MA – Worldbuilding Lecture

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Artist James Gurney speaks at WPI on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 pm!

Kinnecutt Hall, Salisbury Labs 115

James Gurney is best known as the creator of Dinotopia, the Hugo Award-winning book series that spawned a mini-industry of TV shows, video games and an animated feature film. He specializes in “painting realistic images of scenes that can’t be photographed.” His work has appeared in National Geographic magazine, the Smithsonian and Norman Rockwell Museums, and on United States postage stamps. His most recent book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010) was Amazon’s #1 bestselling book on painting for over 52 weeks.

Mr. Gurney is also a highly sought-after lecturer, appearing everywhere from Disney to Dreamworks to Lucasfilm to Blizzard. His WPI lecture, titled “Worldbuilding,” will include a live demonstration of his amazing technique.

The Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) lecture series brings in influential people from academia and industry to speak on topics relevant to IMGD. These sessions are formal presentations open to the general public.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280

NH – Dinotopia & Worldbuilding Lecture

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James Gurney appears at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on Wednesday, Feb. 20th!

Press Release:

Breathe deep, seek peace, Dinotopia fans, and don’t miss Norman Rockwell Museum’s traveling exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney exhibited by the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The exhibition will run from Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013.

Celebrate the opening of this exciting exhibit on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5 pm followed by James Gurney’s lecture: Worldbuilding: How to Develop a Fantasy Universe at 6:30 pm. The opening is free and open to the public. Gurney’s lecture is part of the Institute’s Distinguished American Artists Discussing Art lecture series and the cost to attend is $20.

From the soothing, restorative environment of Waterfall City to the hidden wonders of Chandara, acclaimed author and illustrator James Gurney’s magical Dinotopian world comes to life in this enchanting exhibition that features 22 original paintings from the best-selling illustrated books Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (2007), and presents fascinating examples of the illustrator’s creative process, including reference materials, and a handmade scale-model.

Inspired by archaeology, lost civilizations, and the art of illustration, Gurney’s Dinotopia, an extraordinary place where humans and dinosaurs live in harmony, fuses fantasy with realism and scientific accuracy. “The thing I love about dinosaurs is that they are on that balance point between fantasy and reality,” says Gurney. “It might be hard to believe that mermaids and dragons really existed, but we know that dinosaurs did―we can see their footprints and skeletons but we can’t photograph them or see them, except in our imagination.”

The Dinotopia storyline chronicles the adventures and remarkable experiences of Professor Arthur Denison and his son Will on Dinotopia, a mysterious “lost” island inhabited by dinosaurs and shipwrecked travelers. The faraway land of Dinotopia― wholly the product of Gurney’s fertile imagination, scientific knowledge and meticulous artistic ability―is a civilization like no other. The society has its own language, alphabet (dinosaur footprints that correspond to each letter of the Roman alphabet), colorful festivals and parades. The lively cast of characters includes the inquisitive Professor Denison; Will and Sylvia, the adventurous young Skybax riders-in-training; the devious curmudgeon Lee Crabb; the beautiful musician Oriana Nascava; and a multilingual, diplomatic Protoceratops named Bix.

“We are honored to present this exciting collection of original works by James Gurney,” said New Hampshire Institute of Art Illustration Chair Jim Burke. “This is t the first of what we hope will be many collaborations with the Norman Rockwell Museum.”
THE MAN BEHIND DINOTOPIA

James Gurney lives with his family in New York State’s Hudson Valley. He was born on June 14, 1958, in Glendale, California. As a young boy, he found it difficult to find books on dinosaurs, a subject that always captivated him. A childhood museum visit provided his first encounter with the skeleton of a formidable Allosaurus, leading him to imagine the dinosaur skeletons “stepping off of their platforms and tip-toeing through the hallways at night,” returning to their post by daybreak.

Gurney’s youthful daydreams inspired an interest in archaeology and lost civilizations. The artist recalls many hours spent excavating his suburban backyard for arrowheads and “even a lost temple.” During college he majored in anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in 1979 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. From there he went on to pursue his lifelong interest in art, studying illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he met his wife Jeanette, also an artist, who shared his love for sketching outdoors.

