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Blue Sky’s Mikki Rose Appointed SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference Chair

Self-dubbed ‘CG hairstylist’ has contributed to animated features such as ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘The Peanuts Movie.’ 

CHICAGO, IL -- ACM SIGGRAPH has announced the selection of Mikki Rose, Fur Technical Director at Blue Sky Studios, as the SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference Chair. Rose, who chaired the Production Sessions during SIGGRAPH 2016 this past July in Anaheim, has been a longtime volunteer and active member of ACM SIGGRAPH over the last 15 years.

“We are thrilled to have Mikki on board to lead the SIGGRAPH 2019 conference,” said Rebecca Strzelec, SIGGRAPH Conference Advisory Group Chair. “She has consistently demonstrated superb leadership in her various roles with us over the years, starting as a student volunteer in 2002.”

Rose hails from North White Plains, NY, and has carved out a niche working in computer graphics (CG), working on films such as The Peanuts Movie and Hotel Transylvania and dubbing herself a “CG hairstylist” due to her specialization in fur at Blue Sky Studios -- everything from hair to cloth to feathers and even vegetation. She studied general CG production at university and holds BS degrees in Computer Science and Digital Animation from Middle Tennessee State University as well as an MFA in Digital Production Arts from Clemson University. Prior to Blue Sky, she lived in California and held positions with Rhythm & Hues Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

“Blue Sky strives to be an innovator of talent and technology,” noted Jennifer Tyrrell, VP of Human Resources at Blue Sky Studios. “We have long enjoyed being part of the SIGGRAPH community; fostering and building relationships within the animation industry and with educators alike. We look forward to continuing the journey with Miki at the helm in 2019.”

SIGGRAPH 2019 will be held July 28 through August 1 in Los Angeles. Given the success of SIGGRAPH 2016, which hosted more than 14,000 attendees from 73 countries worldwide, and the excitement surrounding the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2017 conference, Los Angeles will be an exciting venue for Rose to master.

“I have grown to rely on each SIGGRAPH as an opportunity for renewal of inspiration in both my professional and personal creative work. In taking on the role of Chair, my goal is to provide an environment for those exact activities to others,” said Rose. “Our industries are changing and developing at an astounding rate. It is my task to incorporate new techniques while continuing to enrich our long-standing traditions.”

Rose will follow SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference Chair Roy C. Anthony, head of Research & Innovation at Christie.