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The Cat Behind the Hat!

Please join us as we present

The Cat Behind the Hat!

at our new location in San Diego’s Little Italy

1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101

Opening night reception, Saturday, November 2, from 5 to 8 PM. RSVP by writing SanDiego@ChuckJones.com or calling 619-294-9880.

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture, which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Chuck Jones Gallery will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection at the gallery, located at 1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, from November 2 through November 14. Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names such as Carbonic Walrus, Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.

Additionally, Ted’s cat was never far from his artist thoughts. He drew himself as The Cat Behind the Hat, his cat was the protagonist in several of his Secret Art paintings and, as a fun aside, many of his early advertisements and cartoons had a “cat bystander” witnessing all the action. They hinted at his adventures across the world, his reclusive sensibility despite his fame, and his penchant for the childlike fantasy and humor, which infused nearly every facet of his life.

Despite the unprecedented demand during his lifetime, no limited edition artworks were ever conceived, authorized, or created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after Geisel’s death. That year, this exclusive project put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions, which firmly established him as one of the most iconic artistic talents of the 20th century.

Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Cat in Obsolete Shower Bath, fine art print by Dr. Seuss. In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel (Ted Geisel’s widow) writes, “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.” Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the unique artistic vision of Theodor Seuss Geisel!

 

 

The Chuck Jones Experience Pops Up!

The Chuck Jones Experience Pops Up in Laguna Beach!

At Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art

Two Weeks Only!

Laguna Beach, CA: The Chuck Jones Experience, last seen in Las Vegas’s Circus Circus Hotel in 2015, will be on display at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art from August 1 through August 15, 2019. The exhibition will include rare and vintage original production art from films and books created by four-time Academy Award-recipient, and animation legend, Chuck Jones.

The Chuck Jones Experience will be open seven days a week from 11 to 6 PM each day through its run and is free and open to the public. Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art is located at 611 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, California. Opening events are planned for Thursday, August 1st during Laguna Beach’s First Thursday Art Walk as well as a Grand Opening on Saturday, August 3rd from 3 to 7 PM.

“We’re particularly thrilled to bring the Chuck Jones Experience to Laguna Beach, long a bastion of the visual arts in Orange County,” said Director of Special Exhibitions, Michael Fiacco. “Not only did Chuck Jones summer on the Newport Peninsula in the early 20th century, he also made his home here for the last few decades of his life. This exhibit covers much of his career, from original production art used to create such films as 1947’s Pepé le Pew film, “Scent-imental Over You” to 1996’s Emmy Award-winning “Peter and the Wolf”.  Also included are original works for two of his books, the autobiography “Chuck Amuck” as well as “Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life.”

Besides the exhibition of rare vintage artwork, the exhibit also includes Jones’s contemporary work that is available for acquisition. From his stunning street scenes to his cel art editions and fine art prints that feature the Looney Tunes characters he made so popular, this portion of the exhibit will wow spectators and entice collectors alike.

Images and complete Chuck Jones biography available upon request.

Birth of a Notion–Celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th Birthday!

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Art Institute of California–Orange County celebrated Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday with a gala inauguration of a new exhibit, “Birth of a Notion” on his birthday, September 21st. The exhibit chronicles Jones’s passionate belief in the power of the human form as it relates to the production of the animated film.

From left: Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones's daughter,

From left: Michael J. Hansen,  Director of the Aussic Gallery at the Art Institute; Sheila Estaniel, Director of Campus Relations at the Art Institute; Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones’s daughter, Lindsey Morgan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Mark Lucero, President of Art Institute of California–Orange County.

Cakes and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Cakes and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the students of the culinary school at the Art Institute and their restaurant, 5ifty Forks.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Linda Jones Clough, right, and her son, Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, blow out the birthday candles celebrating Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Film students at the Art Institute interview Linda Jones and Craig Kausen.

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated the exhibit, "Birth of a Notion".

Robert Patrick of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity curated and installed the exhibit, “Birth of a Notion”.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones's 104th birthday.

Chloe DeMore, 16, a student at Music Vault Academy in Laguna Niguel, performed an original composition in honor of Chuck Jones’s 104th birthday.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

Santiago Pinzon, a student at Music Vault Academy, manned the DJ booth during the reception.

The hors d'oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

The hors d’oeuvres, prepared by students at the culinary school and 5ifty Forks restaurant were themed to the artwork. P.S. It was delicious!

Many thanks to the Art Institute of California–Orange County for hosting the exhibit and presenting the reception. It was a perfect celebration of the creative genius of Chuck Jones!

Photos courtesy Stephen Russo.

