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Faces of Iowa State LIVE Portrait Painting - Ed McCracken

April 4, 2017, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (US Central)

0003 Morrill Hall, Christian Petersen Art Museum lower gallery

The artist will complete up to two portraits a day, for a total of thirteen by the end of her 9-day residency at Iowa State University. Portrait sitters were identified by various ISU colleges and University Museums and will join the nineteen Faces of Iowa State portraits painted by Frantzen during the run of the 2016 Iowa State Fair. The entire group of portraits will make up the Faces of Iowa State touring exhibition which will launch at the Brunnier Art Museum in late August 2017 and continue to sites throughout the state of Iowa. At the conclusion of the tour, the portraits will join the Iowa State University permanent Art on Campus Collection.

About the Sitter

Ed McCracken (B.S. ’66 electrical engineering), retired CEO of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI). McCracken’s leadership led to the development of computers specifically designed for the creation and manipulation of 3-D images. SGI’s computers were used both for movies and television in Hollywood and for the development of early 3-D video games. From 1995 to 2002, every movie nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects had their special effects designed with SGI computers including the movies Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump. In 1995, McCracken was named Executive of the Year by R&D magazine and was presented the National Technology Medal award by President Clinton.

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