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Charles Csuri aka Chuck Csuri, is a pioneer in the field of computer art
Computer art
Computer art is any art in which computers play a role in production or display of the artwork. Such art can be an image, sound, animation, video, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, videogame, web site, algorithm, performance or gallery installation...

 and a former All American college football
College football
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Digital art

Charles Csuri is best known for pioneering the field of computer graphics, computer animation and digital fine art, creating the first computer art in 1964. Csuri has been recognized as the father of digital art and computer animation by Smithsonian
Smithsonian (magazine)
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, and as a leading pioneer of computer animation by the Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world...

 (MoMA) and The Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group Graphics (ACM SIGGRAPH
ACM SIGGRAPH is the New York–based Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. It was founded in 1969 by Andy van Dam ....

). Between 1971 and 1987, while a senior professor at the Ohio State University, Charles Csuri founded the Computer Graphics Research Group, the Ohio Super Computer Graphics Project, and the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design, dedicated to the development of digital art and computer animation. Csuri was co-founder of Cranston/Csuri Productions (CCP), one of the world's first computer animation production companies. In 2000 Charles Csuri received both the 2000 Governor's Award for the Arts for the best individual artist, and The Ohio State University Sullivant Award, that institution's highest honor, in acknowledgment of his lifetime achievements in the fields of digital art and computer animation. His current exhibition "Beyond Boundaries" is a retrospective of seventy of his most groundbreaking works of computer art. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to museums in Europe and Asia. He is the founder of Ohio State's celebrated research center, The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).


Csuri is in the Football Hall of Fame as M.V.P. in the Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Conference
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 and captain of the Ohio State University
Ohio State University
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's first national championship football team in 1942. He was a 16th round selection (154th overall pick) in the 1944 NFL Draft
1944 NFL Draft
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 by the Chicago-Pittsburgh Cardinals-Steelers
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Csuri is a World War II
World War II
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 veteran and served his country from 1943-1946. In 1945 Csuri received the Bronze Star
Bronze Star Medal
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  for heroism in the Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the Bulge
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After WWII, Csuri returned to Ohio State to complete his M.A. in art in 1948. In 1949 he joined the faculty of the Department of Art The Ohio State University. In 1978 he became a Professor of Art Education and in 1986 a Professor of Computer Information Science. He is still a professor Emeritus at The Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design The Ohio State University.

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