 

 

Tickets Now on Sale for the Grand Opening of “Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination” Exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum — San Francisco

Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination
Opening Reception
Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm


The Cartoon Art Museum and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will host a special reception for the exhibition, Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  Special guests include Chuck Jones’ widow, Marian Jones, his daughter,Linda Jones Clough and grandson, Craig Kausen, who is the Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as other guests from the family and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cartoon Art Museum and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Tickets are $50 for the VIP portion, $10 for the reception and can be purchased through: http://guestli.st/151239

Additional level tickets offer discount memberships to the Cartoon Art Museum and charter membership to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  Please visit the ticket page for details.

From 6pm to 7pm, the VIP portion will include an exclusive Docent Tour of the exhibit by Linda Jones Clough and Craig Kausen. Exclusive items will be available for auction, including tribute pieces from artists at Pixar Animation Studios and an original Chuck Jones piece.  Refreshments courtesy of Square MealsShmaltz Brewery and Garden Creamery.

From 7pm to 9pm regular ticket buyers can enjoy refreshments, mix and mingle with our special guests and participate in the auction. Exclusive items will be available for auction, including tribute pieces from artists at Pixar Animation Studios and an original Chuck Jones piece. The auction will close for live bidding at 8pm.

About the Exhibition:  February 9 – May 5, 2013 
The Cartoon Art Museum presents a centennial retrospective of the art of legendary animation director and creator Chuck Jones, on display from February 9 through May 5, 2013.  The exhibition, comprising 100 works of art from the late 1930s through the late 1990s, is entitled Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination100 Years of an Animated Artist. Artwork for the exhibit is provided by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.

Chuck Jones, a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts in Valencia), drew $1.00 portraits on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles before he began his career in animation as a cel washer at Ubbe Iwerks Studio in 1932. He directed his first cartoon, “The Night Watchman,” for Leon Schlesinger Productions in 1938 and went to helm such classic Warner Brothers shorts as "What's Opera, Doc?" and "One Froggy Evening."  Winner of three animation Oscars and an honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar for "the creation of classic cartoons and cartoon characters," Jones is today considered synonymous with the "Golden Age" of studio animation and has inspired many of today’s most significant film directors, artists, and animators.  

“I have been a fan of the Cartoon Art Museum for many years and to finally have such an extensive exhibition presented here is like a dream come true.  My grandfather loved San Francisco and its denizens. This exhibition, with many never-before-exhibited works, is a masterpiece to celebrate Chuck’s Centennial Celebration,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck’s grandson.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and to bring our patrons 100 pieces of classic and rarely seen artwork from one of the greatest and most influential cartoonists in American history,” said Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago.  “Chuck received the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award for lifetime achievement in 1998, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to further celebrate his extraordinary career and talent.”   

About The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient and legendary animation creator, Chuck Jones, the Center’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and world.

The Center is dedicated to re-invigorating the creative spirit and they are doing it through art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from the material in the Chuck Jones archive. Jones was a determined saver and his writings, art, and other ephemera from a nine-decade life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing instruction form the basis of their programs.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.  The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world.  The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.

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Cartoon Art Museum * 655 Mission Street – San Francisco, CA 94105 – 415-CAR-TOON - www.cartoonart.org <http://www.cartoonart.org>  
Hours:  Tues.  Sun. 11:00 – 5:00, Closed Monday
General Admission: $7.00 – Student/Senior:$5.00 – Children 6-12:$3.00 – Members & Children under 6: Free

The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, 
study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms. 

Two Artists Two Events One Day!

For
immediate release

Contact: Robert Patrick, rpatrick@lje.com,
949-660-7791 x 22103 

Two Artists Two Events One Day!

“Simpsons” Storyboard Artist, Stephen Reis

Free Fun for the Whole Family! 10 AM to 1 PM                                                      

Painter, Mike
Kungl
  
 

New Work, Exhibition and Sale – 1 to 4 PM                                                                                     

Saturday, November 3rd

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity &
Art Gallery

Costa Mesa, CA: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
announced today that on Saturday, November 3, 2012, beginning at 10 AM “Simpsons”
storyboard artist and director, Stephen Reis, will lead a workshop on creating
storyboards and character development during the Center’s “The Great, Grand
Chuck Jones Family Happening!” This event is free and open to the public and
will end at 1PM. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is located at 3321
Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa in Orange County’s hippest new gathering place, South
Coast Collection (SoCo).

Immediately
following “The Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening” the Chuck Jones
Gallery will host a reception for painter Mike Kungl whose work graces the
halls of Warner Bros. Television, DreamWorks Entertainment and Ingram Micro to
name but a few of his corporate collectors. His Art Deco and Art
Moderne-inspired imagery is always in full bloom whether he’s painting a
beautiful woman or Bugs Bunny and one of his adversaries. The reception for
this artist will end at 4 PM and is free and open to the public.

