Mary Blair, an honored Disney Legend, began her lifelong multifaceted art career as a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. While her fine art and illustration she created outside of her association with Disney is not widely known, Blair's bold and groundbreaking color design still inspires many of today's contemporary designers and animators. Her vision was inseparable from films such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella. She also created character designs for enduring attractions such as Disneyland's "It's a Small World", and she illustrated several children's books that remain in print. Even if she did not enjoy exceptional fame during her lifetime, many contemporary artists have cited her work as an inspiration. She posthumously received the Winsor McCay award in 1996.