Patric Prince, American art historian and collector of computer art: papers

Scope and Content

Computer artists (1953 - 2004); Patric Prince: personal research (1964 - 2005); computer art exhibitions (1953 - 2005); computer art documentation (1961 - 2004); computer art conferences and symposia (ca. 1953 - ca. 2005); computer art reproductions (ca. 1953 - ca. 2005).

Administrative / Biographical History

Patric Prince is an American art historian and collector of Computer Art, who followed and documented its rise from the earliest days. She was responsible for organising some of the key computer art exhibitions, including the SIGGRAPH retrospective in 1986, as well as lecturing and writing on the subject extensively. Prince's husband Robert Holzman worked for NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena, where computer graphics animations were being produced in the Computer Graphics Laboratory from 1977 onwards for the purposes of scientific research. Owing to the forward-thinking nature of the laboratory, and Holzman's own interest in the fine arts, artists were able to exploit the potential of the powerful equipment.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given by Patric Prince, 2009.

Conditions Governing Use

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