Day 2 — Tuesday, June 12 — Awards Banquet

GALA Awards Banquet at MassArt

The awards dinner and program will take place at the Pozen Center at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The Color Name Conundrum (Keynote)

Webster's Third New International dictionary contains a few thousand definitions of color names that are at once whimsical and tedious. John Seymour (AKA John the Math Guy) will recount his vain attempts to win an argument with his wife about color names. He starts by turning to the biggest dictionary in his house to map out the two disputed color names. Along the way, he finds some interesting history about official naming of colors and the tie to the Munsell company. He may not have won the argument, but his presentation is guaranteed to be great edutainment!


John Seymour is an applied mathematician and color scientist, working as a consultant since 2012 under the name “John the Math Guy”. John currently holds twenty-five US patents, has authored over forty technical papers, and is a much sought-after speaker. He is an expert on the Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards and ISO TC 130, and currently serves as Vice President of Papers for Technical Association of the Graphic Arts. He writes a blog which is described as “applied math and color science with a liberal sprinkling of goofy humor.”

The ISCC Munsell Centennial Awards


Science, Art and Industry form the sides of the triangle in the ISCC logo. Education, represented by the circle, encompasses all three.

One of the Aims and Purposes of ISCC is:

“To promote communications between technically oriented specialists in color and creative workers in art, design, and education, so as to facilitate more effective use of color by the public through dissemination of information about color in both scientific and artistic applications."

At this Special Meeting we will honor three pioneering members of ISCC with the Munsell Centennial Award for a lifetime dedicated to color education and the promotion of color literacy.




The Munsell Centennial Award in Science will be awarded to Rolf Kuehni, author of numerous books and papers on color including the seminal ‘Color Ordered: A Survey of Color Order Systems from Antiquity to the Present.’

Rolf has studied color, color differences, uniform color spaces, and color order systems both from a current technological standpoint and from a historical perspective.

Throughout his career, Rolf has been a proponent of closer ties between industrial scientists studying and applying color technology and academic scientists studying color vision and developing the foundational principles of color science.




The Munsell Centennial Award in Art will be awarded to Joy Turner Luke, artist, teacher, and author of the text for the first three editions of the Munsell Student Color Set.

Working as an artist and teacher for over 50 years, Joy has participated in many exhibitions, and taught color in composition and design classes. She has authored books and articles, created software, participated in technical committees, and juried exhibitions.

Joy has been a leader in work to ensure the safety of artist’s materials for children. She wrote and illustrated "The Munsell Color System, A Language for Color" published by Fairchild Publications. Joy’s contributions to color education are enduring.




The Munsell Centennial Award in Industry will be awarded to Calvin McCamy, an expert in color measurement, standardization and photography.

Cal’s industrial career began in 1952 when he worked for the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), which today is known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Cal observed that international standards used by NBS in calibrating densitometry standards called for transmission measurements with an integrating sphere, while industry practice in calibrating densitometers used reflectance of these materials over a white diffuser. Resultant errors in industrial measurements were because of inappropriate procedures in calibrating the standards. Cal led the effort to correct these discrepancies, changing calibration procedures to match industry use of these standards, thus ensuring accuracy of densitometry.

Cal’s background in color and optics resulted in him teaching the FBI and the CIA how to listen in by monitoring vibrations on glass windows. Cal was such an expert in photography that he led the congressional investigation of the John F. Kennedy assassination. He observed that duplicate photographs of the autopsy were offset, allowing binocular 3-dimensional viewing of key wounds.

Cal played a key role in development of the Macbeth-ColorChecker, which is still used today to evaluate photographic color reproduction accuracy.