A cross-country trip with friend and fellow artist Thomas Kinkade resulted in The Artist’s Guide to Sketching (1982). During his early career he painted jungle and volcano backdrops for animator Ralph Bakshi’s Fire and Ice (1983) and became interested in the fantasy genre. His art soon appeared on the covers of science fiction and fantasy novels but his big break as an illustrator came from National Geographic magazine with a series of challenging assignments working with scientists and historians to recreate ancient worlds. Gurney’s secret dream was to discover a lost city as significant as Troy or Machu Picchu and so, in his spare time, he envisioned and painted Waterfall City and Dinosaur Parade, which inspired the conceptual framework for Dinotopia.

His first Dinotopia book, the New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time, appeared in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two million copies. Gurney has written and illustrated three other volumes in the series, Dinotopia: The World Beneath, Dinotopia: First Flight, and Dinotopia: Journey To Chandara. In 2002, Hallmark Entertainment produced a lavish $86 million television miniseries for ABC-TV based on the Dinotopia books that received record-setting ratings and an Emmy award for best visual effects.
About Norman Rockwell Museum

Founded in 1969, Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the enduring legacy of one of America’s greatest artists. The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art, and presents the works of contemporary and past masters of illustration. The Norman Rockwell Archive contains more than 200,000 photographs, letters, and other ephemera. In 2008, the Museum was awarded the National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals or institutions whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities.

The Museum is located in Stockbridge, MA, where Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life. In 1993, the Museum moved from its original home at the Old Corner House on Stockbridge’s Main Street to its present location, a 36-acre site overlooking the Housatonic River Valley. Architect Robert A. M. Stern designed the Museum gallery building.
About the NH Institute of Art

Established in 1898 as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences, the New Hampshire Institute of Art has had a firm commitment to educating diverse traditional and nontraditional students in the fine arts. 

The Institute offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree drawing undergraduate students from across the United States and Canada. Its Certificate Programs and a Continuing Education program attract and engage community members from throughout New England. Dedicated faculty promote intellectual and artistic development and teach students to respond artistically to contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues. 

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The mission of the Sharon Arts Center is to engage the community in the artistic process, to support and serve artists and craftspeople, and to foster the relationship between artists and the community through education, exhibitions, and the promotion and sale of arts and crafts as well as through special programs and events. The Sharon Arts center offers a wide variety of art classes and programs in the school facility in Sharon, NH.

New Hampshire Institute of Art
148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 03104

CT – Dinotopia Signing

James Gurney, author and illustrator of Dinotopia, appears at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum for a presentation and book signing on Saturday October 13th, 2012 at 2:00pm.

Press Release:

Lyman Allyn Art Museum announces a new exhibition DINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and Imagination opening September 22, 2012 and on view through February 2, 2013.

Dinosaur fans get ready! DINOTOPIA: Art, Science, and Imagination showcases the original artwork of James Gurney. Gurney is the author and illustrator of Dinotopia, an illustrated book series that tells the story of an island where humans and sentient dinosaurs live together in harmony. Dinotopia appeals to both adults and children and was the inspiration for the 2002 television miniseries.

On view from September 22, 2012 through February 2, 2013, the exhibition brings together paintings from Gurney’s well-loved books A Land Apart From Time, The World Beneath, Journey to Chandara, and First Flight, along with sketches and maquettes from Gurney’s studio. Dinosaur specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, including a Deinonychus skull and a Tyrannosaurus tooth, will complement the paintings and illuminate the science behind Gurney’s art. Children, families, steampunk enthusiasts, and dinosaur fans of all ages will agree that this exhibition should not be missed!

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s mission is to respond and appeal to the regional community. In that spirit, the museum has planned an exciting schedule of programs to accompany this exhibition.

Image ©2012 James Gurney.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
625 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320
Exit 83 off of I-95
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm
For more information, please call 860 443-2545

MA – Howard Pyle as Picturemaker

Illustrator James Gurney speaks at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Master of narrative art and creator of the Dinotopia book series, James Gurney explores Howard Pyle’s methods and philosophies, including his approach to visual storytelling, principles of composition, and use of models. $16 or with Museum admission, members $10.

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262

NYC – Holiday Kickoff

James Gurney, Jerry Pinkney, and many more sign on Saturday, November 26th from 12:00 – 2:00 at Books of Wonder in NYC.

