Lillian F. Schwartz will be presented with the Computer History Museum (CHM) Fellow Award at a virtual event on December 9, 2021 for her pioneering work at the intersection of art and computing.
The event will bring together luminaries across the art, digital media and tech worlds to honor Lillian’s career, which has been distinguished by her creativity and innovation, courage and perseverance.
Lillian Schwartz will be presented with the 2021 CHM Fellow Award for her lifetime of contributions to art and computing.
Schwartz made her debut on the New York art scene in 1968 with the appearance of her multimedia, interactive sculpture, “Proxima Centauri”, in the now famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition, “The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age.”
Shortly after, she began a decades-long residency at Bell Labs, the renowned research and development center. During her prolific career, Schwartz created a series of art films incorporating the emergent technology of computer animation, and often scored with fresh developments in computer music.
Her work has been exhibited by MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney, and many other museums, and her archive is now preserved at The Henry Ford.
As one of the CHM Fellow Award honorees for 2021, she joins other visionaries such as NASA mathematician and "hidden figure" Katherine Johnson, World Wide Web creator Tim Berners Lee, and software pioneer Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.
At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to:
The CHM Fellow Awards Program honors distinguished technology pioneers—unsung heroes and legends—for their outstanding merits and significant contributions to the advancement of computing and the evolution of the digital age. The program is supported with collecting, education, research, and media efforts that reflect the seminal work of each Fellow and preserves their stories for future generations. Fellows are selected annually through a public nomination process.
CHM is celebrating the 2021 Fellows in a yearlong four-part series of thought-provoking virtual events and engaging digital content that explores the story and impact of each honoree and the present and future of tech for humanity.
This year’s Fellow Awards is presented by headline sponsor Accenture.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. PT
5 p.m. PT – Fellow Award Program with hosts Dan'l Lewin and Andy Cunningham
5:50 p.m. PT – Fellow Award Presentation
6 p.m. PT
This event will be held online in CHM’s virtual venue. Please RSVP to gain access.
The Computer History Museum’s (CHM) mission is to decode technology--the computing past, digital present, and future impact on humanity. From the heart of Silicon Valley, we share insights gleaned from our research, our events, and our incomparable collection of computing artifacts and oral histories to convene, inform, and empower people to build a better world.