John Pomeroy, a member of the George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts's animation faculty, will be the featured artist in a special exhibit opening Oct. 25. Walt's Imagination: The Life of Walt Disney will feature Pomeroy's illustrations from that book. The exhibit will be in the new location of Lipscomb’s Hutcheson Gallery in Beaman Library from Oct. 25 - Dec. 22. On Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. a reception and book signing with Pomeroy will take place in front of the gallery.
Pomeroy is an American animator, producer, writer, and painter. He attended Art Center College of Design from 1971-73, majoring in illustration.
He was hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1973 as an animation trainee. After six months in the training program, he was assigned to animate on the 1974 featurette, "Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too," under the supervision of veteran animator Frank Thomas. In the years that followed, Pomeroy animated on "The Rescuers" in 1977, "Pete's Dragon," "The Small One" and "The Fox and the Hound."
Pomeroy left Disney in 1979 with his partners Don Bluth and Gary Goldman and started Don Bluth Productions. With Bluth and Goldman, he animated and co-produced "The Secret of NIMH," "An American Tail" (with Steven Spielberg), "The Land Before Time" (with Spielberg & George Lucas), "All Dogs Go To Heaven" and "Thumbelina."
He returned to Disney in 1992 to supervise animation on the character of Captain John Smith in the feature "Pocahontas." He also supervised animation on "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" and "Treasure Planet." He's been an active member of the Shorts and Animation branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science since 1978.
His additional screen credits include: "Curious George," "The Simpsons Movie," "Tom & Jerry and the Wizard of Oz," "Planes" and most recently, "Sofia The First" for Disney Television Animation.
For more information about Lipscomb's visual arts program, visit www.lipscomb.edu/art.