Famed Hollywood Artist To Visit Baylor’s Campus

David Negrón
Nov. 4, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 4, 2014) – Not many can boast that their paintings hang in the homes of Steven Spielberg and the Disney families, but David Negrón can. An American impressionist, Negrón is known for his iconic work in the motion picture industry. He will speak on campus at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Room 149.

During the lecture — which is free and open to the public — Negrón will explain his creative process and tell the audience how he made it into the movie industry with impressionist storyboards and movie posters.

Negrón is best known for his poster art, conceptual drawing and painting that contributed to films such as “Hello, Dolly!,” “Jurassic Park,” “Rambo III” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Negrón studied mathematics as an undergraduate, earning his B.A. from Baylor University in 1961. While working for Student Activities, he developed a close relationship with Marie Mathis, director of the Student Union Building and founder of All-University Sing. When Negrón expressed his interest in becoming an artist after graduation, Mathis supplied him with his first stipend to fund his journey. He earned a Bachelor of Professional Arts “with distinction” from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

“David is the personification of what the value of the Baylor degree is,” said Clayton Ellis, director of development at Baylor University.

“Because of his experience at Baylor, he was able to excel at a field completely unrelated. He would not be who he is if he had not come here. David is an example of how when you come to Baylor you can be whoever you want to be.”

Negrón has worked as a movie artist and art director, become a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and taught at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Negrón also will unveil a portrait he painted of Marie Mathis in her honor. The private ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 7, in the Baines Room in the Student Union Building.

The Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is located at 60 Baylor Avenue in Waco.

For more information about Negrón or the lecture, contact Clayton Ellis

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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