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From ‘The Incredibles’ to ‘Inside Out’ … Dan Holland on ‘creative problem solving’ Feb. 28

Dan Holland, a noted animation artist at Pixar Animation Studios, will speak at UNCG on Feb. 28.

Holland was an animator for “The Incredibles” and the short film “Jack-Jack Attack,” before serving in the art department for “WALL-E” and as a character artist for “Cars 2.” More recently he was the sets art director for the Academy Award-winning “Inside Out.”

He studied art and film at Brigham Young University and attended the Vancouver Film School’s year-long program for traditional, hand-drawn animation before enrolling at CalArts. After his second year at CalArts, he completed an animation internship at Pixar.

He officially started at Pixar in 2003, shortly after graduation.

Holland will give a talk, “Personal Inspiration for Creative Problem Solving in a Collaborative Environment,” using his work and experience at Pixar to illustrate the points in his lecture.

The talk, open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. in Bryan Building, Room 160. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

Holland will also address UNCG School of Art students in a Q & A earlier in the day.

The event is sponsored by the School of Art in the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Dr. Heather Holian, who is writing a scholarly book on the art of Pixar and has invited several Pixar artists to the UNCG campus in recent years, says, “I am extremely excited to welcome Dan to UNCG. I have admired his Pixar work for years. He’s a gifted artist with a strong design sense for character and built environments, and an amazing ability to speak about his work with humor and insight. I know his talk will be a real treat for our students and community.”

Visuals: Dan Holland and one of his art pieces, courtesy the artist.