'Inspiring Lines' Exhibition in Chinatown Honors Six Chinese-American Pioneers In the Commercial Arts

First Stand-Alone Exhibit in Chinatown Curated by the Chinese American Museum

Includes Artwork Created by 'Disney Legend'

And 'Bambi' Background Artist Tyrus Wong

WHAT: "Inspiring Lines: Chinese American Pioneers in the

Commercial Arts" showcases the artwork of six

Chinese-American artists whose collective works delighted

millions, while they lived in relative obscurity due to the

commercial nature of their artwork. This history-making

exhibit is the first stand-alone exhibition in Chinatown

curated by the Chinese American Museum (CAM) and represents

the first time that the work of a group of Chinese-American

artists has been featured in an exhibition in the

burgeoning art scene in Chinatown.

WHO: The artists honored in this exhibition are:

Jan 04, 2002, 00:00 ET from Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council

                   *  Fred Gong, who demonstrated artistic talents at a young
                       age by taking first prize in American Magazine's high
                       school art contest "What My Community Contributes to the
                    *  Bill Jong, who, as a senior art director at the nation's
                       leading advertising agencies during a 40-year career,
                       created ads for such clients as American Express, ARCO,
                       Carnation, Disney, Ford and 7-Up.
                    *  Leland Lee, who was a key assistant to architectural
                       photographer Julius Shulman.
                    *  Monroe Leung, whose notorious and often irreverent
                       cartoons were featured in The Saturday Evening Post and
                       The New Yorker.
                    *  Milton Quon, who worked as an assistant animator on the
                       Disney classics "Dumbo" and "Fantasia."
                    *  Tyrus Wong, who was recently named a "Disney Legend" by
                       The Walt Disney Studios for his tremendous contributions
                       as a background artist for "Bambi."
                    Jong, Quon and Wong were also very involved with creating
                    the "look" of Los Angeles Chinatown.  They painted or
                    designed images and murals throughout the historic district
                    and even created menus for some of the area's legendary
      WHY:          The exhibit, sponsored by CAM and the Chinatown Business
                    Improvement District, brings to light another aspect of the
                    Chinese-American experience in Los Angeles.
      WHEN:         Artists' Reception will be held Saturday, January 5, 2002,
                    from 6 to 9 p.m.
                    Exhibition runs through Sunday, February 17.  The closing
                    date coincides with the weekend of Chinatown's Chinese
                    New Year festivities for Year 4700, the Year of the Horse.
                    Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through
      WHERE:        LMAN Studio, 949 Chung King Road, Los Angeles
      INFORMATION:  (213) 680-0243
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SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council