USAO explores “A Blueprint for Creative Success”

Jay Shuster, production designer at Pixar

USAO explores “A Blueprint for Creative Success”


Jay Shuster, production designer at Pixar Animation Studios, presents Feb. 2

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma invites the public to attend the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium on Feb. 2 with Jay Shuster delivering the keynote address. Shuster will distill the creative process into four takeaways that will help any organization build a culture of collaboration and innovation. The symposium begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium in Troutt Hall on the USAO campus in Chickasha. The event is free and open to the public.

Shuster joined Pixar Animation Studios as a concept designer on the Golden Globe®-winning “Cars,” where he translated the ideas of director John Lasseter into characters and environments for the film. He went on to work as a character designer on the Academy Award®-winning feature “WALL•E,” and Golden Globe-nominated “Cars 2.”

“We are excited to have one of the leading creatives of our time, Jay Shuster, present during this year’s Emerson-Wier Symposium,” said Dr. James Finck, assistant professor of American history and chair of the symposium committee. “Shuster is known for his work on some of the world’s most beloved films. Our hope is that his presentation will show students how to build a culture of collaboration and innovation that will help them succeed in whatever field they choose.”

As the son of a car designer, Shuster’s childhood bedroom was filled with blue prints, drawings, posters, machines and models of all things related to almost every mode of mechanical transportation. When he saw the original “Star Wars,” he made the connection between his passions and a possible future in the film industry. Before finding his place at Pixar, Shuster began his film career at Lucasfilm, where he worked as a concept artist and designed a variety of vehicles and environments for “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” and “Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones.” He is a graduate of the Industrial Design program at College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

USAO’s Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium series is sponsored annually by the USAO Foundation and was inspired by endowment funds created by Oklahoma College for Women alumni Gladys Anderson Emerson and Nance Foules Wier.

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