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"Art of Stan Winston Studio"
1999-10-21 until 1999-12-22
Bayly Art Museum
, VA, USA United States of America

The Bayly Art Museum presents the exhibition Creating Characters and Creatures: The Art of Stan Winston Studio, October 21 to December 22. The Museum's display is a collaboration with the Virginia Film Festival, whose Opening Night Gala is a tribute to Stan Winston. The exhibition has received generous support from University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Through the presentation of bronze sculptures, drawings, production photographs, a video, and a scale model of a raptor, the exhibition explores the various elements involved in realizing a special effects creation. Featured in Jurassic Park, Aliens, Terminator 2, and recently in Lake Placid, Sixth Sense, and Inspector Gadget, Winston's creatures have garnered enormous recognition in the Hollywood film industry and in popular culture.

In addition to the examples of special effects artistry, the exhibition also includes works of fine art created by Winston and other artists in his studio, including Joey Orosco, Shane Mahan, Mark Crash McCreery, Christopher Swift, John Rosengrant, and Michael Trcic. A 1968 alumnus of the University of Virginia, Winston combines a fine aesthetic sensibility with superior technical expertise. Each of his creations synthesizes the formal concerns of composition with historical research, technical finesse, and the unlimited boundaries of the imagination. Winston's studio, set up in the manner of a Renaissance atelier, has 75-100 artists and technicians working together to create these masterpieces. Each member of the studio contributes his or her own area of expertise, from a hand-painted eyeball, to a conceptual drawing, or an animatronic model.

The Museum will host several events in conjunction with the exhibition. Stan Winston will give a gallery talk on Saturday, October 23, at 11 am in the Museum. The gallery talk is free and open to the public. The Virginia Film Festival will host an Opening Night Gala at the Museum on Thursday, October 21, at 5:30 pm, followed by an evening tribute to Winston. For more information or to purchase tickets for the gala, call 982-5227.


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