“We’re
thrilled to be able to bring Stephen Reis to the Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity’s ‘The Great, Grand Chuck Jones Family Happening!’,” says Craig
Kausen, Chairman of the Center and Chuck Jones’s grandson. “His ability to
guide and nurture creativity is inspirational and a wonder to behold. Children
and adults will thoroughly enjoy their time with him.”

“Both
of my parents were very encouraging of my artistic pursuits. Not once can I
remember them trying to talk me out of going into an art-related career, while
at the same time reminding me that it is still a business and that you have to
be a professional to work as a professional,” says Stephen Reis about his
choice of career.


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Stephen Reis

Currently the storyboard artist for the longest running
animated sitcom on television, “The Simpsons”, Reis brings a child-like
intensity to the work he creates tempered by an adult’s more realistic
approach. The results: hilarious!

“Mike Kungl is one of today’s art stars, known for his Art Deco/Moderne
influenced paintings and fine art prints,” notes Scott Dicken, VP of retail for
the Chuck Jones Companies and director of the Chuck Jones Gallery at SoCo.
“This will be his first exhibition at our Costa Mesa gallery and we will be
featuring never-before-seen original drawings, mixed media, and works on
canvas.”

"I strive to produce work that I'm
personally going to have fun designing and painting. Therefore when it's
complete my goal is having the collector be just as entertained looking
at it as I was creating it,” states Mike Kungl on his approach to selecting
subject matter and the creation of his artwork.

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Mike Kungl

A resident of Orange County,
California, Kungl is the official artist of the 25th Annual Miami
Beach Art Deco Weekend. The Miami honor is just one of many in a
succession of developments that highlight Kungl’s growing reputation as a
recognized artist across the country and around the world. His work is featured
regularly in magazine articles, how to books and television shows. The Chuck Jones Gallery at the Center for
Creativity is pleased to represent his original work and fine art limited
editions.

Founded in 1999, the Chuck Jones
Center for Creativity’s vision is to inspire the innate creative genius within
each person that leads to a more joyous, passionate, and harmonious life and
world. These are important goals, particularly in today’s world, when arts
education is practically non-existent. The Center is dedicated to
reinvigorating the creative spirit and is accomplishing that through art
classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals, all of which spring from
the material in the Chuck Jones archive. His writings, art, and other ephemera
from a nine-decade life along with his philosophy of guiding and nurturing
instruction form the basis of the programs of the Center.

The Chuck Jones Gallery has been an
Orange County institution since 1991 and a magnet for collectors and visitors
from around the world. Located inside the Center’s 8000 square foot building at
South Coast Collection, the OC’s most fashionable shopping and dining
destination, the Gallery regularly exhibits the work of Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss,
Disney Studios, and the Chuck Jones Homage Artists which include Mike Kungl,
Bob Elias, Jeff Degrandis, Mike Peraza, James Coleman, and Tennessee Loveless.
Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesday.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,
3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 949-274-4834

Stephen Reis and Mike Kungl available
for interviews subject to their schedule. Images available upon request.

 

Artist Mike Kungl at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, a Comic Con Moment

Artist Mike Kungl and his beautiful wife, Dana, made a rare public appearance last night at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego, the first night of Comic Con 2012. The gallery displayed the largest collection of original paintings by the artist to have been exhibited in many years. 

The gallery, located at 232 Fifth Avenue in San Diego's notorious Gaslamp Quarter (just one half block north of the Convention Center) was thrilled to premier new original work and the artist's rare and sold-through editions, such as "Illudium Q36". Kungl has been chosen as a Chuck Jones Homage Artist, celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.

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Mike Kungl (center) poses with a Storm Trooper at last night's reception for the artist. Is this a case of art imitating life or life imitating art? You tell me.

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"Rocket Squad" original mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, 14" x 11" available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. 

Mike Kungl participated in this year's Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction, and in this short video talks about his work and the Center.

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"Duck Dodgers–The Quest for Planet X", mixed media on board by Mike Kungl, available at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego. See this and other works by Mike Kungl when you visit the gallery!

“What’s Up Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

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Robin Miller, writing in Sunday's "The Advocate" (the daily newspaper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana), interviewed Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones's grandson. She begins the interview: 

"You stand among Bugs and Daffy and Porky and Pepe.

"Ah, yes, The ever-romantic Pepe Le Pew, who has been a part of your life since, well, when? Since you can remember — really remember — laughing? Since you first watched the fuse blow up in Wile E. Coyote’s face while the Roadrunner zooms by?

