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Arts and Performance

CANCELLED: Michael Spooner | Visiting Artist Lecture Series

This event has been cancelled.

April 2, 2020 at 6:30pm7:30pm EDT

Shaffer Art Building, Shemin Auditorium

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J. Michael Spooner has worked as a concept designer in the animation industry for 35 years with such notable companies as Pixar, Walt Disney, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, and DreamWorks.

His impressive array of projects include: The Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, (Walt Disney Feature Animation); Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Goof Troop, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and A Goofy Movie (Walt Disney Television Animation); Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony Pictures Animation); and Shrek (DreamWorks).

In 1999 Michael moved to Chicago with Big Idea Productions, home of the popular 3D animated video series, VeggieTales, heading up their Visual Development Department, and as Art Direction Consultant on Big Idea’s first full-length theatrical release, Jonah.

Shortly after, he started Spoonerville Animation Design, an independent visual development and illustration studio, providing both traditional and CGI computer-design concepts for clients such as, Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Big Idea.

In 2013 Michael was offered a position with Sony Pictures Animation to work on Hotel Transylvania 2, Surf’s Up 2, Emoji, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and other projects, then moved to Warner Animation Group for the theatrical feature, SCOOB.

Michael graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and taught drawing and illustration there for twelve years while working as an editorial illustrator.

He lives in Los Angeles with his writer-wife, Beverly Spooner, and son Philip.

Michael is a visiting artist and lecturer, presenting in colleges, universities, art schools and animation studios throughout the United States.

Visit Michael’s online portfolio at

Contact Michael at or: (630) 301-0895.



This event was first published on January 21, 2020 and last updated on March 18, 2020.

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