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Creative Design Services

RESUME

Education
Cal State University at Hayward, BA
University of California at Davis, MFA
Professional Background
Current Independent Artist, Designer, Engineer, Berkeley CA
2009 – 12 Manager Toy Division, Stupid Fun Club, Berkeley CA
2005 – 07 Mechanical Engineer / Designer, Runbot Inc., Foster City, CA
2004 Mechanical Engineer, Electronic Arts, Redwood City, CA
2003 Stupid Fun Club with Will Wright and Mike Winter
2002 Member Board of Directors, Public Art Works, Marin County CA

Consulting Services, Marc Thorpe Designs

1994 – 97 CREATOR / Founder / Producer, ROBOT WARS®

A new mechanical sporting event featuring radio-controlled gladiator type competition. It is a sport that blends art, theater, and technology. Robot Wars was the #1 show on BBC2 in the UK.

1991 – 93 SENIOR DESIGNER, LUCASTOYS, DIVISION OF LUCASFILM LTD., SAN RAFAEL, CA

A creative concept division responsible for generating toy lines and individual toy items that are manufactured and marketed by Mattel Toys in partnership with LucasToys. Responsible for concepts, design, execution, and presentation to Mattel and all other major toy companies.

1979 – 91 ANIMATRONIC DESIGNER / CHIEF MODEL MAKER, INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC, SAN RAFAEL, CA

Design and construction of scale models, sets, creatures, puppets, robots, and mechanical effects used in feature films and commercials, including supervision of personnel that assist in construction and fabrication.

1983 DESIGNER / CO-INVENTOR BASEBALL BATTING TEE

A baseball training device. Took the product from basic idea to market through numerous vendor services including injection molding, graphic design / image development, copy writing, patent app. etc. This also included trip to Taiwan to purchase pre-manufactured rubber parts.

1976 FILM PRODUCER / DIRECTOR VILLA ALLEGRE

A TV series produced by Bilingual Children’s Television shown on PBS. Wrote, produced, and directed short segment film pieces.

1976 BETTY AND EVA 16mm short documentary on my Dolphin Performance Project was shown on HBO and Nickelodeon.
1974 – 76 DIRECTOR, DOLPHIN PERFORMANCE PROJECT, MARINELAND OF FLORIDA

One of the first controversial performance art projects funded by National Endowment for the Arts. The project involved training two young female dolphins to perform various synchronous swimming routines as behavioral sculpture — performed live for the general public.

Lectures
1996 DRAGON CON – Atlanta, Georgia Guest Speaker
1995 ROBOFEST 6 – Austin, Texas Guest Speaker
1994 EXPO 94 Cogswell College, Sunnyvale, CA

Robofest 5 – Austin Texas, Guest Speaker

1990 FIRST ANNUAL FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL

Guest Speaker, “ILM Special Visual Effects,” Jacksonville, Florida

1989 THE CREATIVE COMPLEX IN FILM AND TELEVISION

Guest speaker, “ILM Special Visual Effects,” Central Missouri State University, Kansas City, Missouri

1976 – 77 DOLPHIN PERFORMANCE PROJECT

Numerous presentations around San Francisco Bay Area of 16mm Film BETTY AND EVA with slides and lecture.

1974 FROM OBJECT TO PROJECT

Professional Opportunity in Para-Visual Art, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

Teaching
1994 Cogswell College, Special Effects, Modelmaking, Animatronic Design
1991 San Francisco State University Art Dept., Introduction to Robotics
1990 San Francisco State University Art Dept. Introduction to Robotics

Graduate Seminar: Public Art

1973 Cal State Univ. Hayward Art Dept., Introduction to Sculpture
1971 University of California-Davis Art Dept., Head Teaching Assistant – Supervisor / Teacher for Art Dept. program of Introduction to Art for non-majors
Exhibitions
2000 WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE — Solo exhibition, Graystone Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1999 WHAT IS ART FOR? — Curated by W.T. Wiley / Mary Webster, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (March – July)
1995 ARTISTS OF INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC

Falkirk Community Center, San Rafael, CA

1993 IN REVERENCE OF WOOD

Cal State University Art Gallery, Hayward, CA

1977 ALUMNI SHOW
UC Davis Art Department Gallery
1976 – 77 Riverside City College, Riverside, CA*

Jesse Bessen Museum, Alpena, Michigan*

Scottsdale Fine Arts Center, Scottsdale AZ*

Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa*

Everett Community College, Everett, Wash*

1975 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA*

Cook County Museum, Sundance, Wyoming*

1973 ALUMNI SHOW Cal State Univ. Hayward, CA
1972 Delta Show – San Francisco Art Institute Gallery
1971 METAL EXPERIENCE Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1970 SAME BOAT, DIFFERENT OCEANS

One man show, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA

DAVIS BUNCH, Artists Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA

KINGSLEY ANNUAL – Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

NORTHERN CALIF ARTIST Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

1969 KINGSLEY ANNUAL Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA

VAN DER VOORT GALLERY San Francisco, CA

*Western Association of Art Museums, traveling collage show.
Performances
1999 COW BABIES for close of exhibition: “What is Art For?”
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1987 Home on the Strange

(Producer / Performer) with JTM Productions,

Jacksonville Children’s Museum, Jacksonville, Florida

1984 OUT OUR WAY UC Davis Drama Theater with W.T. Wiley
1982 SOME INCH HAUNTED EVENING Wiley and Friends, Herbst Theater, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (HOME ON THE STRANGE)
1978 OUT OUR WAY UC Davis Drama Theater with W.T. Wiley
1974 – 76 DOLPHIN PERFORMANCE PROJECT

Marineland of Florida, St. Augustine, Florida

1972 SLEEPWALK Delta Show, San Francisco Art Institute

AN EVENING WITH BEAN, UC Davis Drama Theater, Davis, CA

1971 WHEEL OF LIFE UC Davis Drama Theater with W.T. Wiley
1971 Curator / Producer Performances

this early performance program that included performances by
William T. Wiley, Jim Melchert, Bill Morrison, Howard Fried and myself (ATTACK), University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

1970 SLEEPWALK UC Davis Art Department