This past weekend was the graduation for SCAD seniors and grad students and they had the lucky fortune to have John Lasseter from the Walt Disney Company and Pixar giving the commencement address. And, it was my good fortune to attend! He gave a very heart warming speech looking back on his career getting his degree at Cal Arts, working at Disney early on, only to be fired for not “fitting in” at the time. Then meeting Ed Catmull, founding Pixar and working with Steve Jobs. John is adamant about animation being for everyone! He shared a story of a well-worn Woody doll being sent to him from the folks at Walt Disney World after it had been turned in at guest relations because the boy who owned it was getting a new one to replace the old one and felt the “old” Woody should retire at Walt Disney World. John was clearly emotional realizing that a character and wonderfully told story can touch peoples lives in more ways than one can imagine. Just because the media happens to be animation or as some would call them cartoons, it can be ever so meaningful to so many! Especially to the boy who would watch cartoons everyday after school, realize he could create them for a living then become the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Toon Studios and the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering!
Cirque du Soleil Performers and Confetti for the Grand Finale at the SCAD Graduation Ceremony
Then later in the afternoon I made a return visit to the SCAD Museum of Art to see the newly installed Vivienne Westwood exhibition, Dress Up Story-1990 Until Now in conjunction with the annual SCAD Fashion Show 2015. The André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Westwood in recognition of her achievements and legacy in fashion. Talley curated the exhibition. Selections from SCAD Museum of Art’s collection of British and American paintings hung salon-style creating a wonderful backdrop for Westwood’s designs.
This one too!