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Pixar veteran Bill Cone at UNCG Nov. 14

Photo of Bill ConeIf you’ve enjoyed such Pixar films as “Toy Story,” “Cars” and “A Bug’s Life,” you’ve seen the work of Bill Cone.

Later this month, hear him speak about it.

The talk Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. will be in UNCG’s Curry Building Auditorium. The public is invited to the Art Department sponsored event, which is free of charge.

If you’ve wondered how these films are made and the artistry and vision that goes into them, this is a great opportunity to learn more.

Pixar Production Designer Bill Cone is a studio veteran of more than 20 years. He first started at Pixar as a freelance artist before being hired full-time to work on character and set designs for “Toy Story”. Since then Cone has been responsible for designing the environments, sets and color of such Pixar classics as “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2” and “Cars.” He also contributed work for such films as “Ratatouille,” “Up” and “Brave”.

Dr. Heather Holian, a UNCG associate professor of art who is researching the art of Pixar, notes that his Pixar work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and is currently touring internationally as part of the Pixar: 25 Years of Animation exhibition.

In addition to his work for Pixar, Cone also maintains an active personal studio practice. His personal work consists of evocative pastel landscapes, which explore the unique light, atmosphere, color and essence of place.

Questions about the talk? Email Heather Holian at hlholian@uncg.edu.