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New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts captures the spirit of women working in digital media arts and education in the Midwest. These pioneers made essential contributions to the international technological revolution, helping to catalyze what we now think of as the age of digital and social media.

Our Herstory Screening Room features works that emerged from seminal events that took place at the University of Illinois and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1980s-2000s, in a fertile environment combining social feminist change, artistic energy, and technological innovation. While women artists in Chicago, marginalized in traditional venues, built a network of independent galleries and exhibit spaces to house and highlight their work, interdisciplinary Renaissance Teams at the University of Illinois developed advanced academic computing communities that created a bridge to the humanities and forged new partnerships between the artist and the scientific environment. Behind this revolution lay a history of social change, artistic innovation, women’s civic leadership, and breakthroughs in science and technology.

Please enjoy a curated video art selection of featured works that were included in New Media Futures:

HERSTORY Reflections from Ellen Sandor : NCSA Celebrates Donna Cox, 2022

"It is an honor to celebrate Donna’s important contributions to the arts and sciences and to the many academic communities she belonged to. Donna Cox is a living legend and an authentic pathfinder. It has been a real joy, honor and blessing to collaborate with her and her exceptional team. Donna is a heroine for new generations of women who are aspiring leaders in the arts and STEM for being voices of change in our evolving world . . . "


On April 11, 2022, Donna J. Cox was celebrated by NCSA Director, Bill Group, at the UIUC Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for her "groundbreaking achievements in scientific visualization that had international impact and recognition.” She was honored as the Michael Aiken Chair Emerita and Director Emerita of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Advanced Visualization Laboratory, the Illinois eDream Institute, and Professor Emerita in the School of Art & Design, College Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"When NCSA hired Donna Cox, her legendary visualization work led to an academy award nomination and paved the way for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics."


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