Anne Spalter

Member Since July 14, 2011


Anne Morgan Spalter is an acclaimed writer, artist and educator whose career reflects her long-standing goal of integrating art and technology. She creates art works that explore the concept of the “modern landscape” through both the subject matter and the digital processes used to create the work.

Spalter created and taught the first fine art digital media courses at both the Rhode Island School of Design RISD and Brown University. She was an undergrad at Brown, majoring in Mathematics and a graduate student at RISD, from which she has an MFA in Painting.

Her book, The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison Wesley 1999), has become a standard reference text used at over a hundred universities throughout the world. Roger Mandle, former RISD President, described Spalter’s book as, “a seductively articulate and illuminating introduction to the rapidly expanding world of the computer and art, design, and animation… Her book will become an essential textbook for art school curricula as well as a standard source for media-wise artists.”

Spalter’s art, writings and contributions to the field have led to her participation on a number of prestigious committees, juries and advisory boards. She was a long-time member of the Advisory Board of the Digital Art Museum, and has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Mathematics and Art, and the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art Committee, among others.

A pioneering voice for the artist in the digital age, she worked with world-renowned Brown University Professor Andries van Dam to launch a large-scale initiative teaching Digital Visual Literacy. Spalter’s research on color theory has also been cited in journals and books. Spalter has lectured around the world and in 2010 was invited to speak at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and at her alma mater, RISD.

As a hybrid traditional/digital artist, Spalter’s work is included in leading contemporary collections in the US, Europe and the Middle East as well as in museums such as the Albright-Knox (Buffalo, NY) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK).

She and her husband have established the largest collection of early computer art in the US. Works from the Anne and Michael Spalter Collection have been displayed throughout the world and were on view at the MoMA in the show “On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century.” In early 2011, the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA exhibited works curated from the collection. Spalter also is a martial artist with a black belt in Kenpo Karate.

She is represented by the Stephan Stoyanov/Luxe Gallery in New York City, Catherine Rubin in Paris, and Candita Clayton in RI.