Thursday, December 18, 2008


An environment created by leading environment designer Bill Perkins, who along with leading character designer Stephen Silver, will give a presentation at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Bill Perkins and Stephen Silver, two leading designers of the entertainment industry, will give presentations 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

“These two are at the top of the business,” said Santsosh Oommen, academic director for Animation & Media Arts and Game Art & Design. “Their presentations will familiarize current and potential students with the best works in character and environment design.”

The presentations are open to the public and free of charge. Those who wish to attend these presentations should RSVP by calling The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire by calling (909) 915-2100 or (800) 353-0812.

Perkins has worked as a concept artist, production designer, layout artist, art director and storyboard artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Industrial Light & Magic, and 9th Ray Studios.

His film credits include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Fantasia 2000, Space Jam, Shrek, and the upcoming John Carter and the Princess of Mars and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

In 2001 he formed High Street Studio as a preproduction and design studio for films, television and the gaming industry.

Silver, who is just 36, has been drawing professionally since he was 20 and founded his caricature and animation business, Silvertoons. He has done work for the clothing company “No Fear,” and for Warner Brothers studio, which got him started in the field of character animation more than a decade ago. He is also a gifted lecturer, and has earned rave reviews from universities where he previously gave presentations.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Culinary Management, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion Design and Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. There are also Associate of Science degrees in Graphic Design and Culinary Arts. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start the new year at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin Jan. 12 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or (800) 353-0812.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (, with more than 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.