Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton in a self-portrait.

Bill Plympton, renowned American animator, cartoonist, director, screenwriter and producer will be at Southern Arkansas University 2:30-4 p.m. Friday.

He will speak to art students, faculty and the public, and present some of his animated work at the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center in Foundation Hall.

Plympton may be best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated short "Your Face" and his series of shorts "Guard Dog," "Guide Dog," "Hot Dog," and "Horn Dog."

CLICK HERE to visit his website.

Born in Portland Ore., Plympton began studying art in his hometown, but transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he received his bachelor's degree.

His work, known for its imagination, wit, and charm, has appeared in the magazines: Vanity Fair, National Lampoon, Vogue and Rolling Stone. He has created animated commercials for a variety of products in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition Plympton's work has won awards for animated film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Hollywood, Portland, and he won the Grand Prize for film shorts in 2001 at the Cannes Film Festival.

During his presentation SAU, Plympton will be giving away drawings and autographing books and DVDs that will be on sale. His appearance coincides with the new program concentration for the Art Department.

The presentation is open to the public and admission is free.

CLICK HERE to watch clips from two of Plympton’s short films, “25 Ways to Quit Smoking” and “How to Kiss.”


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