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Art Papers
Call for Submissions

The SIGGRAPH Art Papers program brings together communities of researchers and practitioners working at the intersections of art, design, humanities, science, and technology.

The Art Papers program brings together communities of practitioners and researchers working at the cross-sections of art, design, humanities, science, and technology. Proposals can be submitted in one of four main categories: 1) Project description; 2) Theory/criticism of contemporary digital art; 3) Methods/techniques of creative practices; and 4) History/media archaeology of materials and roles of artists.

To foster dialogue and diversity of topics, Art Papers are submitted in one of two types:

Long Papers: dedicated to describing concepts, processes, and applicability of advances in science, computer graphics, and interactive techniques. Long Papers are published and printed as a special issue of Leonardo, the journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (MIT Press).

Short Papers: dedicated to discussing on-going works and visions. New to this year, Short Papers are published in the ACM Digital Library.

Both Long and Short Papers receive a rigorous and thoughtful review by at least three members of the International Jury, which is composed of renowned scholars, artists, and scientists. Both paper types are also available through the ACM Digital Library, the ACM SIGGRAPH Open Access website and ARTECA (the Leonardo Digital Library).

How to submit

Long Papers Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 15 January 2019.
Short Papers Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 29 January 2019.

Log in to the submission portal, select “Make a New Submission tab,” and then select “Art Paper – Long” or “Art Paper – Short”. To see the information you will need to submit, view the sample form:

Art Paper – Long: Click Here
Art Paper – Short: Click Here

Differences Between Long and Short Papers

Long Papers
Word Count – 3,500
Figure Count – 10 Images
Printed in Leonardo Issue – Yes
Fast Forward Session – Selected Long Papers
Oral Presentation (Including Q&A) – 20 Minutes

Short Papers
Word Count – 2500
Figure Count – 5, Images
Printed in Leonardo Issue – No
Fast Forward Session – No
Oral Presentation (Including Q&A) – 15 Minutes

English Review Service

Non-native English speakers may optionally use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead in order to meet the submission deadline.

Submission Categories

SIGGRAPH 2019 Art Papers must be submitted in one of the following four categories:

Project Description

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

Theory/Criticism of contemporary digital art

Exposition of a significant issue for contemporary digital art and design practice as it relates to SIGGRAPH topics, such as computer graphics, interactive media, VR/AR, AI/ML, etc.

Methods/Techniques of creative practices

Novel techniques for digital arts practices, with an emphasis on critical and creative uses of interactive techniques, emerging technologies, VR/AR, computing, immersion, graphics, and human‐machine interaction.

History/Media archaeology of materials and roles of artists

Papers that engage with the archaeology and history of electronic art and new media, including collaborative practices; critical making; the history and theory of computer graphics; virtual, augmented, or mixed reality; and visualization or interactive techniques.

Submission Guidelines for Art Papers

Submission Guidelines

Please read carefully the Art Papers Manuscript Guidelines and prepare your submission following the Manuscript template.

Authors are required to submit fully formatted papers with graphs, images, and other special areas arranged as intended for final publication. Be sure that all pages are numbered and contain your paper’s ID number in the page footer. You should obtain this paper ID by completing the Online Submission Form before finalizing your paper. If your paper is accepted, you will receive instructions for formatting the final version, which will be different because, among other things, the authors’ names and affiliations will be included, and the pages will not be numbered.

Authors must submit their papers and supplemental materials electronically. The only allowable format is Adobe PDF.

Supplemental Materials

Authors are permitted to provide up to three additional supplementary materials to accompany the paper. Multimedia content may include videos, code, audio files, as well as additional images and/or other supplemental text files (up to 100MB each). Each file must be accompanied with a title, 50-word description, and caption (including any credits and copyright information). Video file formats accepted are: .mov, .avi or .mp4.

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, a 50-word description, 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.


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 2019 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 at least three 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.

Non-Disclosure Agreements
SIGGRAPH reviewers cannot sign non-disclosure agreements for submissions. For information on Patents and Confidentiality see the Submissions FAQ.

Upon acceptance

You will be notified of conditional acceptance or rejection of your Art Paper late March 2019. 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.

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 website. 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.

At least one of the authors is expected to present the paper at SIGGRAPH 2019 and will benefit from the SIGGRAPH 2019 Recognition Policy. Please contact the Art Papers Chair for more information.

You will receive information about date and room location to present the paper as soon as the program is finalized.


15 January
Deadline for Long Art Papers submission form and upload of materials

29 January
Deadline for Short Art Papers submission form and upload of materials

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

28 July – 1 August 2019
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California

ACM Rights Management Form

If Your Work is Accepted for Presentation at SIGGRAPH 2019: 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 2019 programs – Art Gallery, Art Papers, 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. You have the ability to grant or deny us the ability to use the representative image and submitted video for these purposes.

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