February in LA: “Ladies of Animation”

This just in from downtown Los Angeles gallery GRspace.

Their upcoming Ladies of Animation show is the latest in an ongoing series centered on the art of animation. Curated by a former artistic manager at Pixar and Disney, Gennie Rim, the exhibition underlines the personal work of more than a dozen female artists from major studios including Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks. Character designers and animators, story and visual development artists from films such as Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie and Paperman will be featured.

Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 9th. The show will run through March 2nd. Here’s the official Pres Release. My advice: Go!

“Ladies of Animation” Art Show Showcases Female Talent in Animation

Show Runs from February 9th to March 2nd, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – Gennie Rim, former artistic manager at Pixar and Disney, picks up her ongoing series centered on the art of animation with a new exhibit, “Ladies of Animation,” underlining the personal work of female artists from major studios including Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 6 – 10 p.m at GRspace (114 W. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013). The show runs through March 2nd, 2013.

Featured in the show are: Victoria Ying, Sho Murase, Helen Chen, Nicole Mitchell, Clio Chiang, Griselda Sastrawinata, Anna Chambers, Lorelay Bove, Claire Keane, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Brittney Lee, Kendelle Hoyer and Lissa Treiman.

The women’s contributions span many disciplines within the world of animation from the design of feature characters to story and visual development in films such as Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie and Paperman. The reach of their work extends beyond the studios into the arenas of toy design, graphic novels and advertising.

Of these artists, Rim says, “All of these women are world-class talent, and their personal work should be seen and recognized within the community of animation, and also within the world of fine art.”

A portion of proceeds will be used to support GRworks’ free monthly art workshop for kids — Rim’s simultaneous effort to foster interest and support for youth arts in Los Angeles. The next workshop, taught by animation artists, is scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd from 1 – 3 p.m. at GRspace. For more information, please email [email protected]

About GRworks

Founded by animation professional Gennie Rim, GRworks was conceived in 2012 to bridge the gap between the creativity in commercial animation and fine art. Integral to the vision and philosophy of GRworks is the desire to create a space for highly talented production artists to pursue and exhibit personal works to the fine art and contemporary art communities. GRworks-curated shows have showcased many of the animation industry’s top talent. Rim brings more than 15 years of experience in animation and film, working at such industry titans as Disney and Pixar.


  • mick

    ‘Of these artists, Rim says, “All of these women are world-class talent, and their personal work should be seen and recognized within the community of animation, and also within the world of fine art.” ‘

    Are they not recognised as world class? Is it a question of they should be applauded as having talent ‘despite’ being women? perish the thought! In the strive for equality in all regards how is it we are always pointing out differences in people’s peripheral details? Black artists in animation…. chinese mormons in the world of comic books… gay background painters of warner brothers… Y chromosomes in title sequences…. Irish script writers of distinction… what difference does it make? If they are good at what they do that is enough for me.

    Good luck to them all, they’ll do great because they are outstanding

    • jmahon

      if someone can afford to have this opinion of “we’re all equal, aren’t we? so why acknowledge let alone celebrate differences?”, they have missed the point of these sorts of distinguishing exhibits, and the whole point of equality in certain fields in general… and probably doesn’t belong to any of them. Dare I assume, these sorts of statements mask a feeling of “where’s MY party?”

      As a general life heads-up, equality doesn’t just mean assuming and treating everybody the exact same and pretending their differences don’t exist, it’s understanding everyone’s differences and struggles they’ve overcome to gain equal footing with everyone else. A tall man might need a chair to see the ballgame, a short one might need a box to stand on. What they both have is different from eachother, but what they have is equality, and these sorts of galleries, awards, distinguishments and stuff are not just a celebration of people’s differences but what they had to do to get to the same level as what has been assumed the “norm” for a long time.

      • mick

        ‘As a general life heads-up, equality doesn’t just mean assuming and treating everybody the exact same and pretending their differences don’t exist’ …..

        I think that is the exact definition of equality isn’t it? Although ‘…acknowledging our differences without using them to separate us ‘ rather than ‘pretend their differences don’t exist’

        As you say-
        ‘it’s understanding everyone’s differences and struggles they’ve overcome to gain equal footing with everyone else’

        although that does suggest a constant flux, if everyone is trying to gain equal footing with everyone else.

        You appear to be making a case FOR prejudice and separation You’re assumption that I probably don’t belong to any certain fields would seem very much like you are reaching for your petard with a hoisting in mind. However the benefit of the doubt is a courtesy I extend to you on that score

        It still strikes me as a superfluous detail rather than a celebration of diversity. We are all different, that’s a given, we needn’t treat each other with preconception because of it. This would seem all the more appropriate in the great levelling world of art.

        I don’t mean to labour the point, but try this-

        “All of these men are world-class talent, and….

        Does that sound weirdly pointless?

        Either way, all these women are world class artists and quite brilliant in my opinion and my admiration has nothing to do with their gender, political affiliation, sporting prowess, over come struggles (?) or anything else

        on another note, where IS my party? I bet it’s through the fence in old man Kinsky’s yard again. Gotta fix that hole

    • LauraH

      Wow, Im a woman and that was an overreaction.

  • william bradford

    GO CLIO!!

  • LauraH

    I am a huge fan of all these amazing women and cant wait to see this show opening night! It’ll be great times!

  • James Madison

    Always good to hear about talented artist!

  • Mister Twister

    I hope GOOD webcomics help female artists get wider recognition.