ACM SIGGRAPH Selects 2019 Conference Chair

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ACM SIGGRAPH announces the selection of Mikki Rose, Fur TechnicalDirector at Blue Sky Studios, as the SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference Chair.Rose, who chaired the Production Sessions during SIGGRAPH 2016 this pastJuly in Anaheim, has been a longtime volunteer and active member of ACMSIGGRAPH over the last 15 years.

“We are thrilled to have Mikki on board to lead the SIGGRAPH 2019conference,” said Rebecca Strzelec, SIGGRAPH Conference Advisory GroupChair. “She has consistently demonstrated superb leadership in hervarious roles with us over the years, starting as a student volunteer in2002.”

Rose hails from North White Plains, NY and has carved out a nicheworking in computer graphics (CG), working on films such as “The PeanutsMovie” and “Hotel Transylvania” and dubbing herself a “CG hairstylist”due to her specialization in fur at Blue Sky Studios — everything fromhair to cloth to feathers and even vegetation. She studied general CGproduction at university and holds BS degrees in Computer Science andDigital Animation from Middle Tennessee State University as well as anMFA in Digital Production Arts from Clemson University. Prior to BlueSky, she lived in California and held positions with Rhythm & HuesStudios and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

“Blue Sky strives to be an innovator of talent and technology,” notedJennifer Tyrrell, VP of Human Resources at Blue Sky Studios. “We havelong enjoyed being part of the SIGGRAPH community; fostering andbuilding relationships within the animation industry and with educatorsalike. We look forward to continuing the journey with Mikki at the helmin 2019.”

SIGGRAPH 2019 will take place in Los Angeles, Calif., 29 July–2 August2019. Given the success of SIGGRAPH 2016, which hosted over 14,000attendees from 73 countries worldwide, and the excitement surroundingthe upcoming SIGGRAPH 2017 conference, Los Angeles will be an excitingvenue for Rose to master.

“I have grown to rely on each SIGGRAPH as an opportunity for renewal ofinspiration in both my professional and personal creative work. Intaking on the role of Chair, my goal is to provide an environment forthose exact activities [to others],” said Rose. “Our industries arechanging and developing at an astounding rate. It is my task toincorporate new techniques while continuing to enrich our long-standingtraditions.”

Rose will follow SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference Chair Roy C. Anthony, Research& Innovation at Christie.

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