“Disney Art From Private Collections” Exhibit Debuts in North Texas Exclusively at the Arlington Museum of Art

“Disney Art From Private Collections” Exhibit Debuts in North Texas Exclusively at the Arlington Museum of Art

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 2, 2022. The story was updated on June 23, 2022 to include a Culture Buzz episode detailing the Disney Art from Private Collections exhibit.

In partnership with longtime Walt Disney Animation Studios artist and Disney legend Andreas Deja, the Arlington Museum of Art today announced its 2022 Summer Exhibit: Disney Art from Private Collections.

The exhibition opens to the public on June 11. A private opening reception for members, sponsors and special guests will be held on June 10. Starting today, the public can reserve tickets to view the exhibition through the museum’s website, arlingtonmuseum.org.

Deja’s extensive private collection includes decades of work by three of Disney’s most talented and prolific animators: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Deja himself, who oversaw the creative development of characters, including the villainous Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin. , and Scar in The Lion King.

Disney Art from Private Collections includes nearly 250 original and cel animation sketches, character studies, storyboards and concept drawings from Disney animated films, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Bambi, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Aladdin, and more.

An accompanying exhibition showcases more original works by Deja, including independent projects like his upcoming short film Mushka about a young girl and her tiger, animated in a colored pencil style.

“When the Arlington Museum of Art asked me if I was interested in an exhibit that would feature my work from Disney Studios, as well as personal art, I felt flattered and excited,” said Already.

A lifelong fan of Disney animated films, Deja was hired by Disney in 1980. During his early years at the studio, he sought mentorship from seven of the then-living Nine Old Men, who were hired by Walt Disney. itself and have reached high levels. artistic direction within the company. Deja’s enthusiasm for their tutelage fueled his interest in collecting their work.

“It gives me great pleasure to exhibit the work of Disney animators who have come before me,” Deja said. “Artists like Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston have inspired me all my life through the characters they brought to life for classic films like Pinocchio, Peter Pan and The Jungle Book. Their original designs give viewers a glimpse of the depth of their character analysis and drawing.

Chris Hightower, president and CEO of the Arlington Museum of Art, says visitors can expect a unique and immersive experience exploring the exhibit.

“We want Disney Art from Private Collections to fill visitors with the same kind of wonder and joy they feel for their favorite Disney movies,” said Hightower. “To create this kind of engaging experience, the museum borrows from the techniques animators use when telling a story. Throughout the exhibition, we will share stories, incorporate elements of surprise, create drama, and provide visitors with ways to interact, play, and learn.

In addition to the exhibit, the Arlington Museum of Art is planning a number of programs, events and activities for children and adults, including a series of animated Disney films, which will run throughout the exhibition, which will run until September 4, 2022.

“We were really inspired by the Walt Disney Family Museum team,” said Hightower. “They helped us imagine our own wonderful world of experiences here in North Texas to accompany the Disney Art from Private Collections exhibit.”

Deja hopes that visitors to the AMA exhibition will discover that animation is a very personal form of artistic expression.

“Traditional animation requires a large number of drawings in order to bring a character to life,” Deja said. “No computer will help you in this quest; it’s just you and many blank sheets of paper. The artist’s goal is not only to move the drawings, but more importantly, to move the audience.

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