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  • Worcester Art Museum Offers Free Computer Animation Lecture Series

    WORCESTER, MASS., August 12, 1999 - Learn about the burgeoning field of computer animation from experts in advertising, design, engineering, and film production in a four-part, monthly lecture series starting Saturday, September 11 at the Worcester Art Museum. Through demonstrations, clips, and question-and-answer sessions, the presenters will give you a comprehensive overview of the artistic and employment possibilities that exist in this exciting medium. All lectures are FREE to the public.

    The field of animation has been recognized as an art form for decades, beginning with cartooning and comic strips. With the evolution of computer-aided technology, animation took a daring turn that gave birth to computer animation. In recent years, commercial artists have taken computer animation to sensational levels, transforming two-dimensional art into three-dimensional creations. The results include award-winning cinematography, television commercials, and web sites.

    The Worcester Art Museum has offered animation classes in the past, but this is the Museum's first exploration of computer animation. The presenters will discuss their own career paths, including the schools they attended, the courses they took, the jobs they've held, and the clients they've served. They'll also advise participants on the emerging employment opportunities found in this flourishing field. In addition, all presenters will show examples of work they have produced in the field of computer animation. Since seating is limited at each lecture, please call 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056 to reserve a space.

    Computer Animation Series

    Salvatore Raciti
    Saturday, September 11, 1999, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Salvatore Raciti is the president of the Animation Café, a unique design and animation studio in Plymouth, Mass. He has been a pioneer in conceptual animation for more than 27 years, and has worked on ABC children's television programs; productions for WGBH (most notably NOVA) and many other PBS programs; the National Geographic Society; the Smithsonian Institute; EMC Corporation; and Reebok, to name a few of his clients.

    Mike Taylor
    Saturday, October 9, 1999, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Currently working for Northeast Animation in Boston, Mike Taylor is in the planning stages of starting his own computer animation business. He will talk about how someone goes about merging the creative skills of a computer animator with the business acumen necessary for creating your own company.

    Robin I. Hobart
    Saturday, November 13, 1999, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Since 1996, Robin Hobart has been working for Olive Jar Animation, a Boston-based advertising agency, collaborating in the creation of commercial spots for Doritos, Dow Chemical, and Gillette, among others. In 1984, Olive Jar's first big project involved creating the majority of the early MTV station IDs. In early 1997, Olive Jar shifted its focus to include computer animation, which now encompasses one-third of its business. As technical coordinator, Hobart is head of the company's Computer Department.

    Scott Hancock
    Saturday, December 11, 1999, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Scott Hancock is a mechanical engineer for Morgan Construction Company in Worcester. He uses computer animation for engineering simulations and sales material. His process starts by precisely modeling equipment in a CAD environment, then exporting to an animation package where motion is applied and renders are produced. He has worked in this capacity for four years and has collaborated to make the first animated walk through of a steel rolling mill.

    Pagano Media of Worcester has helped coordinate this unique, free lecture series, which is supported by the Amelia and Robert Hutchinson Haley Lecture Fund.

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.

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