Valerie Mih is an animated filmmaker with a wide range of both studio and independent production experience. Commercially, she has animated for Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story II, Geri’s Game, A Bug’s Life), Lucas Learning Limited (Star Wars Math), WildBrain (Hershey’s Kisses) and game companies (Electronic Arts, Rockstar San Diego).
She has independently produced/directed animated shorts for PBS and the festival circuit (Paper Peace, Harmonize, The Pet’s Zone), as well as a half-hour
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
The Fellowship meant appreciation on both emotional and financial levels. It was a wonderful shot in the arm and validation to continue creating new work.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I am currently an Animation Professor at the University of Hawaii, and continuing to produce independent animated productions in a variety of mediums. As a new mom, my work has tilted more towards very young audiences (2-4 year olds). To see my interactive children?s books, go to: http://www.seeherestudios.com
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Persist in pursuing your art and craft. Real or perceived obstacles will dissolve over time.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Essential but under-funded.
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