Kapiʻolani Community College invites the public to two evenings with internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist Hani El-Masri in a two-part lecture series on November 20 and 21, 7–9 p.m., in ʻOhia 118. The lecture series is free and open to the public.
Learn about the trials and tribulations of Hani El-Masri as he describes his illustrious career that spans the globe from Egypt to California. He was an artist at Disney Imagineering—the creative magic behind the iconic Disney attractions and experiences at Disney parks.
He was also one of the first visual development artists to be hired by DreamWorks for The Prince of Egypt, where he stayed to work on El Dorado and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. His artistry has been recognized with numerous awards for his illustrated children’s books.
“He is a fascinating storyteller and will more than likely mix his background at Disney and DreamWorks with political insight in Egypt,” said Kapiʻolani CC Associate Professor Sharon Sussman, who was also responsible for obtaining the grant to fund these lectures.
In developing the lecture series, Sussman focused on speakers from animation and live action films, so that the talks relate specifically to the new media arts students at Kapiʻolani CC, the Academy for Creative Media at UH Mānoa and Leeward Community College animation students.