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The work of two PCC students displayed at an International Computer Graphics Conference this month

Published Monday, August 3, 2015
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College students Micah Yarber and Patrick McCoy were asked to display six pieces of artwork created in their Digital Effects and Animation Technology (DEAT) classes at the College. The work will be showcased at the International 2015 SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) conference.

Submissions were reviewed by a jury composed of top practitioners in the relevant field prior to being accepted at the conference. Yarber and McCoy’s work will be displayed alongside other student work from around the world at the Los Angeles Convention Center from August 9-13. The exhibit will also be viewable on a large video screen that loops continuously. In 2014, approximately 100 pieces of student work was presented.

When asked about his experience at PCC Yarber commented, "By my own choice, it's been a long, and enjoyable ride at PCC! First getting my Fine Arts degree, and now halfway through the DEAT program... [I] think I might miss it here when I'm finished. It was well worth it though, for the knowledge and experience I gained, and with all the hype that I hear about SIGGRAPH and how awesome it is, I feel honored to be able to have my artwork displayed there. Hard work and patience really does pay off!”

McCoy added, “Prior to signing up for the PCC DEAT program I had only used Photoshop once. I can really see a lot of improvement over the four years I have been working on my character designs. I’m really happy that my work is going to be seen by so many people at the SIGGRAPH 2015 convention.”

In addition to the display of PCC student artwork, Paula Hindman, Instructor/Coordinator, Digital Effects and Animation Technology, was asked to serve on “The Studio” subcommittee at the conference. “The Studio” provides a unique forum to engage with outstanding professionals and academics who focus on content-creation in digital, physical, social, and other outlets in an effort to inspire future collaboration beyond the conference.

ACM SIGGRAPH is the Association for Computer Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies. It was founded in 1969 and enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities. The annual conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques, including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world and tens of thousands of computer professionals.

Photos:
Top: Micah Yarber with a sample of his artwork.
Bottom: Patrick McCoy with a sample of his artwork.
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