Edinboro University of Pennsylvania senior Joe Gorski has won the first Chuck Jones Foundation Award. Speaking by telephone from his home in California, animation legend Chuck Jones announced the winner of the first ever Chuck Jones Award for Excellence in Student Animation to a standing-room-only audience at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Jones daughter, Linda Jones Clough, was on hand to present the award to Gorski. Jones created the foundation that bears his name to recognize, reward, support and inspire continued excellence in art and animation. One of its primary goals is to select one or more student artists who exhibit a great potential to convey character thoughts, feelings, actions and intentions effectively and in a believable way through the medium of animation. In the fall of 2000, the Foundation will announce the recipient of its second award, The Chuck Jones Career Animation Award. This award will be given to an artist in the field of animation whose "ability to evoke life, or bring a personality to life, through a sequence of graphic renditions or drawings was most remarkably demonstrated during the previous year and/or during his or her career." Edinboro animation professor David Weinkauf said Gorski is never satisfied with his work. "Joe constantly researches, refines and redoes his projects always striving for something better, something that attempts to meet his very high standards for his animation. He studies every phase of animation including character development, physics, acting, story development, timing, staging, composition, editing and design." Examples of Gorskis work are available on his Web site at: www.angelfire.com/pa/greendude. On Friday, June 2, at 2:00 pm, representatives from Edinboro University will hold a press conference at the World Animation Celebration in Los Angeles. Linda Jones Clough will be on hand to represent and talk about the Chuck Jones Foundation. Recipient Joe Gorski will also be present to answer questions.
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