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Art Directors Guild To Co-Host Cal State LA’s Eagle-Con Both Live and Virtually For First Time
- Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comic Books, and Superheroes exhibits and panels will run March 10-12
The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE LOCAL 800) is once again deeply involved as Founding Sponsor of Cal State LA’s Eagle-Con, which will be held from March 10 through March 12. This year the focus will be on Media Multiverses. For the first time everything can be seen for free both in person at the university and virtually.
"We are proud that Eagle-Con continues to break new ground every year by exploring issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, identity, ability, and representation in science fiction and fantasy. Eagle-Con celebrates the working artists of these genres and helps inspire emerging young artists from diverse backgrounds to pursue career paths they may not have realized were possible,” said Chuck Parker, ADG 800 National Executive Director.
A panel titled “Breaking Bad or into the Entertainment Business” will feature production designer and former president of the Art Directors Guild Mimi Gramatky, production designers Kedra Dawkins and Niko Viliavongs, graphic artist Sarah Gonzales and set designer Rick Nichol.
The opening day will close out with the presentation of the Imaginator Award for “wondrous achievement in visual conceptualization” to set designer, concept artist and illustrator Dawn Brown. She has worked on such films as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Terminator: Dark Fate, Star Trek, The X-Files, The Hunger Games and Alice in Wonderland.
On day two the Lemonade Institutional Award will be presented to the 501st Legion, an all-volunteer Star Wars organization that promotes interest in the Star Wars universe through high quality cosplay and also makes contributions to their communities through costumed charity work.
On Saturday afternoon previous Imaginator Award winners, the best of the best, will discuss their careers creating legendary science fiction. These panelists are production designers and ADG members Wynn Thomas, (Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, Da 5 Bloods), Rick Carter (Jurassic Park, Avatar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Skywalker) and Oliver Scholl (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Suicide Squad, Venom, Independence Day).
A virtual exhibition of works by members of the Guild, can be accessed and explored using Matterport 3D. Entitled Bringing Imagination into View, it features the work on some of the hottest productions from screens of all sizes, including this year’s Imaginator Award winner, Dawn Brown with drawings from her work on such projects as Terminator: Dark Fate, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The X-Files. It also includes work on Aquaman, Galaxy Quest, Star Trek, a wall of movie vehicles, a Marvel wall and props such as the Wonka Bar.
Access to the virtual gallery is available through https://captur3d.io/view/art-
Registration for the free conference is here.
About the Art Directors Guild
Established in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 3,000 members who work throughout the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers and Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Illustrators and Matte Artists. The ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society screening series, annual “Excellence in Production Design Awards” gala, bimonthly craft magazine (PERSPECTIVE), figure drawing and other creative workshops, extensive technology and craft training programs and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. For the Guild’s online directory and website resources, go to www.adg.org.
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