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Presentation by Independent Animator Bill Plympton

March 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Bill Plympton will present and discuss his works as an independent animator at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in Rhoades Robinson Hall Room 125. This event is free and open to everyone.

Plympton is an independent animator, who works outside of the studio system. His animation is created in a traditional manner—crafted by hand. He has received two Academy Award nominations (Your Face, 1987, and Guard Dog, 2005). In 1991, his short, Push Comes to Shove won the impressive Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or. Plympton has created more than 40 animated shorts and 6 feature-length films. 

A recent feature-length documentary depicts his life and his work, Adventures in Plymptoons!, directed by Alexia Anastasio (2011); and the forward of his book, Independently Animated: Bill Plympton: The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation, 2011, was written by Terry Gilliam of Monty Python.

Plympton is also a cartoonist. His work has appeared many magazines and newspapers including Vanity Fair, National Lampoon, Vogue, New York Times, and Rolling Stone

Born in Portland Oregon, Plympton attended Portland State University in graphic design, then transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he received his BA.

This event was made possible by support from the UNC Asheville Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Management, and the NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.

Visitor Parking on the UNC Asheville Campus – Visitors may park in faculty/staff and non-resident lots from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends, holidays, and campus breaks. Visitors are not permitted to park in resident student lots at any time. Campus map is here – use menu bars to find parking lot locations.

Building accessibility information is available here.

 For information, contact the Department of Art and Art History, 828.251.6559, or Associate Professor Cynthia Canejo, 828.251.6874


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March 4, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm