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Antarctic Artists & Writers Program —
William Stout

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

William Stout was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. At 17 he won a full California State Scholarship to Cal Arts where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree. He began his professional career in 1968 with covers for the pulp magazine Coven 13. In 1971 he began to assist Russ Manning on the "Tarzan of the Apes" newspaper strips and Eisner Award-winning graphic novels. Stout joined Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder on Playboy's "Little Annie Fanny" in 1972. Stout did advertising for over 120 films beginning with "WIZARDS" in 1977. That same year he had his first one man show and became one of the first American contributors to Heavy Metal magazine.

1978's "Buck Rogers" began Stout's career on nearly 30 feature films; he became the youngest production designer in film history. Stout is the key character designer for the Walt Disney full length CGI animated feature "Dinosaurs" (scheduled for 2000 release).

In 1981 Stout's landmark masterwork THE DINOSAURS—A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era was published, followed by Ray Bradbury's Dinosaur Tales and The Little Blue Brontosaurus (1984 Children's Choice Award recipient and basis for Lucas and Spielberg's "The Land Before Time"). Michael Crichton acknowledged Stout's work as an inspiration for Jurassic Park. Eleven Stout paintings were selected for the traveling exhibition "Dinosaurs Past and Present". The show broke all attendance records at each of its host museums. At the Smithsonian alone, over 2 million visitors saw this exhibition.

Stout undertook a voyage to Antarctica and Patagonia in January of 1989. The profound spectacle of the "last continent" changed his life, leading to a 45 painting one man show "Dinosaurs, Penguins and Whales—The Wildlife of Antarctica". This exhibition began its tour of the world's natural history museums (Mikhail Gorbachev personally requested that the exhibition travel to Moscow) at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on January 19, 1991. This effort by Stout to alert and inform the public consciousness as to the complex beauty of Antarctica and its past and present denizens, and to work as part of the international effort to make Antarctica the first World Park evolved into his current book project, LOST WORLDS—Modern and Prehistoric Life in Antarctica. This book will be the public's first visual overview of life in Antarctica.

Stout was also one of two people selected by the National Science Foundation to participate in their Antarctic Artists and Writers Program during the 1992-93 austral summer. Based for three months at McMurdo Station and Palmer Station, Stout made dives beneath the ice, climbed Mount Erebus, camped out in the dry valleys and producing over 100 paintings and studies during that time. Upon his return he drove over 1,000 miles through central southern Chile, documenting the rare prehistoric forests found down there for his book on Antarctic life.

In 1993 Stout painted two large murals for the Houston Museum of Natural Science depicting "Life Before The Dinosaurs". That same year Stout was invited into the California Art Club, the oldest American art organization west of the Mississippi. A year later he became a member of their advisory board; he is currently a member of the executive board. Stout was unanimously voted the honor of being recognized as a C. A. C. Signature Member in 1997.

Stout worked for a year and a half at Walt Disney Imagineering as a conceptualist, designer and producer for all of their properties. He is now considered one of the three top theme entertainment designers in the world. In 1995, Steven Spielberg chose Stout as his senior concept designer for Sega GameWorks. In 1998 Stout painted three late Cretaceous murals and oversaw two full-sized dinosaur sculptures for Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom.

William Stout currently resides in Pasadena, California with his wife and two sons.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Year Description
1967 Awarded full California State Scholarship to California Institute of the Arts.
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1977 First one man show: "The Prehistoric World of William Stout"; Los Angeles, CA.
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1978 Inkpot Award. For Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts. Presented by the San Diego Comic Convention (a non-profit organization devoted to furthering the recognition of comics as an American art form).
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1981 Stout writes and designs an animated short film for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to convince inner city teens to wear condoms. The film, "Look Out For Number One", is selected for screening at Filmex.
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1984 Children's Choice Award. For his children's book The Little Blue Brontosaurus.
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1986 Elected the 10th president of the Comic Art Professional Society, an organization of which Stout was a founding board member.
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1991

"Dinosaurs, Penguins and Whales The Wildlife of Antarctica", Stout's first one man show for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, premieres in January.

Selected as the Banquet Speaker to the International Conference on the Role of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica in Global Change at the University of California, Santa Barbara (August 28-31). Stout's slide lecture was on art's relationship to science.

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program selectee (for 19921993 austral summer). The National Science Foundation selects one or two people each year to travel to and live in Antarctica in this competitive program.

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1992 Artist of the Year nominee by the 1st Annual Arizona Wildlife Art Show, Phoenix, AZ.
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1993

Chesley Award nomination by the Association of Science Fiction Artists (ASFA): "Award for Artistic Achievement" (ASFA's lifetime achievement award).

William Stout helps to organize and contribute to the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Portfolio; The portfolios are presented to Congress; Deluxe editions are presented to President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

Selected through competition to paint two major Paleozoic murals ("Life Before The Dinosaurs") for the new prehistoric hall of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Selected by Walt Disney Imagineering for inclusion in a show and sale to benefit the Herbert Ryman Foundation.

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1995

Invited by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to exhibit in the "Animals of Art" show (over 130 works by 80 different artists, Pre-Columbian era to the present. Stout shows 18 works, more than any other artist selected).

Invited by the Endangered Species Project to exhibit paintings in the "Images of Vanishing Nature" show at the Houston Museum of Natural Science; three paintings are selected, the most of any artist in the exhibition. Two more Stout paintings are added to the fall show at Scripps Institute.

"William Stout's Visions of Gondwana-Past and Present Life in Antarctica", his 2nd one man show for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, debuts September 2.

Guest lecturer at the CalTech Women's Club ("Antarctica: An Artist's Perspective").

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1996 Banquet lecturer on the history of life in Antarctica to the Peccary Society of the Raymond M. Alf Museum.
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1997

Unanimously elected as a Signature Member of the California Art Club.

Unanimously elected to the Executive Board of the California Art Club.

Stout selected to participate in a Bob Kuhn wildlife painting workshop in Loveland, CO.

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1998 Voted into the Society of Animal Artists.

EXHIBITIONS (a selective list)

* Denotes one man show

"Society of Animal Artists — Special Exhibition"
 
March 27 to June 6, 1999 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
 
July 15 to October 12, 1999 John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, NY
 
Stout's Antarctic painting "Resurrection" was selected for this restricted group show.
 
"California Art Club — Gold Medal Exhibition"
 
July to August, 1998 Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, CalState LA
 
Stout's Antarctic painting "Resurrection" received Honorable Mention in this juried group show.
 
"Designing Dinosaurs — Solving Prehistoric Puzzles
 
March 27 to April 26, 1998 Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
 
January 17 to March 15, 1998 Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT
 
September 27, 1997 to January 4, 1998 Bruce Museum Greenwich, CT
 
Group show of paleoart. Stout gave "History of Life in Antarctica" slide lecture in Philadelphia.
 
"East Coast Ideals — West Coast Concepts"
 
August 1 to September 28, 1997 Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT
 
June 2 to June 29, 1997 Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
 
March 8 to May 18, 1997 Carnegie Museum, Oxnard, CA
 
Group show honoring the living legacy of the Boston School and the California impressionists. One Stout Antarctic painting selected for exhibition.
 
* "Dinosaurs On Ice — William Stout's Antarctica"
 
January 18 to February 22, 1997 Rancho Room-Mission San Juan Capistrano
 
One man show of Stout's recent Antarctic works.
 
* "William Stout's Visions of Gondwana — Past and Present Life in Antarctica"
 
September 2 to November 26, 1995 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
 
Stout's 2nd one man show for this museum consists of 50 works, primarily his Antarctic field studies and the oil paintings that resulted from them.
 
"Images of Vanishing Nature"
 
May to June, 1995 Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX
 
November 2 to December 31, 1995 Scripps Institute Museum, La Jolla, CA
 
January 9 to February 11, 1996 Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA
 
February 19 to April 20, 1996 Detroit Zoological Gardens, Detroit, MI
 
Invitational group show of art depicting endangered species. Stout exhibited three new Antarctic works, (more than any other artist) (plus two additional paintings for the Scripps and Sacramento show) in an exhibition that included Bateman and Coheleach.
 
"Animals In Art"
 
February 11 to April 3, 1995 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
 
Important group show; 130 works of art showcase the history of artists depictions of animals. Included artists: Bateman, Coheleach, Shepherd, Remington, Russell, Rungius, Barye. Eighteen new Antarctic works by Stout were shown.
 
* "William Stout — Lost Worlds"
 
September 1 to November 30, 1994 The Howard Hughes Center, Los Angeles
 
One man show; primarily of new Antarctic paintings.
 
"Jurassic Art"
 
December 14, 1993 to January 29, 1994 Words & Pictures Museum, Northampton, MA
 
Group show that included 11 prehistoric-themed Antarctic Stout works.
 
* "Studies From Gondwana — Landscapes and Wildlife of Antarctica"
 
May 21 to June 11, 1993 Garland Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
 
One man show 47 works culled from Stout's recent Antarctic field studies.
 
* "Dinosaurs, Penguins and Whales — The Wildlife of Antarctica"
 
January to December, 1991 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
 
February to December, 1992 New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque
 
February-December, 1994 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
 
June to August, 1995 Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller, Canada)
 
Important one man show of 45 new oil paintings that depict life in Antarctica from prehistoric times to the present day.
 
* "Lost Worlds: A Selection of Works by William Stout"
 
December 8, 1989 to February 1, 1990 The Art Store Gallery in Pasadena
 
July 6-September 4, 1990 Art Store Gallery in the Orange County city of Fullerton
 
These community galleries were host to this 40 piece retrospective of Stout's career. This exhibition was the first to publicly display Stout's paintings of Antarctica.

 

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