Computer Art Contest


The Computer Art Contest was, perhaps, the first competition and award in the emerging movement of computer art. It was launched by the magazine, Computers and Automation (later: Computers and People) in their January 1963 issue.

As a friend of the founder, chief editor, and co-publisher, Edmund C. Berkeley, of the magazine Computers and Automation, Hertlein, Grace C. played a decisive part for the concept of that first competition in computer graphics. Somehow, a winner was determined whose work, together with that of competing submissions, was presented on the cover of each year’s August issue.

The response to the annual contest was considerable and increasing. The contest contributed to the early establishment of an international network of computer artists. [Source: Ex Machina – Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979. ...]

The first two awards, in 1963 and 1964, went to graphic works by the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratories,

The second prize in 1963 was Stained Glass Window by Electronics Associates Inc.

A purely artistic work received the prize for the first time when A. Michael Noll won the competition in 1965 for his Computer Composition With Lines.

Subsequent prize-winners were:

Nake, Frieder in 1966 with Zufällige Zeichenverteilung.
Csuri, Charles, James Shaffer in 1967 with Sine Curve Man.
Strand, Kerry in 1968 with Hummingbird.
Childs, Tom in 1969 with Circus.

The magazine Computers and People stopped publishing in 1972.

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Winners: A. Michael Noll (in 1965), Charles "Chuck" Csuri (in 1967), Frieder Nake (in 1966), Kerry Strand (in 1968), Electronics Associates Inc. (in 1963), Tom Childs (in 1969)