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Sept. 28, 2007


Inspired Imagination: Visual Futurist Syd Mead to Speak at Trinity University


Syd Mead

SAN ANTONIO –Syd Mead, self proclaimed visual futurist, artist, illustrator, and conceptual designer, will explain his philosophy during his presentation, “Inspired Imagination: Visual Futurist Syd Mead,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Trinity University’s Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. His free public lecture kicks off the University’s 2007-2008 Stieren Arts Enrichment Series. 


Mead began his diverse career at the Ford Motor Company in 1959 designing futuristic show vehicles and creating artwork. Later, after forming his own company, Mead designed projects for Phillips, Sony, Honda, and other high profile clients. He also worked on a series of promotional books for U.S. Steel, which proved to be influential within the design community.


Since the 1970s, Mead has focused his attention on the motion picture industry. He has creatively contributed to many films, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Tron, Aliens, Time Cop, and Mission Impossible 3.


As a result of his work in the entertainment industry, Mead coined the term “visual futurist” because there was no formal title in the “Hollywood system” to describe his contributions to the films. In his lecture, Mead will discuss the nature of his work and his process for becoming a visual futurist.


The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series brings to Trinity’s campus a distinguished array of outstanding leaders in the fields of art, music, drama, communication, literature, art history, and aesthetics.  It is made possible through an endowment created by Jane and the late Arthur T. Stieren of San Antonio. 


For more information, contact Trinity’s Office of University Communications at 210-999-8406.



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