Remember the animation of the Death Star that was shown to pilots in the Rebel Alliance?...Course you do - well the computer graphics for the first Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977 were created by Larry Cuba at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information on the lab, visit the website www.evl.uic.edu and Larry Cuba at www.well.com/user/cuba and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Cuba
Image source: http://www.empireonline.com/features/history-of-cgi/p3
...Other early Larry Cuba Computer Graphics
"(1985) Calculated Movements by Larry Cuba is an example of early video art using software developed at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL). The video has a minimalist/ambient original sound piece."