On view November 8, 2019 – January 9, 2020
Despite a long, storied history and undeniable cultural significance, the artistic value of animated works has long been subject to debate, now more than ever with a multi-million-dollar commercial industry built around the process. Even when animation is recognized as an art, all too often the teams of dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of artists behind an animated work go unnoticed and under-appreciated.
This exhibit seeks to remedy that, recognizing and celebrating the many artists of animated productions large and small, modern and historical, big-budget and independent. We invite you to take a walk through the entire production process, from the earliest concept art to finalized designs, and get to know the diverse range of talents who bring animated works to life. Pieces include normally unseen images such as character design, environment art, and storyboards. Curated by S. Mackenzie Eastman.
Featured artists include Alan Bodner, Andrea Blasich, Angie Yeo, Aymeric Kevin, Belle Lee, Brad Vancata, Chi Ngo, Dave Chlystek, Grace Yang, Hatt Cho, Heejung Lim, Huguette Pizzic, Jan Urschel, Jakob Eirich, Max Kostenko, Minako Tomigahara, Nadya Mira, Nicole Lim, Shanti Rittgers, Simon Baek, Stephen Donnelly, Tracy Chung, Victoria Ying, and Yuhki Demers.
Special thanks to Bureau of Magic animation studio and the Women in Animation group for their help in making this exhibition possible.
Image credit: Nicole Lim, Meeting the Wizard, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Redesign, digital. Courtesy of the artist.