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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lecture by Attraction Designer @ SUU (Cedar City: Sept 2)

Michael French
Public Information Coordinator
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Southern Utah University
Office: 435-865-8667
Cell: 805-260-8797


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: If you have ever wandered around a theme park and were impressed by its color, design and structure, then do not miss SUU’s Department of Art and Design’s weekly lecture series, Art Insights, on Thursday, September 2, 2010. Department Chair Eric Brown is pleased to announce that fall 2010 Season’s first guest lecturer is Michael V. Lee, who in a career spanning more than 35 years, has been an attraction producer-designer and leisure development specialist for LucasArts Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Sesame Workshop. The lecture begins at 7pm at SUU’s Centrum Arena and admission is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.

Michael V. Lee has established himself as a managing producer, artist, designer, storyteller, and architect. Lee has an extensive background planning, creating and producing the “guest experience” in theme parks, museums, resorts, and retail, dining and entertainment projects worldwide. As Director of Design for the Attractions Division of LucasArts Entertainment, Lee was responsible for managing a world-class team of highly innovative artists and designers. Their creative work can be seen in projects for Disney, Universal Studios, Chicago’s Field Museum, Aquarium of the Americas, THX theaters, and many entertainment and educational venues. Lee has teamed with industry legend, Harrison Price (Walt Disney’s economist), on projects such as Knott’s Berry Farm expansion (Buena Park, CA); Bass Pro (Springfield, MO); Sands/Venetian Resort (Las Vegas, NV); and Silvercup Studios (New York, NY). After founding Michael Lee Design, Lee has specialized in creating signature guest experiences and has been the principal designer for Geyser Falls Water Theme Park and Clearwater Key (Choctaw, MS); and National Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, (Nebraska City, NE). He has provided creative input including the “look & feel” to such projects as Atlantis (Bahamas); Parque Plaza Sesamo (Monterrey, Mexico); Warner Bros. Movie World (Spain & Germany); and the Oscar Experience (Hollywood, CA).

Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art and Design faculty. Students and community members meet weekly to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights and attend gallery openings. Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.

Discover the creativity, concepts and development behind major theme park by attending Michael V. Lee’s engaging Art Insights’ appearance. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.


WHAT: SUU’s Arts Insights showcases the magic and creativity behind theme parks and resort attractions with a lecture by the distinguished attraction producer-designer and leisure development specialist, Michael V. Lee. Lee’s body of work includes projects for LucasArts Entertainment, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Sesame Workshop.

WHO: Art Insights
Southern Utah University, Department of Art and Design

WHEN: Thursday, September 2, 2010

TIME: 7:00pm

WHERE: Centrum Arena, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS: Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts

PRICES: Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend.

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