SEPT 18, 2002
CONTACT: Becky Zelinski, 661/664-2138, bzelinski@csub.edu
or Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Animated Art, Contemporary Digital Media will be the first exhibit to kick off the California State University, Bakersfield Todd Madigan Gallery fall season. The exhibit will open Friday, Sept. 27 and run through Oct. 17. On Sept. 27, there will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and a gallery talk at 7 p.m. featuring Kevin Geiger and Moon Seun, creators of "Henry's Garden," a featured animated film.

The exhibit will feature animated art in the form of digital images projected onto the gallery walls. Gallery director, Margaret Nowling said Animated Art will be a different exhibit for the university gallery. She brought it to the community because she believes computer animation is becoming increasingly popular among today's youth and it's important for them to see how the traditional elements of art relate to animation.

"I have two goals for this exhibition," Nowling said. "The first deals with the mystery of computer animation: the 'how the heck do they do that?' factor. I want to know how these artists get from the original rough sketch to the finished product."

"The second deals with the youth," Nowling added. "Children begin drawing in a cartoonish style before they're in junior high school. Some become quite adept at mimicking the style without any understanding of composition, color, and anatomy. My hope is that through this exhibition, kids will learn that acquiring a traditional art background is important to an aspiring animator."

Los Angeles-based independent curator Kathryn Hackman will be guest curator of the exhibit.

The Todd Madigan Gallery is on the CSUB campus adjacent to the Dore Theater, 9001 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield. Hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, 1 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $1.50. For more information, please call (661) 664-2238.