We are delighted to announce that, in conjunction with the Persistence of Animation Conference, SCAD-Atlanta will present an exhibition of art and artifacts from the Don Bluth Collecion, which is housed in the school’s Jen Library in Savannah. The exhibit, which will run from July 7th through July 31st, will be on display in Gallery 4 See, which is where registration will take place. (The conference itself will take place in several adjacent rooms.)
The collection, which was donated to SCAD by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, is being organized by the library’s archivist, Deborah Rouse, who provided the following:
The Special Collections Department of SCAD’s Jen Library is honored to be able to present an exhibit of selections from the Don Bluth Collection of Animation for the Society for Animation Studies’ Annual Conference in July. The collection, a generous donation from Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, arrived at the Savannah campus of SCAD in November of 2005 in 857 oversized boxes. It consists of cels, animation drawings, storyboards, color models, and other materials created by Don Bluth Productions and the company’s later incarnations in the production of animated features and video games between 1979 and 2000. Also included in the collection are administrative, legal, and other documents, as well as scripts, concepts, and publicity-related materials. Various media, including films, sound recordings, VHS tapes, photographs, slides, and other formats, round out the collection. The studio operated in both the United States and Ireland, and was at various times, affiliated with other production companies.
A preliminary inventory was completed in summer of 2006 and processing began in the fall of that same year. Though the processing of the collection will continue for many years, the processed portions of the collection are available to students, faculty, and researchers now. It is an amazing resource for a number of disciplines, including animation, sequential art, illustration, and many others. Please stop by while you are at the conference and see the exhibit. We will try to include a little something from all aspects of the collection to appeal to all areas of interest.
The image about is a detail of a animation cel for the video game Dragon’s Lair II, Below is a model sheet for Bruno, the polar bear, from Song of the Ice Whale, also known as Kandu, an unrealized feature project. Copyright 1988. Both are part of the Don Bluth Collection of Animation, Jen Library Archives and Special Collections, Savannah College of Art.