VENICE, CA — Commercial visual effects studio Animal (www.animalwest.com) has created The Animal Art Fund, a charitable function of the company designed to benefit arts education and animal welfare. The studio has organized a series of fundraising art exhibits that will be shown at its studio in Venice, which opened last June.
The Animal Art Fund will be formally inaugurated on Thursday, January 13, with a private exhibit featuring the work of artists Yarrow Earth Hock and Thuy Le. New shows will continue throughout the year and proceeds will be directed to local animal shelters.
Animal has a history of philanthropy that stems from its Pittsburgh headquarters. For years, the company has endowed two education scholarships at Carnegie Mellon University: the Animal Legacy Scholarship, awarded to students within the College of Fine Arts and the School of Design.
The studio recently produced, animated and self funded a PSA titled Peace for Dogs. The PSA is about dog fighting, told from the perspective of the dogs themselves, and is designed for use by animal welfare and rescue organizations.