When I discovered the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art was basing an entire exhibit around Walt Disney animation cels I was tickled pink. I was giddy in excitement and anticipation.
I love Disney for what most people love it for — the whimsy and the magic. But I also can't get enough of the art. I thought it was wonderful that a major arts institution, with a permanent collection with the likes of so many world-famous artists like van Gogh, Degas, Monet and more, would house Disney. Many view it as kitsch or low-brow, but this...this was legitimizing Disney Studio's work in the art realm.
And, as described in the story, hopefully, the exhibit — packed full of familiar, sentimental characters and scenes — would act as a sort of "gateway art," and encourage arts awareness and participation from patrons who may not typically be interested in art.
To this day, this is one of my most favorite stories I've worked on. One, because I love Disney, and two, because I love art. Combining the two is just a dream come true.
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