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Donna Cox

Archive of Digital Art (ADA). “Donna Cox – artist profile”. (retrieved 2009-26-09). @online{ADAartistprofile, author = {Archive of Digital Art (ADA)}, title = {Donna Cox artist profile}, url = {}, urldate = {retrieved 2009-26-09}
Cox has authored many papers and monologues on computer graphics, information design, education, and scientific visualization. She developed the concept of "Renaissance Teamsî in 1987 and has given over 100 invited presentations of her academic research that includes keynote addresses in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, and Italy. Inviting institutions include MIT, Princeton, ATR at Kyoto, Kodak, Motorola, Eli Lilly. She has been a Distinguished Lecturer at the T.J. Watson Research Center in NY. Coxís work has been reviewed, published, or cited in more than 100 publications including Newsweek, TIME, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, Science News, New York Times, The Scientist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, EDUCOM, Cinescape and Discover magazine. Her work has appeared on international television, including NOVA, CNN, and NBC Nightly News. She has appeared in numerous television programs including "Good Morning America" and "The New Explorers." The national PBS television special, "The Infinite Voyage: Unseen Worlds," featured her as a pioneering artist in scientific visualization. She is currently being featured on the Discover Magazine Series, Disney Channel. She is also being featured in ìLife by Numbers,î Public Broadcasting Station, first in a 7-part series, initally broadcast in Spring 1998. Cox has exhibited computer images and animations in more than 100 invitational and juried exhibits in the past nine years, including shows at the Bronx Museum of Art in New York, Everson Art Museum in New York, Feature Gallery in Chicago, Feature in Chicago, Frick Art Museum in Ohio, Oregon Art Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin. Her creative works have been shown in many exhibitions around the world including Digicom in Canada, and Nicograph in Japan, "L'Agrifoglio" in Milan, Italy, and Eurographics '87 in Nice, France. Her interactive computer installation was a part of "The Interactive Image," and exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, computer Museum and the Saibu Gas Museum in Japan. She has had several one-woman exhibitions including a supercomputer art exhibit at the Arts in the Academy, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington D.C. Cox has authored many book chapters, articles, and monologues on the use of visualization in art, science and design imaging. Her writings were some of the first to outline visualization techniques for scientific data using computer graphic iconic symbols. She coined the term "Renaissance Teams" in 1986 to describe interdisciplinary groups of experts who collaborate to solve visualization problems. Cox's work has been shown and reviewed in major international publications and television. She has been featured on Disney Channel, PBS and national radio show. Her work on "Cosmic Voyage" IMAX film has been reviewed internationally, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997. She has lectured around the world in more than 120 presentations and has enthusiastically supported interdisciplinary collaboration efforts among the arts and the sciences. Cox has participated in several large-scale commissions. She was the Associate Producer for Scientific Visualization and Art Director on the IMAX film ìCosmic Voyage,î produced for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM). This film is now traveling to more than 34 IMAX theaters around the world and has been seen by more than 3.4 million people. It was nominated for Academy Award in 1997. She has just completed a large project with the Hayden Plantarium, American Museum of Natural History, to visualize the planetarium opening sequence which will be seen by millions of people. This sequence involves the visualization shows 'never seen before' data of the distribution of galaxies and the large-scale structure of our universe. She is currently workingon an Nova HDTV show, "Runaway Universe" to be aired on November 21, 2000. She was appointed to the National Research Council,Committee on Modeling and Simulation: Opportunities for Collaboration Between the Defense and Entertainment Research Communities, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, 1995-1997. She is currently serving as an elected council member of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) Strategic Council, Internet 2 Commission. (source:

2006 Databasing the Brain: Data to Knowledge (Neuroinformatics), winner for the Best New Professional and Scholarly Publishing division (PSP) / Databasing the Brain: Data to Knowledge (Neuroinformatics), winner for the Best New Professional and Scholarly Publishing division (PSP) of the American Association of Publishers, February 7, 2006.
2005 Finalist, World Technology Summit Award 2005 / Finalist, World Technology Summit Award 2005
2005 SIGGRAPH 2005- DomeFest, three works selected / NCSA Visualizations to be Shown at SIGGRAPH, DomeFest
2005 SIGGRAPH 2005 - Electronic Theater, one work selected /
1999 Chair External Initiatives, MNC, School of Art & Design (UIUC)
1999 Appointed Editorial Advisor and member of the editorial board for Leonardo Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
1997 Assistant Director, Virtual Director Group, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
1997 Academy Award "Cosmic Voyage" IMAX film / Associate Producer for Scientific Visualization and Art Director "Cosmic Voyage" IMAX film 94-96 premiered August 1997, nominated for Academy Award in documentary short subject.
1996 SIGGRAPH 1996 - Film and Video Show excerpt from "Cosmic Voyage". / SIGGRAPH Film and Video Show 1996 excerpt from "Cosmic Voyage".
1992 - 1992 2nd place Animation Competition at NCGA (National Computer Graphics Association) / National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA) Animation Competition, 2nd place Academic Category, 1992, Anaheim, March 9-12, 1992, Video Theatre
1992 Professor, School of Art & Design, Graphic Design Option University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)
1992 Co-Director, Scientific Communications and Media Systems (NCSA)
1992 Publisher's Award, computer animation, from Fresh Electronic Publishing. Cash award 92
1991 - 1991 NCGA Conference and Expo 91, 1991, "Venus & Milo" 2nd Place, Academic Category.
1990 - 1992 Associate Professor, School of Art & Design, UIUC
1990 Associate Director for Technologies and Director for Graphic Technologies, School of Art & Design, UIUC
1989 - 1992 Associate Director for Numerical Laboratory Programs, NCSA
1989 - 1992 Elected to the board of Directors ACM SIGGRAPH Special Interest Group in Graphics
1989 - 1990 University Scholars Award and Grant, from the Office of the President
1989 Project Leader/Principle Investigator, Renaissance Experimental Lab
1989 Coler-Maxwell Medal for Excellence / International Society in Arts Science and Technology Coler-Maxwell Medal for Excellence 1989.
1987 - 1990 1st Prize Art and Entertainment at NICOGRAPH / NICOGRAPH, Tokyo,
JAPAN 1990, Computer Graphics Animation Category;
JAPAN 1988, 1st Prize;
JAPAN 1987, 1st Prize, 1987 and 1988, contributed as one of the principal investigators and information designers.
1987 SIGGRAPH Film and Video Show / SIGGRAPH Film and Video Show, 1987, Research in Information Design.
1985 - 1989 Adjunct Professor, NCSA
1985 - 1988 Visiting Assistant Professor, UIUC
1985 MFA in Computer Graphics Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison
1982 BA University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Publications & References
Malloy, Judy. Women, Art, and Technology. Leonardo, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.
Cox, Donna. »Algorithmic Art, Scientific Visualization and Tele-immersion: an Evolving Dialogue with the Universe.« In Women, Art, and Technology, edited by Judy Malloy. Cambridge, London: The MIT Press, 2003.
Cox, Donna. »What Can an Artist Do for Science: "Cosmic Voyage" IMAX Film.« In Art@Science, edited by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, 53-59. Wien, New York: Springer, 1998.
Cox, Donna. »What Can an Artist Do for Science: "Cosmic Voyage" IMAX Film.« In Art@Science, edited by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, 53-59. Wien, New York: Springer, 1998.
Cox, Donna. »Caricature, Readymades and Metamorphosis: Visual Mathematics in the Context of Art.« In The Visual Mind, edited by Michele Emmer, 105-112. Cambridge, MASS: MIT P, 1993.