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Copper Frances Giloth

University of Massachusetts
Professor, Art Department
USA
Copper Giloth’s projects take the form of digital environments, digital prints, books, animations, videos, websites and installations. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S., Japan, Canada, and across Europe. Much of her earliest work was among the pioneering efforts in the then nascent field of computer art and computer graphics. She organized the first two international ACM Siggraph Art Show Competitions in 1982 and 1983; the latter travelled to 30 locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Giloth came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985 as an Associate Professor of Art. She served as Director of Academic Computing from 1993 to 2013 when she returned full time to the Art Department to allow her the time to fully pursue her “Labyrinth of Fables” project, the virtual-reality three-dimensional reconstruction of the Labyrinthe that existed among the Gardens of the Chateau de Versailles from 1665 to 1775. This project ties together many aspects of her artistic approach including storytelling, landscapes and gardens, the concept of ‘place’, grids, mazes, and Aesop’s Fables (each of the 39 fountains in the Labyrinthe illustrated a fable of Aesop). Other recently exhibited works include: “Sudoku Diaries: Gaining and Ceding Control” (a two-year “artist’s diary”); her sculpture, “Hidden Family,” based on sculptures, wrapped to protect them from the winter weather, from Versailles; and prints from her “Alphabet of Computer Graphics” series, “Mother-Daughter BIOGRIDS” series, and “The Practice of Daily Life” (“La Pratique du Quotidien”).