Renowned Artists To Speak At College

CRANFORD – On Wednesday, March 23, Union County College will host world-renowned artists Joanna Quinn and Les Mills of Beryl Productions International Ltd. They will be presenting an animated, multimedia visiting artist lecture entitled “Drawings that Move” at 1 p.m. in the Roy Smith Theater on the college’s Cranford Campus.

This lecture event will focus on their careers as artists and designers and will highlight their internationally recognized design and film animation work. Joanna Quinn and Les Mills presented at the college in May 2007.


Joanna Quinn and Les Mills started Beryl Productions International Ltd. in 1987 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. The design firm’s prestigious design work and TV ads have been seen throughout North America, Mexico, and Europe. Their premier designs exist in many venues, including commercials and package design productions for Proctor and Gamble’s Charmin Paper products, USA Kal Kan, Coca Cola, Nestle USA, Publis UK/USA, TV advertisements for “Whiskas” cat food, and a flight publicity and television “Lightbulb” ad for United Airlines.

In addition to their commercial design work, Quinn and Mills are globally lauded for their innovative, award winning animation films including: “Girls Night Out”, “Body Beautiful”, “Famous Fred”, “Elles”, “The Wife of Bath”, and “Dreams and Desires – Family Ties”. Beryl’s animations are often the product of creative collaboration established with US based ACME Films in Hollywood, and have been commissioned by a number of television markets including Channel 4 UK, HBO, BBC TV, TVC, and S4C. Their animated films creatively distinguish themselves from other popular CGI generated productions in their use of individually hand drawn character cell animation images.

This lecture is free and open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. This educational, cultural, and creative event is being sponsored by the English/Fine Arts/Modern Languages Department of Union County College, along with the support of the College Educational Programs Advisory Committee (CEPAC), the Student Government Association, and the Union County College Art Society.

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