Art Papers Submissions

In addition to the core topics of digital and interactive arts, Art Papers should highlight excellent practices in the field and communicate effectively to both artistic and technical audiences. We especially encourage papers that address transdisciplinary research at the frontiers of art, design, science, and engineering, that are engaged with critical and speculative practices, that expand the international and cultural breadth of SIGGRAPH discourses, and that dovetail with the 2016 Art Gallery theme: Data Materialities.

SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Papers Chair
Edward A. Shanken

Art Papers Reviewer Instructions
Ethics of the Art Papers Review Process
Publication Requirements

Art Papers Accordion

New for SIGGRAPH 2016

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2016:

  • You must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.  
  • Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2016 programs - Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs  - will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review.

How to Submit

Before Submitting

SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Papers must be submitted in one of these four categories:

Project Description
A description of a creative work or artistic/collaborative process with particular emphasis on its historical and/or theoretical significance.

Theory or Criticism
Exposition of a significant issue for contemporary art and design practice as it relates to SIGGRAPH topics.

Novel techniques for visual-arts practices, with an emphasis on critical and creative uses of computing, visualization methods, and human‐machine interaction.

Papers that engage with the history of electronic art and new media, including collaborative practices; critical making; and the history and theory of multimedia computing, visualization, and interactive techniques.

Prior to writing and submitting proposals, authors are strongly encouraged to review the sample Art Papers articles published in the special issues of Leonardo in 2014 and 2015, as examples that fulfill the submission criteria:

Kayla Anderson, Object Intermediaries: How New Media Artists Translate the Language of Things (2014) 

Esteban García Bravo & Jorge A. García, Yturralde: Impossible Figure Generator (2015)   

All papers must adhere to the Leonardo Manuscript Guidelines for SIGGRAPH 2016.​ 

General Information

  • Papers must be publishable in their current form, and authors are encouraged to include reference images in the body of their text.
  • Papers must employ proper use of academic written English. Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.
  • Papers must include substantial, relevant citations.
  • For time‐based works, reference videos are strongly encouraged. Links to videos are preferred to video files uploaded to the SIGGRAPH Information System.

Each submission must be identified with the unique submission ID generated by the online submission system when a submission is created. It is necessary to complete a separate online submission form for each art paper you intend to submit. The submission ID should appear instead of the author's name in your uploaded art paper PDF file.

If you submit images and figures (in TIFF format), they should NOT contain either your submission ID or any other identifying marks. These files must be camera-ready at the time of submission.


To submit your paper, log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission", and then select "create" for the Art Papers submission form.

Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including author names, affiliation, professions, contact information, the title of the work, and a short summary that introduces the achievements of your work (50 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • No more than seven additional images. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • Submission categories and keywords that help the jury review your submission.
  • A single PDF document for jury review (not camera-ready) that includes:
    • A 3,500-word (maximum) finalized and proofed paper (the paper wordcount includes notes and bibliographic materials)
    • A 150-word (maximum) abstract
    • The paper text
    • Embedded (low-res) figures (maximum of seven)
    • A list of figure captions with figure number, title, date, etc., including credits for all images and figures (for example, name of photographer  and/or owner of an artwork)
    • References

You may also optionally provide the following materials and information:

  • A glossary should be included in the PDF if specialized or original terms are used in the manuscript.
  • A video file. Uploaded videos must be in QuickTime MPEG-4 or DivX Version 6 formats, and the file size should not exceed 100 MB. The file must be uploaded using the online submission system and should keep the authors' identities anonymous.

All complete submissions received by the deadline will be acknowledged by email. For this purpose, a submission is complete if a paper-ID has been assigned and a PDF file of the paper and a representative image have been successfully uploaded. Such submissions will be reviewed unless they are withdrawn by the author. For more information about the Art Papers submission and review process, please refer to the Submissions FAQ.

Important Forms

If a third party created and has granted you the right to include that person's image, art, and/or other media in your submission, the person will need to complete the Leonardo Image Permission and Release (Form A) and return it to you. Please forward the completed form to SIGGRAPH 2017 Conference Administration via email (confadmin (at)

If you have commissioned someone to take, provide, or otherwise create an image or piece of work specifically for inclusion in your submission, that person will need to complete the Leonardo Work for Hire Permission and Release (Form B) and return it to you. Please forward the completed form to SIGGRAPH 2017 Conference Administration via email (confadmin (at)

Educator’s Resources Submission option. Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more

For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.


Submissions will be administratively rejected without review if it is found that:

  • The submission violates the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism.
  • The submission is a dual submission; that is, if the submission is simultaneously under review for any other conference or publication. For more details, see the Work Submitted Elsewhere section of the Submissions FAQ.
  • Electronic files have been submitted that have been designed to have side effects other than presenting the submitted work to reviewers and committee members (for example, a "phone home" script).
  • It appears that the paper contains material for which the submitters have not secured the necessary copyrights. Previously published work may not be submitted, nor may the same work be submitted to any other conference or journal during the SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Papers review period.

The Art Papers Jury will evaluate papers using the following criteria:

  • Scope and magnitude of its contribution to literature on digital arts, computer graphics, and/or interactive techniques
  • Clarity of thesis and compelling exposition
  • Quality and relevance of references to establish context and support author’s claims
  • Quality and relevance of support media to reinforce the author’s claims

Each paper will be distributed to three or more experts for review. However, if the jury determines that a submission has been previously published, or is off topic, incomplete, or otherwise unsuitable for publication, the submission will be rejected without external review.

Once reviews are complete, the committee will meet to deliberate the final outcome of each paper at the Art Papers Jury Meeting. If there is not a clear consensus among the original reviewers, additional reviews will be solicited.

Following the jury meeting, email notification of rejection or conditional acceptance status will be sent to submitters, who will then be granted access to the written reviews and scores.

Conditionally accepted papers undergo a second reviewing process, in which a referee (a member of the Art Papers Jury) verifies that the final version of the paper is acceptable (that any required changes have been made, and that other changes made by the authors, perhaps in response to reviewer comments, have not compromised the paper in any way). This second and final stage determines the final acceptance status of all papers. The referees' decisions are final. Papers that do not satisfy the referee in the second stage of reviewing and/or that are not uploaded in final form by the final deadline, together with the original or revised versions of the submitted supplementary material, will be rejected. 

All decisions of the jury are final; there is neither a rebuttal period nor an appeals process.

Upon Acceptance

You will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of your Art Paper in mid-March 2017. To convert a conditionally accepted paper to an accepted paper, authors will be required to make edits requested in the committee's reviews. Final edits must be submitted and approved by the committee by the announced deadline. The timeline for completing edits is extremely tight, and you should plan to be available during the last two weeks of March to achieve this goal.

Accepted Art Papers are presented by their authors at SIGGRAPH 2017 and published in a special SIGGRAPH issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Art Papers will be documented on the SIGGRAPH 2017 web site and in the ACM Digital Library. Documentation will also be available through the ACM SIGGRAPH web site.

If your Art Paper is accepted, you will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

You must provide a final, edited, camera-ready paper. Digital supplements, including sample materials for inclusion on promotional screens at the conference, should also be submitted by that time.

The presenter of record is expected to present the paper at SIGGRAPH 2017 and will benefit from the SIGGRAPH 2017 Recognition Policy. Please contact the Art Papers Chair for more information.

You will receive information on when and where your paper will be presented.


17 January
Deadline for all Art Papers forms and upload of materials.
Acceptance and image-release forms due.

Late March
Authors notified by email of submission status (conditional acceptance or rejection).

30 July - 3 August
SIGGRAPH 2017, Los Angeles.