Montserrat College of Art has selected internationally known Animator Bryan Konietzko as the 2014 commencement speaker. Konietzko will also receive an honorary doctor of fine arts from the college during Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 16 at 10 am at the Dane Street Church, 10 Dane Street, Beverly.
Konietzko is a Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated animation director, best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. He has also worked as a character designer at Film Roman for Family Guy and as Assistant Director for Mission Hill and King of the Hill. He was a Storyboard Artist and Art Director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim. Konietzko earned a BFA degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.
“We are extremely honored to have an artist of Mr. Konietzko’s caliber speaking to our graduates,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of the college. “His successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome him to the campus and to the North Shore.”
The Class of 2014 has selected Asst. Prof. Shanth S. Enjeti to serve as the faculty speaker at commencement and Merriweather McCarty has been named student speaker.
Immediately following commencement, students and guests are invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery will be open for viewing of the 2014 All Senior Show at the college's main campus building at 23 Essex Street.
A Montserrat merchandise pop-up store will be open on the common for purchases. Click here to view merchandise.
For further information contact Jo Broderick