2003 IDAA juror profiles

Steve Danzig IDAA Executive Chair

Steve Danzig is an Australian artist working in digital media. He is the founder and executive director for the International Digital Art Awards (IDAA); He also runs the IDA web site (attracting more than 6 million visitors a year which also supports a 75,000 membership database), executive Academy for Electronic Arts-New Delhi, India; as well as for the International Association For Computer Graphics, Russia.

He exhibits and lectures internationally and juror for other awards such as Museum of Computer Art-NYC, USA and International Symbolist Exhibition USA.

Steve works collaboratively with many international artists including digital pioneer Laurence Gartel.



In the frenetic times we are living in, information overload, 24 hour news, stock and weather, our personal "BRAIN RAM" is about to tip over to RED ALERT!! - NOT ENOUGH MEMORY.

What we must decipher here, is "what is" and "what isn't" worthy of placing into our heads for future consultation. As the mind is the most stimulating part of our body, it makes pure sense that everyone in the universe is trying to "tickle" our neurons for attention.Like the Astronauts of Apollo, everyone wants to Land on the Moon, and self proclaim themselves the first to discover what has been there for billions of year. After all, that is what a discovery is anyway: Finding something that already exists!!!!

What the IDAA and Director Steve Danzig has done is call out to the artists of the planet to provide them with a venue to display and make known what they have personally discovered with the tools of technology. Each in their own formulated methodologies, the works by digital artists of the world come together. Mr. Danzig is not claiming to be the first, he is deliberately organizing a platform in which to showcase the art created at the turn of this new millennium.

These works then, are the foundation of "new art in old history." - Like the wheel they turn.

Laurence's images

Wayne J Cosshall is currently technical editor for DeskTop magazine, lecturer Photographic Studies College, publisher of digital ImageMakers International eZine, freelance writer, artist and runs a small photography/graphic design business.

Previously Wayne was an academic for 17 years at Swinburne University, ending as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Head of the Computer Graphics Research Group. Wayne's research included parallel computation in computer graphics 3D rendering, algorithmic digital art and the algorithmic definition of pattern. Wayne has been working in computer graphics, both as an art form and science, since 1980.

Since 1991 Wayne has been exhibiting his photography and computer art in various group and individual shows, including invited submissions. Wayne's art work at present encompasses an exploration of the mix of 3D and photographic imagery.

Wayne's website

John Antoine Labadie is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Media Integration project at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he teaches art history, design and computer graphics. In 1994 John organized the first Computer Graphics program at UNCP.

Trained in traditional studio as a painter, John studied weaving and metals in graduate school and in 1994 obtained a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in Visual Arts Education. He has worked professionally as an editor, writer, photographer, graphic artist and educator. This semester marks his 22nd year in teaching.

Dr. Labadie now specializes in digital graphics, including digital combined with other media. His art work has been shown in dozens of juried national and international exhibitions. Since 1989, John has also worked as a scientific illustrator for the National Park Service in the United States and abroad on archaeological sites in both Mexico and Belize with major university field projects.  

Tom R. Chambers, a Documentary Photographer and Visual Artist for over thirty years, is currently working with digital generation and manipulation as an art form under the namesake of New Directions and Pixelscapes, which begins to approach a true abstract, visual language in Digital Art.

This Minimalist approach and Its Derivatives ( Scan Series and Shift Series) have been exhibited in the U.S.A., England, Russia, the Philippines and Brazil. He has exhibited his Documentary Portraiture and Visual Arts throughout the U.S.A. and worldwide (over thirty exhibitions); and his mixed media and interactive work, Mother's 45s (a tribute to his mother and all mothers of the world), was selected through national competition (U.S.A.) for exhibition as a part of the Parents show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.

American Photo magazine listed one of his Photodocumentary projects, Dyer Street Portraiture, in its Notable Exhibitions section, March, 1986 issue. And his Photodocumentary project, Descendants/350, received a Governor's Proclamation, and was accepted by the Secretary of State as a part of the Rhode Island State Archives (U.S.A.).

His Photodocumentary project, Southwest of Rusape: The Mucharambeyi Connection was officially opened by the U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe and accepted as a part of the United States Information Services (USIS) Archives, Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa; and his Photodocumentary project, People To People was accepted as a part of the Kumho Art Foundation Archives, Gwangju, South Korea.

Chambers also completed a three-year tour as Art Conservator and Curator for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and as the Initiator/Instructor of The McEwen Photographic Studio for the National Gallery's Art School. The Gallery also invited him to exhibit his Visual Arts project, Variations On
The Dan Mask, which was officially opened by the U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Tom's Website

David Harley

David is a leading Australian artist working in digital media. David's personal history includes exhibitions at the National Gallery and other major international institutions.


Vicki McConville - embraced new technology in 1979 for use in her own prints and graduated from art college with a major in Printmaking in 1981. Her final year thesis "Contemporary Australian Printmaking - some aspects considered", was one of the first written works about Printmaking to include ephemeral political posters, photo Xerox copies and 'digital' prints. She also lobbied for them to be accepted as "fine art prints", worthy of commission and collection, in her capacity as exhibitions committee member and secretary for the Print Council of Australia, 1982.

Passionately involved in the contemporary printmaking as well as the political poster movements of the 1980's she worked as both a poster designer and printer and was a trainee assistant to the Prints and Drawings collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

Exhibiting professionally since 1980, Vicki has exhibited in Australia, UK, France and Italy. Her work is in public and private collections throughout Australia, USA, UK, Europe.

Vicki has recently toured her solo exhibition "The Private Eye" in the UK to London and Bristol . Using her own cultural ancestry (Swiss Italian, Ticino, and Irish Celtic) as a backdrop, The Private Eye uses the latest in digital print technology as well as traditional image making to tell the stories of Australia's cultural history at the time of "early white settlement" of the 1850's.

Currently Artistic Director of her own studio gallery and residency complex 'Artsville', Vicki divides her time between "Artsville in the Bush" and "Artsville by the Bay" in Melbourne.

In the UK at the opening of the Heads Up festival, London, it was noted McConville's mind bending images tell us the stories of Australia's cultural migration in a new language. These works provide us with a contemporary insight into the processes and impact of cultural "assimilations" of the past. So,like those who trod before her, she helps us to "Go Over Old Ground".

Vicki's images

Jim Sellars has been the Director of Studio 211 for the past 9 years.
During this time he has been curator to 13 exhibitions and organized 48 exhibitions internationally. Since taking Studio 211 on the world wide web two and a half years ago, Mr. Sellars has worked with thousands of artists documenting the "information age" as it pertains to the arts. He is also an artist with over 20 years of experience and has been exhibiting his work since the age of eight. He works in many mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and digital. His work currently resides in collections in 19 countries and exhibits around the world (with 68 exhibitions to date) and through his web site.

Jimmy's website

Michel Szczepanski Michel Szczepanski completed his Bachelor of Art, Fine Arts (specialising in Printmaking and Photography) at the Prahran College of Advanced Education in 1978.

Prior to joining the Printmaking Department in 1979 as a Technician, he worked as a freelance photographer. He has works exhibited both in Australia, Europe and USA. His photography has also been included in numerous exhibition catalogues of Australian artists.

As a Master Printmaker, he has accepted commissions and also assisted various artists locally and internationally.

In June 2000, he transferred from the Printmaking Department to the Information Technology Officer role at the School of Art. Through this I.T. position, digital printmaking technology has been introduced to the School of Art. Further research in this technology is continuing.