Exhibition highlights groundbreaking animator

A free public exhibition at Cal State Channel Islands will commemorate the life and work of art lecturer and pioneering animator Kathleen Quaife, an Oak Park resident who died in 2021.

“Kathleen Quaife: A Portrait of the Artist” will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Nov. 14 through Dec. 9 in the Napa Hall Gallery on the Camarillo campus, on the east side of Ventura Street, south of Santa Barbara Avenue.

The exhibition is free and open to the public and includes frame-by-frame animation artworks, film clips, drawings and landscape paintings, examples of Quaife’s groundbreaking animation over four decades for Disney, Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros.

Quaife was best known for her work as an effects animator specializing in the portrayal of water, fire, smoke and electricity. Her methods continue to influence animators working today.

Quaife’s depiction of the oozing villain Hexxus in the 1992 animated film “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” is a cult favorite among animation enthusiasts.

The exhibition features original artworks from Disney films including “Tarzan,” “Hercules,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Pocahontas.”

There also are examples of her work for Don Bluth-directed classics including “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” “The Land Before Time” and “The Secret of NIMH.”

Members of the university art faculty worked with Quaife’s sons, Maxwell and Curtis Hodge of Oak Park, to develop the exhibition.

Visitors can park in free spaces with time limits or buy a $6 day permit.

For more information on the exhibit, call (805) 437-2703.