Will Vinton Exhibit Coming to Art Institute of Calif.

Oscar-winning Claymation maestro Will Vinton will be the focus of a new exhibit opening at The Art Institute of California in Los Angeles from July 11 through August 31. The Artist’s reception will be held July 21 at 6 pm. and is open to the public.

Vinton founded Will Vinton Studios in 1976, after he and Bob Gardiner won a Best Animated Short Academy Award for Closed Mondays. The studio went on to produce the hugely popular animated California Raisins commercials and the FOX primetime comedy The PJs with Eddy Murphy. Other noteworthy projects include UPN’s brilliant-but-canceled stop-motion comedy series Gary & Mike and the 1985 feature The Adventures of Mark Twain.

In 2003, Nike founder Phil Knight assumed majority ownership of the studios and Vinton was laid off from the company he started. Operating without its namesake, Vinton Studios is currently working with Tim Burton on the feature Corpse Bride (coming this September) and with Nightmanre Before Christmas director Henry Selick on a number of projects including an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.

Following a bit of a hiatus from the industry, Will Vinton is signed with the Creative Arts Agency and is focusing on developing and directing a range of animated features and other projects through a new company, which will eventually bare his name once he works out details with Vinton Studios.