Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 8, 2013
Jim Rygiel’s road to winning three Oscars started at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which the Kenosha native attended between 1973 and 1977.
In ceremonies Friday, Rygiel, who won a visual effects Oscar for each film in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was scheduled to be given the UWM Chancellor Recognition Award for having "demonstrated excellence."
Rygiel still has family in the area and visits the state often. In an interview last month, Rygiel said he intended to be an architecture major while at UWM, but was interested in “a more intimate style of architecture” than the urban planning the school was known for.
So he switched to fine arts, where one of his professors - sculptor Adolph Rosenblatt, now professor emeritus - taught him how to “think alternatively. One of the exercises we did were one second sketches, in which you literally drew a human figure in one second."
"And it was interesting to see how you honed" that skill...
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