JERRY PINKNEY – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
JAMES GURNEY – Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time – The 20th Anniversary Edition
ED YOUNG – The House That Baba Built
DAVID WIESNER – Tuesday 20th Anniversary Edition
HILARY KNIGHT -Nina in That Makes Me Mad
MELISSA SWEET -Balloons Over Broadway
SUSAN JEFFERS – Hansel & Gretel
LEO & DIANE DILLON – Never Forgotten; The Secret River
CHARLES SANTORE – The Night Before Christmas

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

NY – Great Hudson River Exhibition

James Gurney & many more artists appear at the Mill Street Loft on July 9, 2011 from 4:00-6:00pm.

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Press Release:

“The Great Hudson River Exhibition” Juried Fine Art Exhibition Opening Reception
July 9, 2011 • 4:00-6:00pm
Mill Street Loft ARTS, at the River Center
Red Flynn Road, Beacon, NY

Mill Street Loft ARTS new exhibition space located at the River Center on Red Flynn Road, at Long Dock Park on the Beacon Waterfront, is pleased to present The Great Hudson River Exhibition a fine art exhibition focusing on the majestic Hudson River opening on Saturday, July 9th.

This show will be the first art exhibition to open at the River Center. The show will remain on view through Sunday, September 4th. An Opening Reception for the artists and public will take place in the gallery on Saturday, July 9th from 4:00 – 6:00pm.  A special awards ceremony featuring prizes and other recognition awards will be held during the opening reception.

Bartholomew Bland, Curator at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY served as juror for this prestigious exhibition and also selected the awards and prizes. Bartholomew Bland has been the Curator of Exhibitions at the Hudson River Museum since 2004.

The Great Hudson River Exhibition showcases truly outstanding work by professional painters, photographers and mixed media artists from throughout the United States. Fifty-two brilliant works of both traditional and contemporary Hudson River themed works will be featured. Visitors to the show will enjoy this diverse collection which has something for everyone.

The Great Hudson River Exhibition features professional artists from several states, including: Garin Baker of New Windsor, NY, Clayton Buchanan of Newburgh, NY,  Joseph Bushman of Bronxville, NY, Paul Chapman of Hudson Falls, NY, Carla Crawford of New York, NY, Kevin Cook of New Paltz, NY,  Ray Curran of New Paltz, NY,  Lexi Damico of Walden, NY, Amanda Epstein of Putnam Valley, NY,  Micheal Gallo Farrell of Hyde Park, NY, John Fasulo of Beacon, NY, Taryl Gabel of Poughkeepsie, NY, Eleanor Gilpatrick of New York, NY,  Joan Giordano of New York, NY, Theresa Gooby of Beacon, NY, Katherine Gray of New Paltz, NY,  Keith Gunderson of Kerhonkson, NY, James Gurney of Rhinebeck, NY, Andrew Kilpatrick of Hyde Park, NY, Andrew Lattimore of  Highland Mills, NY,  Emilie Lee of Brooklyn, NY, Nestor Madalengoitia of Poughkeepsie, NY, Gregory Martin of Wappingers Falls, NY, Basha Maryanska of Beacon, NY,  Dan McCormack of Accord, NY, Meadow of Pine Bush, NY, Seth Nadel of Highland, NY,  William Noonan of Newburgh, NY,  Franc Palaia of Poughkeepsie, NY, Sara Pfau of Brooklyn, NY,  Michelle Rivas of Beacon, NY,  Kenneth Salaz of New York, NY, Elaine E. Sampson of Oakland, CA, Lauren Sansaricq of Jersey City, NJ, Todd Smith of Columbia, PA, Irv Suss of New City, NY, Susan Togut of Mt. Tremper, NY, Mary E. Whitehill of Newburgh NY, Marlene Wiedenbaum of Highland, NY, Kenneth Vick of New York, NY and James Zatlukal of Wappingers Falls, NY.

For more information on “The Great Hudson River Exhibition please visit www.millstreetloft.org

MA – Dinotopia Lecture

James Gurney, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dinotopia book series, speaks at Art Institute of Boston on Nov. 15th from 6:30-8:30pm. Following his lecture, Mr. Gurney will be signing copies of his books titled Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, and Realism: How to paint what doesn’t exist. Cash and checks will be accepted for book purchases.

A short lecture and demonstration will be held on Tuesday, November 16 from 12:30 to 2pm at 601 Newbury Street, room N340/360. All are welcome!

