By Brooke Vlasich
SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts
CEDAR CITY–SUU’s Department of Art & Design welcomes Ron and Vanessa Lemen as Art Insights speakers at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) on March 8, at 7 p.m. An exhibit of the couples’ artwork will also be on display at SUMA through March 15, 2018. Ron has been a concept designer and art director in the video game industry for 10 years with many well-known clients including Sony, Disney, Time Warner, and Marvel Comics. Vanessa’s work has been shown in international private collections and galleries. She was recently awarded the Grand Prize Award in the IBA Annual and an Honorable Mention and Gallery Award with the ARC Salon. Both their exhibit and Art Insights presentation are free and open to the public.
Ron’s career began creating logos, graphics, and production art for skateboard companies including Birdhouse Skateboards (Tony Hawk), Airwalk Shoes, Ride Snowboards, and Transworld Media. From here, his career extended to work with Dark Horse, Marvel Comics, and Presto Studios. Since then he has become immersed in the video game and animation/film industry through Universal and Harmony Gold.
Vanessa’s metaphorical imagery throughout her paintings, sketches, and illustrations have been showcased in numerous publications. She has been published in the art books Spectrum, Women of Wonder, and Infected By Art and has also been featured in magazines such as American Art Collector, Painter, ImagineFX, Poets And Artists, and San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine. She has an extensive background in working with both traditional and digital media.
Based in southern California, the Lemens teach and mentor artists online and offline through their business Lemenaid.com. They also instruct at workshops throughout the country including The Fantastic Workshop with 1FW and yearly week-long intensive creative excursions with Legendeer.
Art Insights is hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art & Design faculty. Students and community members experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights.
Both events are free and open to the public.
CAPTION: The Shadow Schism by Ron Lemen