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The Women Artists of Disney - A Fusion of Fine Art & Animation: Presentation & Book Signing with Mindy Johnson


In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, join author and historian Mindy Johnson to explore the fine art behind some of the remarkable women artists of Walt Disney's studio. From defining a distinctive 'Disney palette' to expanding a cinematic medium through classic art styles, these trailblazing women elevated the artistry of Disney animation to a new artform and transformed animated pencil drawings into Rembrandt-esque masterpieces.

Purchase Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation by Mindy Johnson at the Bowers Gallery Store.

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium | Live onsite lecture & book signing
Ticketed Event: Member $20 | General $30 | Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. 

Recorded Online Screening: Member $10 | General $15 | Online version will be emailed to ticketholders one week after the onsite event. Please note that the virtual lecture is not live and will not be available for viewing on 3/5. PURCHASE ONLINE TICKETS

Public programming for the Bowers Museum is generously sponsored by the Cramer Family Trust.

TICKETS: Online or onsite. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

All attendees to the Norma Kershaw Auditorium are required to wear masks until further notice, regardless of their vaccination status. Please see Bowers' Health & Safety Page for details and exceptions.


 Artist Bio:

Award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, educator, musician and more, Mindy Johnson’s creative accomplishments reflect the diversity of her talents and experience. A leading expert on women’s roles in animation and film history, Mindy writes and speaks on early cinema, animation, women’s history, and creativity. She was honored with the Academy Film Scholar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences,  and the ASIFA–Hollywood AEF Grant, for continued research and writing on the contributions of the earliest women within our collective animated past. With several forthcoming volumes underway, Mindy's groundbreaking discoveries continue to cast light on the invisible narrative of women’s presence within the first century of the motion picture industry. 


Event details

March 5, 2022 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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