When it comes to animation, Patrick O’Keefe is a big deal. As the art director for the groundbreaking movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he recently won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
The Toronto artist recently announced that he was creating an art scholarship to help a student learn animation. He chose the place where he first developed his skills — the Animation Portfolio Workshop on St. Clair Avenue West.
“For years I’ve thought about wanting to give something back to the arts community,” says O’Keefe, who now lives in Los Angeles, where he works at Sony Pictures Animation.
“Growing up in Toronto, I had so many great mentors and teachers and leadership around me. It just felt like now that I’ve attained some success it was time for me to do the right thing and give back.”
The student who meets all the criteria will be awarded a full scholarship. As well, the student will get art supplies and a monthly Skype check-in session with O’Keefe himself.