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Featured artists and faculty members attending the March reception for “Opening Credits” include, top row, from left: Christian Hill, assistant professor of art; Dana Lamb, professor of art; Justin Ridge, director at Lucas Arts, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"; Rusty Tracy, animation director, Nickelodeon, "Tak and the Power of Juju"; Joshua Pruett, story artist, Dreamworks Animation, "Aliens Versus Monsters"; Adolph Lusinsky, CG animator, lighting and scene direction, Walt Disney Feature Animation; and bottom row, from left: Jeffrey Bacon, creative manager, The Designory; Cheryl Savala, principle and creative director, The Menagerie Creative; Mike Roush, animator and filmmaker, Titmouse Studios; and Garrett Shikuma, CG animator, Electronic Arts.  Photo by Kelly Lacefield

“Opening Credits” Showcases Art Alumni

Entertainment-Related Works of More Than 65 Artists Represented

March 10, 2008

By Gail Matsunaga

The works of more than 65 art alumni in the entertainment-related industries of feature animation, television, video games, children’s publishing, movie promotion and more are showcased in the exhibit "Opening Credits,” currently showing through March 23 at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana and the West Gallery on campus.

Opening Credits Exhibit

The show is part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration and is third in a series of exhibitions highlighting the talents of art alumni.

Opening Credits Exhibit

"The public has a seemingly insatiable thirst for entertainment, accessed whenever and wherever it please,” says Larry Johnson, chair and professor of art. "Today’s technological innovations guarantee delivery of that entertainment through cable and satellite television, the Internet or even cell phones; and, concurrently, these innovations have created a diversity of new career opportunities for artists. ‘Opening Credits’ showcases creators, shapers and marketers of entertainment — those artists who have mastered their various crafts, and as innovative problem solvers, work together to satisfy a thirsty public.”

Also featured in the exhibition is award-winning art from the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards Student Competition and NIckelodeon Studio’s animation pitch competition.

Opening Credits

Earlier this month, the Art Department hosted a reception and panel discussion for exhibiting alumni and their friends and family at Grand Central. Moderated by Dana Lamb (B.A. art ’75, M.A. art ’82)), professor of art, the panelists discussed topics relating to the critically important aspects of the projects they produce, as well as shared their collective thoughts on what the future holds for those seeking careers in their fields of entertainment.

The panelists were: Jeff Bacon (B.A. art ’80), managing director, The Designory; Christian Hill (M.F.A. art ’05), assistant professor of art, Cal State Fullerton; Adolph Lusinsky (B.F.A. art ’93), look and lighting director, Walt Disney Feature Animation; Joshua Pruett (B.F.A. art ’02, M.A. art ’04), story artist, Dreamworks Feature Animation; Justin Ridge (B.F.A. art ’03), episodic director, Lucas Arts; Mike Roush (B.F.A. art ’02), story artist, designer and animator, Titmouse Animation; Cheryl Savala (B.F.A. art ’89, M.A. art ’94), principal/creative director, Menagerie Creative; Garrett Shikuma (B.F.A. art ’04), character animator, Electronic Arts; and Rusty Tracy (B.F.A. art ’05), CG animation supervisor, Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

Opening Credits Exhibit


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