Gary Meyer

2013 Distinguished Educator in the Arts Honoree: Gary Meyer

Gary Meyer has been involved in painting, illustration, graphic arts and sculpture since 1960. The first recipient of the Stan Reckless Scholarship and a graduate of Art Center College of Design (BA with Honors) with additional studies at Choinard Art Institute, he served as a motion picture production illustrator for Universal Studios. He established his own studio in 1972 and serves on the faculty of Art Center College of Design and 3kicks Fine Art Studio.

He has consulted as a designer-illustrator on various motion pictures including Star Wars, 2010, Day of the Locust, Star Trek the Movie, and The Thing. He has produced motion picture poster paintings for Das Boot, Jaws 3, The Deep, Night Crossing, and many others. Work with the studios includes a 30 year relationship with Universal Studios as a design consultant on many projects such as the Jurassic Park Ride, Seafari and the Back to the Future Ride. Album cover paintings were executed for Chicago, the Jacksons, the Beach Boys, the Persuasions and others.

Past clients include all major aircraft companies, all major motion picture studios, Readers Digest, Random House, Six Flags Parks, 
Levis, CBS Records, Electra Asylum Records, A&M Records, 
New West Magazine, Warner Books and others.

Mr. Meyer has won a number of awards. He holds the honorary title of Master of the College at Art Center. He is one of only two to receive this title. He has been elected by the graduating students to receive the Great Teacher Award seventeen times. He was elected by the faculty of Art Center to receive the First Faculty Award. Others include two awards for bronze sculpture from the North American Sculpture Exhibition; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles; Best of Show, three Gold Medals, one Silver Medal, four Special Judges Awards for Illustration West; first Place in the Key Arts Award for motion picture poster art; First Place in the International Society of Air Brush Art 1985 competition; Director’s and Juror’s Award for the 62nd Annual National April Salon (Springville Museum of Art); Two First Place awards and a Third Place Award in TIMA shows; three Certificates of Excellence from CA Magazine; Founder’s Award from the American Society of Aviation Artists; and over 100 Certificates of Distinction and Merit. His work is included in both editions of Outstanding American Illustrators Today and in Design Net (Korea).

He is an Artist Member in the California Art Club, Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Artist Fellow in the American Society of Aviation Artists and a Member of the Society of Illustrators (New York).

– Mike Machat for the Best of Show Award in Illustration West 22