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Art Institute of Boston – Room 215
700 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

VT – North Bennington Plein Air Competition

James Gurney (Dinotopia) posts on his blog:

The North Bennington Plein Air Competition will be held September 8-12 in North Bennington, Vermont. This first-annual event brings together an invited list of on-location painters in a lovely setting.

There will be a quick draw, a wagon ride for artists to scout motifs, an auction, cash prizes, and various social events. Art buyers will be able to acquire some fine works in various media. I’ll be there as a judge, but I’ll be painting as well.

I’ll also be giving two lectures:

Thursday, September 9 at 4:00. Imaginative Realism. Behind-the-scenes view of the creation of Dinotopia and other realistic fantasies. Location: Historic Park McCullough. Geared for both artists and family audiences (bring the kids!). Book signing to follow. 802-442-5441.

Thursday evening, September 9 at 8:00 Plein-Air Pioneers. History and modern practice of outdoor painting. Location: Deane Carriage Barn on the campus of Bennington College. Book signing to follow.

Note: Quick-draw artists should register ASAP. Go to website for details and registration form.

Comics Invasion at BookExpo America

UPDATED:

Todd McFarlane, Garth Ennis, Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, and more comics creators appear next week at BookExpo America in Manhattan. BEA takes place at New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center from May 25-27.

Signings include:

Wednesday May 26th
Tony DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicles) – Booth 3940  from 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Eric Shanower & Skottie Young (Wonderful Wizard of Oz) – Booth 4564 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis) – Booth 3740 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Tom Wilson (Ziggy) – Booth 3559 @ 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury) – Booth 3559 @ 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Todd McFarlane (Haunt, Spawn) - Booth 4558 from 2:00PM-4:00PM

Thursday, May 27, 2010
James Gurney (Dinotopia) – Booth 2951 @ 1:00PM – 1:30PM

Jonathan Maberry (Black Panther) – Booth 2951 @ 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Garth Ennis (The Boys)- Booth 4571 @ 2:00PM – 4:00PM

For more details please visit the BEA website…

Press Release:

Image Comics is proud to announce that SPAWN creator and Image Partner TODD MCFARLANE will appear at Book Expo America (BEA) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Javits Center in New York City.

Image Comics will be exhibiting with Diamond Book Distributors, booth #4558. McFarlane will be at the booth for an exclusive signing from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Complimentary copies of the first HAUNT trade will be available during the signing. Image will also distribute copies of various Image Firsts titles throughout BEA.

“As the comic book culture continues to outgrow its historic roots of the comic book store, a big movement has been made towards book stores,” says McFarlane. “Book stores have now become fertile ground for people like myself, and I need to make sure I get out there, put my best foot forward, in terms of making presentations to the stores and letting retailers know what’s coming out. Now, there’re arguably just as many consumers coming to bookstores for comic product as comic book stores. They’re an extremely important part of our business.”

From budding baseball player to comic book artist extraordinaire to family man, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has a wealth of experience in the world of entertainment. McFarlane’s road trip to creative autonomy began when he accepted an assignment penciling for Marvel/Epic Comics in March 1984. From there, he worked his way to the top of the talent roster before leaving Marvel to help found Image Comics with six other artists. It was then that Todd introduced his own character, Spawn. In 1994, Todd founded McFarlane Toys. Over the years, the company has become one of the largest, most renowned toy manufacturers in the world.

Don’t miss Todd McFarlane during his one-day-only appearance at BEA on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

MA – Imaginative Realism Signing

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Painting What Doesn’t Exist: An Afternoon with James Gurney


“Mountain Tribesman,” James Gurney, 2007. ©2007 James Gurney. All rights reserved.

Saturday, March 13, 1 to 4 p.m. 

Award-winning fantasy artist and creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney, explores ways to incorporate detail and imagination into stunningly realistic fantasy settings. At 1 p.m., the artist will discuss the step-by-step techniques that have won him worldwide critical acclaim, followed by hands-on art making and a booksigning of Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist. Free with Museum admission, kids and teens free.

About James Gurney:
James Gurney is the best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series. He has worked on assignment as a National Geographic artist, and illustrated seventeen United States postage stamps, and numerous book covers. An accomplished, award-winning artist, Gurney is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including seven Chesley Awards from the Association of Fantasy Artists, two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention, and Best of Show from the Art Director’s Club. Gurney’s art currently appears in museum exhibitions around the world, including the Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibition Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney.

 Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Route 183,  Stockbridge, MA 01262

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