Carnegie Visual Arts Center

Of Cardboard, Clay and Cloth: The Inventive Costumes of Lion King Jr.

By • Jun 7th, 2016 • Category: Past Exhibits

July 5 – August 6, 2016 — This exhibit features stellar costumes from a recent production of Lion King Jr. from the creative minds and hands of artists Linda Miller and Michael Wilson Morgan.

Linda Miller lives in Decatur, Alabama. and is a product of Decatur City Schools, graduating in 1985 from Decatur High School. Upon graduating from Montevallo with a Bachelors in Art with a minor in Theatre, Ms. Miller continued into the 5th Year Program at Montevallo and earned her Masters in Education, focus in Art, in 1991. Linda has taught art for 24 years. She has been an essential part of the 17-year history of performing large-scale musical productions with over a 100 students in each cast. For the Lion King Jr., the task of creating the show logo, set design, and 18 animal costume designs that would accommodate 150+ children, outside of the lead 13 characters which were created by Michael Wilson Morgan, took 9 months. “There was never a complete idea. Each costume was a trial and error creative process that percolated and developed as the costume came to completion,” said Linda. The majority of the headpieces are made of cardboard. Each mask was attached to a brimless hat. Then they had a paint stick glued on the back, wedging the mask to the hat, to keep the headpiece stable.

Leon Sheffield Magnet School commissioned Michael Wilson Morgan to design and construct the 13 lead-character costumes, head pieces, and body puppets. “Give me 20 bucks, a cardboard box and an endless supply of hot glue gun sticks and I’ll give you anything you want . . . I joke that I majored in hot glue in college and doing gigs and projects like The Lion King Jr is very rewarding and a true adventure into my crearivity!,” said Michael. He currently lives in Brooklyn, and is an actor and designer of theatrical sets, costumes, and puppets. Michael was raised in Decatur and graduated from Decatur High School. Michael has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media and Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Jimmy Prickett is a resident of Decatur, Alabama and is a Driver Engineer/Paramedic for Decatur Fire and Rescue. He is a self taugh artist who has always loved drawing. He also designed the mask of Scar for his son. Other parents of third, fourth and fifth graders who participated in the play contributed to the finishing touches of the costumes by customizing the base costume Ms. Miller designed. Images by Keela Perkins from the production are also on display.


• Like us on Instagram Contest- Like the designated photo announcing the contest and follow @carnegieartscenter on Instagram.Winners will be selected at random on July 26th to win 4 Tickets to the Bham Zoo.

• Lioness Mask by Artist and Costume designer, Linda Miller- Buy a ticket for a chance to win a Lioness masks that Linda Miller will be painting, exclusively for the winner of the contest. The winner will be announced August 5th.

• Photo Booth in the Carnegie Gift Shop- Try on the masks of the animals in the Carnegie Photo Booth and post a picture wearing the mask with the #lionkingcarnegie in Instagram for another opportunity to win 4 Tickets to the Bham Zoo.

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