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Algorithmic Art Pioneer To Speak

The Saint Vincent College Department of Mathematics and the Saint Vincent Gallery will co-present a lecture by renowned artist Roman Verostko at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 26, in the Luparello Lecture Hall in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the Saint Vincent campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Entitled “Algorithmic Transformations, 1947-2017: From Ideas in Mind to Ideas in Code,” Verostko’s presentation will identify art-form sources and ideas that dominated his work in the 1950s and 1960s. He will discuss how those underlying art concepts shaped his approach when he began writing computer code for art-form generators and illustrate the transition from “art ideas in mind” to “art ideas in code.” In doing so, he identifies the leverage of algorithmic form generators and the recursive charm of the forms they yield, before concluding with a discussion on three pioneers of the algorithmic revolution, George Boole, Alan Turing and Norbert Wiener.

A native of nearby Tarrs, Pennsylvania, Verostko graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1949 with a degree in illustration, before entering monastic life at Saint Vincent, where he created his “New City” series and his first electronically synchronized audio/visual programs. After departing monastic life in 1968, he joined the faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

In 1970, he was named a Bush Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and set out to “humanize our experience of emerging technologies.” He studied programming at the Control Data Institute and exhibited his first algorist work, “The Magic Hand of Chance,” in 1982. Written in BASIC, it grew into his master drawing program, Hodos, generating art with ink pens and brushes mounted on drawing machines.

A number of Verostko’s works form an important part of the Art and Heritage Collections at Saint Vincent, and are also displayed at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Spalding University in Kentucky and the University of St. Thomas’ Frey Science and Engineering Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A Professor Emeritus at Minneapolis School of Art and Design, Verostko has garnered a host of accolades throughout his distinguished career. In 2018, he was an inaugural member of the Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) Academy, while he won the 2009 SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement and was twice named to the Outstanding Educators of America’s “Who’s Who in American Education.” 

For more information on Verostko’s presentation, contact Andrew Julo, curator of the Saint Vincent Art and Heritage Collections, at 724-805-2107 /