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Anne Morgan Spalter

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Anne Morgan Spalter
Born (1965-04-16) April 16, 1965 (age 59)
EducationBrown University
Alma materRhode Island School of Design
Known forAuthor of "The Computer in the Visual Arts"
SpouseMichael Spalter

Anne Morgan Spalter (born April 16, 1965) is an American new media artist working from Anne Spalter Studios in Providence, Rhode Island; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and Brattleboro, Vermont. Having founded and taught Brown University's and RISD's original digital fine arts courses in the 1990s, Spalter is the author of the widely used text The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison-Wesley 1999). Her art, writing, and teaching all reflect her long-standing goal of integrating art and technology.

Spalter's digital mixed media artwork is included in leading contemporary collections in the US, Europe and the Middle East as well as in museums such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI), and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK).[1]

Life and work[edit]

Spalter first used a computer as an undergraduate at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in the late 1980s. Recognizing its unique power to integrate different disciplines, Spalter created an independent major that culminated in a multimedia novel. She also graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and in Visual Art. After three years in New York, Spalter returned to Rhode Island to pursue an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).[2][3]

Spalter initiated and taught the first new media fine arts courses at both RISD and Brown. Finding a lack of teaching aids she wrote the textbook, “The Computer in the Visual Arts.” [4] James Faure Walker, artist, author and founder of the British magazine ArtScribe, describes the book, on its jacket, as: “...the first comprehensive work to combine technical and theoretical aspects of the emerging field of computer art and design.” Alvy Ray Smith was an advisor.[5] Reviews in MIT's Technology Review and other publications provide further details.[6][7][8]

“The Computer in the Visual Arts” has been used in courses at schools from the University of Washington[9] to Bowling Green State University [10] to Pratt Institute.[11] It has also been used at schools outside the US such as King's College London.[12] and Sabancı University, Istanbul.[13] It is on the Victoria and Albert "Computer Art Reading list."[14] As an educator and artist in this emerging field, Spalter has served on editorial boards of publications such as CG Educational Materials Source (CGEMS),[15] and presented in lectures, including the inaugural series for the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing.[16]

In Brown University’s Department of Computer Science, Spalter worked with Thomas J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science Andries van Dam as Artist in Residence and as a Visual Computing Researcher. She has initiated and published on research projects ranging from color theory and its applications to better color selection tools to a large-scale educational effort to raise visual literacy to the same status as reading and writing in core curricula.[17][18][19] In 2007, Spalter left her position at Brown to create art full-time.

Spalter’s art works explore the concept of the “modern landscape” through both the subject matter and the processes used to create the work. She draws on her own travels and digital photographic and video database to create both traditional works and new media still and moving pieces. She is particularly interested in combining traditional strategies with computational processes possible only with the computer.[20]

Her husband, Michael Spalter, Chair of the Board of the Rhode Island School of Design, shares a passion for new media art and is the author of the new media blog Spalter Digital Art Collection.[21] In the 1990s, the two began collecting early art works in the field. They now have the world’s largest private collection of early works in this genre and have lent pieces to the MoMA in New York [22] as well as museums internationally.[23] A show curated from the Anne and Michael Spalter collection was held in 2011 at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.[24][25]


Spalter creates many of her artworks by utilizing an AI generated composition with multiple techniques. Even her drawings and paintings are done using artificial intelligence.

Crypto art[edit]

Spalter creates crypto art, a form of digital art that is related to blockchain technology.

Drawings and paintings[edit]

AI Drawing pastel drawing series "Icarus reaches the worm hole. You are alone and it’s the end of the world.” AI Paintings are oil based paintings using an AI algorithm generated composition.


  1. ^ Victoria & Albert Collection searchable database
  2. ^ Richard P. Morin, Pixels and Paint. Brown Alumni Monthly, March/April 2000.[1]
  3. ^ GoLocalProv, Trender: Digital Artist Anne Spalter
  4. ^ Anne Morgan Spalter, The Computer in the Visual Arts, Addison-Wesley, 1999. [2]
  5. ^ Alvy Ray Smith, Activities Archived September 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Wade Roush, "Every Photo a Painting: Computers in the visual arts," MIT Technology Review, September and October, 1999, Vol 102, No. 5. [3]
  7. ^ William Safire, "Office Pool," The New York Times, December 1999
  8. ^ Philip J. Davis, "From Computer Graphics Toward Computer Art", SIAM(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, July 1999.[4] Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ University of Washington course syllabus, CSS105, Computer Animations, 2007 [5]
  10. ^ Bowling Green State University course syllabus, ARTC321: Intermediate Digital Imaging Art, 2007 [6] Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Pratt Department of Digital Arts course syllabus, DDA201, Digital Arts Technical Workshop, Fall 2006. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2011-10-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ King's College London course syllabus, 7AAVDAA: Digital and Analogue
  13. ^ Sabanci University course syllabus, CS450: Arts and Computing
  14. ^ Victoria & Albert "Computer Art Reading List"
  15. ^ ACM Computer Graphics Educational Materials Source Archived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ van Dam, Andries and Spalter, Anne M., "Digital Visual Literacy," Harvard University, Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing, February 15, 2006. [7]
  17. ^ Martin, F., Spalter, A., Friesen, O., & Gibson, J. (2008). "An Approach to Developing Digital Visual Literacy (DVL)," College and University Media Review. 14, 117-143, 2008. [8]
  18. ^ Spalter, Anne Morgan and Andries van Dam, "Digital Visual Literacy," Theory Into Practice, Volume 47, Issue 2, April 2008 , pages 93 – 101. [9]
  19. ^ Spalter, Anne Morgan, Stone, Philip A., Meier, Barb J., Miller, Timothy S., and Simpson, Rosemary Michelle. "Interaction in an IVR Museum of Color: Constructivism Meets Virtual Reality," an expanded version of the SIGGRAPH 2000 IVR Museum Paper, Leonardo, Vol. 35, Issue 1, February 2002. [10]
  20. ^ International Society for Electronic Art (ISEA) 2011
  21. ^ "Spalter Digital Art Collection blog". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
  22. ^ The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, "On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century," Vera Molnar (French, born Hungary 1924). Interruptions à recouvrements (Disturbances through overlappings), 1969. Collection Anne and Michael Spalter. [11]
  23. ^ "Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Korea". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  24. ^ The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, "Drawing with Code, Works from the Anne and Michael Spalter Collection" [12]
  25. ^ Bill van Siclen, "Collection of Computer Art Sees Aesthetic in Tech," The Providence Journal, February 2011. [13]

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