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Chicago Animator and SAIC Faculty Member Jim Trainor Receives 2010 Alpert Award

December 9, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Animator Jim Trainor is the 2010 Film/Video Recipient of the Alpert Award. This is awarded annually to five mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts.

Superb examples of more traditional animations, Trainor’s 16mm films are marked by his uneasy line drawings, cool-voiced narrations, and animal behavior as subject matter. A few of his well known films include The Moschops (Part 1 and Part 2) and The Bats.

Storytelling is a significant part of Trainor’s practice. He explains, “I am beginning to think of myself less strictly as an animator, and more as a movie-maker in general, and as a writer” (from; read the article here).

The Alpert Award is initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and administered by California Institute of the Arts since 1994. Each Alpert Award recipient is asked to design and take part in a week-long residency at CalArts, in Valencia, California, during the year of their Award and also receive month-long stays at distinguished artists colonies (this year with Yaddo).

Jim Trainor is Associate Professor, Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jim Trainor discusses his films


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