Melton will be talking about his work and experiences in the feature animation film industry on Thursday, April 3, 7:00 pm in Glass Hall 102 on the campus of Missouri State.
An Artist’s Reception will be held at Brick City Gallery on Friday, April 4, 6-8pm, during First Friday Art Walk.
Character-animation model sculptor Kent Melton started his career as a sculptor of fine wood, before becoming the first staff sculptor employed by Hanna Barbera Studios, where he created maquettes of Flintstones and Jetsons. He has subsequently worked with several leading feature animation studios including Warner Bros (Batman), Universal Studios (where he was Art Director), Don Bluth Studios (Thumbelina), Dreamworks(Prince of Egypt, El Dorado), MGM Studios (Cat in the Hat, The Grinch), and Pixar Studios (The Incredibles). He is perhaps best known for his work for Disney Films, where he created maquettes for feature films Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, and Tangled, among others; and for his work on Coraline and ParaNorman for Laika Entertainment.
Melton’s maquettes have recently been featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the New York Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Kent Melton makes his home in Cape Fair, MO, when he is not away sculpting film characters for studios in California and New York. His most recent projects have been for the film The Boxtrolls, to be released by Laika Entertainment in September, 2014.
Read Melton’s blogs at http://kentmelton.blogspot.com/
Melton’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jkentmelton
Brick City Gallery hours are 11am-6pm Mon-Fri, and Noon-5pm Saturday.