Josh Meador: Animator and Artist of The Golden Age of Disney

On October 16 and 17, 2009, Columbus, will celebrate the life and art of Josh Meador. Meador worked for Walt Disney Productions from 1936 to 1965. He served as head of the studios’ animation effects department and has been called one of the five greatest effects animators in history.

He was born in Greenwood in 1911 and moved to Columbus when he was 7. His animation credits include Snow White, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Cinderella, Bambi, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians, The Forbidden Planet, and Sleeping Beauty. He was co-winner of the 1954 Oscar for special effects for 20,000 leagues Under the Sea.

Meador drew the bubbles in "Cinderella"

Meador drew the bubbles in "Cinderella"

Meador was also noted for his paintings of western scenery, examples hanging in collections ranging from the White House to Walt Disney. He died in 1965 and is buried in Columbus at Friendship Cemetery.

OCTOBER 16TH 7:00 P M, AT MUW’S NISSAN AUDITORIUM–*
THERE WILL BE A PRESENTATION BY PHIL MEADOR ON HIS FATHER’S LIFE AND INFLUENCE ON ANIMATION AND VISUAL EFFECTS IN MOVIES.

Phil is retired after a career in visual effects including film credits for effects in Splash, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Black Cauldron, My Science Project, and Return to Oz.

*Nissan Auditorium is located on the campus of Mississippi University for Women (MUW) inside Parkinson Hall. For a map of the MUW campus please click http://www.muw.edu/campusmap

OCTOBER 17th, 10:00 AM, AT COLUMBUS-LOWNDES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Opening of Josh Meador art exhibit and reception.
The exhibit Josh Meador: Animator and Artist of Disney’s Golden Age will highlight both Meador’s personal artwork and his work at Disney Studios. Included in the exhibit will be an array of original sketches, paintings, photographs, Disney animation cells, and video clips exploring the life and creativity of Josh Meador.

"Cloud Patterns" by Josh Meador

"Cloud Patterns" by Josh Meador

“CLOUD PATTERNS” by Josh Meador –A painting of Walt Disney’s ranch formerly in Disney’s personal art collection which is to be raffled to help preserve the Meador Garage in Columbus.

Only 290 raffle tickets will be sold.

For more information regarding the exhibit call Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304. For information regarding all other events please contact James Tsismanakis at 329-1191.

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  1. Wow, the art is amazing, and what makes it even better is is was created traditionally, what many artists have lost. Thanks

  2. Josh Meador lead the way in his inflence on animation and visual effects in movies.I must say 20,000 leagues Under the Sea was one of my favorite movies of all time, I also read the book a million times. Thanks for the post.


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