts, Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Dorine Mignot, Curator New Media Arts, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Gregor Muir, Kramlich Curator of Contemporary Art, Tate, London
  • Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator, New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe Germany
  • Christine van Assche, Chief Curator of New Media, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • Benjamin Weil, Curator of Media Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Director of the New York Digital Salon is Bruce Wands, who has been guiding the annual exhibition since its inception in 1993. Wands is Chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Department of Computer Art and Director of Computer Education. Consultants working with Wands on the design and execution of the 10th anniversary program are Fritz Jellinghaus (Consulting Director, Corporate Development & Marketing) and Nina Colosi (Consulting Producer, Creative Development).

"We are deeply grateful to the New York State Council on the Arts," said Bruce Wands, Director of the New York Digital Salon. "This grant will help us realize our plans for the exhibition, symposium, Web site and webcasts. It supports our efforts in bringing this emerging art form to the people of New York."

The New York Digital Salon grew out of the pioneering commitment to computer creativity at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1982, eleven before the first Salon, SVA founder Silas Rhodes and president David Rhodes supported a group of forward-thinking educators and artists in the establishment of one of the first academic programs to teach digital art, resulting in the first MFA program in Computer Art in the United States in 1987. In 1993, they prompted the establishment of one of the earliest exhibitions of digital art in the first New York Digital Salon.

New York State artists, jurors, scholars and audiences have joined people from all over the country who have participated in the annual Salon.