Department of Art and Art History presenting lecture with VanArts Head of Character Animation Wayne Gilbert

Published: March 28, 2022

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The animation program within the Department of Art & Art History at Auburn University will conclude its March lecture series featuring animation industry luminaries on March 30. The final event features Wayne Gilbert, head of character animation at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts.

On Wednesday, March 30, from 7-8 p.m. CST, Gilbert will join animation instructor and Ignite Animation Studios founder Jamy Wheless for a virtual lecture and Q&A. Gilbert will share his professional journey and explain the importance of planning in animation.

Gilbert’s portfolio includes several feature films, short films, advertisements and video games. He is known for his animation work on the 20th anniversary edition of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Star Wars: Episode II” and “The Mummy Returns,” projects he worked on while at Industrial Light and Magic. As animation director for EA Black Box, Gilbert focused on the “Skate” and “Skate 2” video games. In addition to being the head of character animation at VanArts, Gilbert also serves as a mentor for Animation Mentor, an online animation school that connects students with industry professionals.

Registration is required here. For more information about taking animation courses at Auburn or to learn more about the animation program, email

Submitted by: Charlotte Tuggle