Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120, or
William Joyce office, 318-869-0180
William Joyce to Lease Office Space at Centenary College, Share Time and
Talent with Campus Community
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Writer-illustrator
William Joyce is collaborating with Centenary College in an arrangement
that will bring Joyce's business operations to campus and allow students
access to the best-selling author and Emmy Award winner.
By April 1, Joyce and his staff are
expected to move into specially renovated offices occupying the entire
second floor of Centenary's Peters Building. The leased offices will
include innovative and adaptable studio space, conference rooms and office
areas in a space that covers approximately 3,400 square feet.
"We are delighted that Bill Joyce
has decided to stay in Shreveport. His presence here will offer many
benefits to our community and our campus," said Centenary President Kenneth
L. Schwab. "The kind of work he does is exciting and innovative.
We are fortunate to have access to the creative talent his organization
brings to our campus. Bill Joyce is a wonderful resource for Shreveport
and the college community."
Schwab said that Joyce has agreed
to support the educational goals of the college by sharing his time and
talents with staff and students in the form of lectures, in-house demonstrations,
office tours, employment opportunities and internships as his production
The multi-talented Joyce, who juggles
assignments on the East and West Coasts, is a native and lifelong resident
of Shreveport. For more than a decade, he has written and illustrated
award-winning children's books. He has illustrated numerous covers
for The New Yorker magazine, has co-written and produced the feature
film, Buddy, and has seen his works adapted for stage and displayed
in art galleries across the nation. He won two Emmys for his popular
children's show, William Joyce's Rolie Polie Olie, and he contributed
his creative expertise to the feature film world by creating conceptual
characters for such films as Toy Story and A Bug's Life.
Joyce's second television series, William Joyce's George Shrinks,
is part of the PBS Bookworm Bunch and has recently been selected to air
daily in the fall of 2002.
Known for his distinct and striking
drawings and imaginative story-telling, Joyce has produced a number of
best-selling children's books, including Santa Calls, Dinosaur Bob,
Rolie Polie Olie and The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
New books released this past fall were a deluxe edition of Santa Calls,
as well as numerous board books in the Rolie Polie Olie series, including
Sleepy Time Olie and Stick or Treat, a Rolie Polie Olie Halloween
Joyce also recently contributed to
Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies, a collection
of comic strips from various artists, and Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary
Celebration, a collection of stories and art celebrating the inspiration
of The Wizard of Oz.
Joyce is a graduate of Southern Methodist
University, where he studied filmmaking and illustration.
Renovation of the previously unfinished
second floor of the Peters Building is being coordinated by Shreveport
architect Mike McSwain of Slack, Alost and McSwain. The Peters Building
is adjacent to Centenary's Meadows Museum of Art and houses the college's
Admissions offices and the Jack London Research Center on the first floor.
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