"Or could it be the realization that though the characters and gags haven’t changed through the years, your understanding of them has? That’s when it hits you, when you realize Chuck Jones’ Looney Tunes characters are a part of your life. No, it runs deeper than that. They’re as much a part of you as they are Craig Kausen." To read the entire article, click here or on the image above. 

“What’s Up Doc? The Animated Art of Chuck Jones” at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

STYLE GUIDE -MISC-2 copy
Robin Miller, writing in Sunday's "The Advocate" (the daily newspaper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana), interviewed Craig Kausen, chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Chuck Jones's grandson. She begins the interview: 

"You stand among Bugs and Daffy and Porky and Pepe.

"Ah, yes, The ever-romantic Pepe Le Pew, who has been a part of your life since, well, when? Since you can remember — really remember — laughing? Since you first watched the fuse blow up in Wile E. Coyote’s face while the Roadrunner zooms by?

"Or could it be the realization that though the characters and gags haven’t changed through the years, your understanding of them has? That’s when it hits you, when you realize Chuck Jones’ Looney Tunes characters are a part of your life. No, it runs deeper than that. They’re as much a part of you as they are Craig Kausen." To read the entire article, click here or on the image above. 

Our Heartfelt Gratitude

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Tempe Center for the Arts: "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter" exhibit

Late in his life, Chuck Jones began to receive long
overdue accolades for his prolific body of work.  These included a film
retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of the Moving
Image, London (for which he created, on-site, a multi-story mural of his
much-loved Warner Bros. characters,) and an interactive art exhibition at the
Capitol Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C.   And of course, there have been
multiple film festival tributes world-wide honoring the man who brought you such
classic animated fare as “What’s Opera, Doc?” and “The Dot and the Line.” 

But, for the first time, his art (drawings, paintings,
writings) and his life (photos and ephemera) along with his film work have been
the focus of an exciting triple-site retrospective, lovingly constructed and
executed by the amazing curatorial staffs of the Tempe Center for the Arts
(Chuck Amuck:  A Legacy of
Laughter)
, Tempe Public Libraries (The Books of Chuck Jones:  Black and White and Read
All Over),
and Sky Harbor Airport Museum, Phoenix (Chuck Jones:  An Animated Life).  Their
obvious love for Jones’ work, along with their creative energy and
professionalism, has made these exhibitions a must-see event for Chuck Jones
fans around the globe.

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Sky Harbor Airport Museum: "Chuck Jones: An Animated Life" exhibit

The Board of Trustees of Chuck Jones Center for
Creativity would like to particularly thank,

Michelle Dock: Gallery Coordinator of Tempe Center for the Arts;

Lennée Eller: Museum Program Manager of Sky Harbor Airport

These two made these three exhibits exciting, exuberant and exceptional.  Thank you.

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Tempe Public Library, "The Books of Chuck Jones:  Black and White and Read All Over" exhibit

The Center for Creativity would like to thank the
Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe Cultural Services/Community
Services, Tempe Public Library, and Tempe Parks and Recreations for their assistance
in bringing Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of
Laughter
to the valley of the sun.  Of course, there were so many
people involved at all three locations: art handlers, registrars, graphic
designers, and docents; each and everyone an important facet of the final
product.   Here is a list of those who worked so hard to make these exhibitions
so beautiful and so successful.

Adrienne Richwine, Cultural Services Deputy
Manager

Don Fassinger, Facility Manager, TCA

Mary Fowler, PR/Management Assistant

Kathleen Dooner, Production Coordinator

Sally Garrsion, Front of House Coordinator

Kara Osburn, Box Office Manager

Marilyn Gliddon, Facility Maintenance

Cameo Wall, Administrative Assistant

Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn, Business Development
Coordinator

Gail Fisher, Mel Kessler, Diane
Cripe: Friends of TCA

Sherry Warren, Tempe Public
Library

Clay Workman, Tempe Public
Library

Marco Albarran, Gallery

Laura Hukill, Gallery

James Sulak, Gallery

Carrie Meyer, Gallery

Donna Smith, Gallery

Jennifer Campbell, Gallery

Chris Vialpando, Gallery

Sam Carrera, Gallery

Karen Drazek, Intern, Gallery

Christy Brown, Gallery

David Uhley, ASU volunteer

Mary Erickson, ASU/Curriculum Consultant

Kathy David, Tempe High School/Curriculum
Consultant

TCA Docent Volunteers

TCA Front of House staff and
volunteers

TCA Production Crew

And, yes–all three exhibitions are
still open to the public!